Sunday, April 19 2009


DUTROW STREAK HALTED AT SIX


Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.’s bid at the late Oscar Barrera’s New York Racing Association record of saddling eight straight winners was halted Saturday afternoon when Austin Laviva Baby ran fifth in the sixth race at Aqueduct.

Dutrow’s streak began on Thursday when Angel Aly ($6.40) won the sixth race and Argentine-bred Super Shape ($7.40) won the eighth. All three of his horses on Friday – Eclectic ($5.40) in the fifth, Confirmondi ($3) in the seventh and Boowoogeemolia ($4.70) in the eighth – were winners.





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AQUEDUCT NOTES, Saturday, April 18, 2009


Kentucky Derby hopeful Quality Road was in fine form Saturday morning, one day after turning in a bullet six-furlong work on Belmont Park’s training track.

“He’s fine, everything is good,” said trainer Jimmy Jerkens, adding that the Grade 1 Florida Derby winner will have one more work, either Saturday or Sunday, before departing next Tuesday for his engagement in the May 2 Kentucky Derby.





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Friday, April 17 2009


SAVE YOUR BUCKS AT BELMONT PARK; $1 OFF SPECIAL ANNOUNCED


In order to make a day at the races more affordable, The New York Racing Association has announced the Save Your Bucks deal for the opening month of the 2009 Belmont Park Spring/Summer Meet. Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from April 29 through May 29, fans will receive $1 off general parking, admission, beer, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza.

“NYRA has the best fans in the world, and the Save Your Bucks deal is our way of thanking them for their support,” said Charles Hayward, NYRA President & CEO. “By discounting parking, admission, food, and drinks, individuals and families alike will be able to save money on almost all of the amenities offered at Belmont Park.”





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PLENTY OF WORK AVAILABLE FOR UPCOMING SARATOGA MEET


It takes a lot of work to put on the greatest Thoroughbred racing meet in the world, and Saratoga Race Course is eager to get help established for its 2009, 36-day meet that runs from Wednesday, July 29-Labor Day, Monday, September 7.

To meet its demand for help at Saratoga, the New York Racing Association will conduct a series of Open Houses to interview candidates for different positions. These include turf work, general labor, greenhouse work/planting, betting clerks, security, ushers, parking attendants, customer service and group sales representatives and admission cashiers.





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Aqueduct Notes 4.16.09


Jockey Anna Rose Napravnik will bring her first season riding in New York to a close this weekend. Napravnik, who moved her tack to New York in late November, enjoyed success over Aqueduct’s inner track, finishing 5th in the standings with 39 victories, just two behind 4th place rider Eddie Castro.

“It was a real introduction period when we first got here,” Napravnik said of her arrival in New York. “Then, more and more people started to support us, business picked up and we finished out well. A lot of appreciation goes toward [those trainers] who started riding me in the beginning because I was out there on their horses showing everyone I could ride.”





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BED O’ROSES OFFERS LOOK AT BUDDING TALENT


This time of year, as horses return north from their winter quarters, it is not uncommon for trainers, looking for just the right spot, to cross-enter runners. Sometimes, it is merely feeling out the competition to see what’s out there. At other times, it may be a chance to pick up some black type.

Maryland-based trainer Michael Trombetta is weighing his options this weekend with Jeff Singer’s Cowgirls Don’t Cry, and it may be a last-minute decision as to where she runs.





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BELMONT FANS, SAVE YOUR BUCKS! ENJOY $PRING AT THE PARK


A protracted, cold winter and a longer and lousier economic climate has everybody down, but in fact, spring is here and brings the chance to get your spirits lifted with the approaching Opening Day of Belmont Park's 2009 Spring/Summer Meet on Wednesday, April 29. To make life a little easier on its fans, Belmont Park will offer "Save Your Bucks" every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through May 29. On those days, fans can enjoy $1 off general parking, admission, beer and soda, hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza.

Excluding Belmont Stakes Day, June 6, general admission is normally $2 and clubhouse admission is $5; while general parking is $2, preferred parking $7 and valet parking $7.





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Sunday, April 12 2009


DREAM PLAY TAKES LEAD AND RINGS UP COMELY


Stewart L. Armstrong’s Dream Play, making her first start on Aqueduct’s main track, put away Grade 1 winner Laragh on Saturday afternoon, then splashed home to a 5½-length victory in the 60th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Comely for three-year-old fillies at a mile.

Ridden by jockey Eddie Castro for his third victory of the afternoon, Dream Play took the lead early and tried to put Laragh tight on the rail through an opening quarter of 23.77. Jockey Ramon Dominguez, aboard Laragh, the Hollywood Starlet winner, got the message and moved his mount outside to stalk the leader after a half of 48.16.






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Thursday, April 09 2009


Patrick Mahony promoted to NYRA Senior Vice President


A respected expert in Pari-Mutuel operations, Patrick Mahony has been promoted to the post of Senior Vice President of Mutuels, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today. His previous title had been Vice President of Pari-Mutuel Operations. Mahony joined NYRA in 2003 after a distinguished career at Gulfstream Park, Calder, Hialeah, Atlantic City Race Track, Garden State Race Track, and Monmouth Park.

“At NYRA, Pat has worked diligently to position our Mutuel department as one of the finest in the industry,” NYRA President and CEO Charles Hayward said. “He’s put a solid management team in place while establishing the highest standards of credibility and integrity. In addition, Pat has worked with the New York State Racing and Wagering Board and industry organizations on national tote strategies and protocols.”





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Wednesday, April 08 2009


STABLE NOTES, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8TH, 2009


TUSCAN EVENING EYES THIRD STRAIGHT IN SUNDAY’S LAS CIENEGAS

Tuscan Evening seeks her third straight win in the United States in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.

The Irish-bred daughter of Oasis Dream trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for owner William de Burgh broke her maiden by five lengths Jan. 22 in her U.S. debut on Santa Anita’s unique downhill course, then came back to win an allowance race on the same course by nearly four lengths on Feb. 28.





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LARAGH MAKES 2009 DEBUT IN GRADE 2 COMELY


If she kicks off her 2009 campaign the way she finished up 2008, it could be quite a year for Laragh.

The lanky gray daughter of Tapit, who closed out her 2-year-old season with a front-running victory in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet on December 13, makes her sophomore and main track debut at Aqueduct Racetrack Saturday, heading a field of six in the 60th renewal of the Grade 2, $150,000 Comely for three-year-old fillies at a mile.





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AQUEDUCT NOTES; Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Quality Road did trainer Jimmy Jerkens a solid Wednesday morning, galloping a mile and three-eighths on the fast training track at Belmont Park and showing no ill-effects of a quarter crack on his right-hind hoof.

Jerkens, whose charge is considered among the top choices for the May 2 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, originally discovered the quarter crack in the winners’ circle following the Elusive Quality colt’s track-record performance in the Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 28, when he covered nine furlongs in 1:47.72 in a 1 ¾-length victory over even-money favorite Dunkirk.





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