Monday, December 28 2009


WISHFUL TOMCAT WIRES FIELD IN ALEX M. ROBB


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – IEAH Stables’ Wishful Tomcat made a successful return to racing after a six-month break Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, going wire-to-wire to beat six other New York-breds in the 31st running of the $69,550 Alex M. Robb Handicap.

Making his first start since June 27, the 4-year-old son of Tactical Cat grabbed the lead right out of the gate and rolled easily through fractions of 24.98, 50.44 and 1:15.15 over the muddy going. Briefly challenged as the field straightened for home, Wishful Tomcat then pulled clear under the urging of jockey Ramon Dominguez to hit the wire 2 3/4 lengths in front of Naughty New Yorker.





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FULL FIELD OF MARATHONERS SET FOR 2009 NYRA STAKES FINALE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A field of 12 – including last year’s runner-up, Lord Kipling, and a trio from trainer Todd Pletcher – will wrap up the 2009 stakes schedule at Aqueduct Racetrack in Thursday’s $65,000-added Gallant Fox at 1-5/8 miles over the inner track.

Ben Mondello’s Lord Kipling enters the Gallant Fox off a wire-to-wire allowance score at Laurel and looks to add to his already impressive record in marathons. In seven career starts at 1½-miles or longer over conventional dirt, Lord Kipling is 4-2-0 with his only off-the-board finish coming over a sloppy track.





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Sunday, December 27 2009


DIGGER DIGS IN TO WIN GRAVESEND


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Repole Stable’s Digger led nearly every step and held off favored Pashito the Che in the closing strides Saturday afternoon to win Aqueduct Racetrack’s $65,000 Gravesend Handicap by a nose.

Ridden by Rosie Napravnik, the 5-year-old son of Yonaguska went to the front right after the break, setting fractions of 23.84 and 47.02 with Pashito the Che in close pursuit. Opening up by daylight as the field of seven headed for home, Digger began drifting out in deep stretch but had enough left to turn back the 3-5 favorite’s late flurry, completing the six furlongs in 1:11.66 over an inner track rated fast.





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Wednesday, December 23 2009


WISHFUL TOMCAT RETURNS TO ACTION IN ALEX M. ROBB


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – IEAH Stable’s Wishful Tomcat puts his New York winning streak on the line when he makes his return to racing against six other state-breds in Sunday’s $65,000 Alex M. Robb Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Since breaking his maiden on the inner track on December 12, 2007, the 4-year-old son of Tactical Cat is undefeated in eight starts at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, including three straight victories in the King’s Point Handicap, the Seaport Mac Stakes and the Fratello Ed Stakes over the spring and summer.





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GRAVESEND HIGHLIGHTS RACING’S RETURN TO BIG A


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Racing returns to Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, December 26, with a field of seven sprinters assembled for the 51st running of the $65,000 Gravesend Handicap.

Pashito the Che puts a three-race winning streak on the line in the six-furlong Gravesend, which will be run as the third race on the nine-race card, as he looks to wrap up a highly successful year for Off The Hook Racing. The 3-year-old son of Flatter is 6-2-0 from eight starts since arriving at trainer Scott Lake’s barn in the spring after starting his career in Florida.





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Friday, December 11 2009


NYRA ANNOUNCES ANTI-SLAUGHTER POLICY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced an anti-slaughter policy that introduces harsh penalties to offending horsemen while encouraging them to support horse rescue and adoption initiatives.

The newly created policy is as follows:

Any owner or trainer stabled at a New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) track found to have directly or indirectly sold a horse for slaughter will have his or her stalls permanently revoked from all NYRA tracks. NYRA requires its horsemen to conduct due diligence on those buying horses and encourages them to support rescue and adoption efforts and to find humane ways of dealing with horses unable to continue racing.





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Wednesday, December 09 2009


RESEARCHER TO DEFEND QUEENS COUNTY TITLE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Saturday’s 104th running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Queens County Handicap features the return of last year’s winner, Researcher, who will attempt to defend his title in the 1 3/16th-mile race over Aqueduct’s inner track.

Both this year and last, Rutledge Farm’s Researcher followed the same path to the Queens County, running in the HBPA Governor’s Cup Handicap at Charles Town Races and Slots in October and the Mountaineer Mile at Mountaineer Park in November. In 2008, the gelded son of Two Smart won both races and though he finished second in the Mountaineer Mile last month, trainer Jeff Runco believes breaking from the outside post in the field of eight was a disadvantage.





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AQUEDUCT RACETRACK CANCELS LIVE RACING WEDNESDAY; OPEN FOR SIMULCASTING


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Due to inclement weather conditions and high wind, live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack has been cancelled for today, Wednesday, December 9. Aqueduct will however be open for Simulcast and Telephone wagering. Live racing is scheduled to resume tomorrow, Thursday, December 10.



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Monday, December 07 2009


OPUS A, IBBOYEE WIN THE HARD WAY IN JUVENILE STAKES


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The official distance for the 72nd running of the $71,800 East View was one mile and 70 yards, but Broadway Blue Stable’s Opus A ran much further than that en route to her first stakes score Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Equipped with blinkers for the first time, Opus A broke from post No. 10 and raced five wide nearly every step of the way.





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Sunday, December 06 2009


AWESOME ASHLEY PROVES IT IN GARLAND OF ROSES


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Awesome Ashley proved true to her name Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, rallying wide to get up in the final yards of the $70,500 Garland of Roses Handicap.

Unhurried early, she sat well behind pacesetter Hold That Prospect through opening fractions of 22.95 and 46.76. Launching her bid at the quarter pole, the 5-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song closed steadily to cross the wire a neck in front of Lady Alexander, with stablemate Distorted Passion a half-length behind in third.





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AQUEDUCT RACETRACK NOTES: Saturday, December 5, 2009


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Summer Bird, winner of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup, underwent successful surgery to repair a nondisplaced fracture of his left fore cannon bone and is expected to return to racing next year.

“As long as rehab goes smoothly, he should make a full recovery,” said trainer Tim Ice of Summer Bird, who was operated on Friday upon returning from Japan, where he suffered the injury while training for the Japan Cup Dirt. “There was no cartilage damage at all. They inserted one screw, and it went in with no problem and fit like a glove.”





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Friday, December 04 2009


PAIR OF STATE-BRED JUVENILE STAKES TOP SUNDAY CARD AT BIG A


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A pair of $65,000-added stakes for New York-bred juveniles highlight the Sunday card at Aqueduct Racetrack with the 31st running of the Damon Runyon for colts and the 72nd running of the East View for fillies both at one mile and 70 yards on the inner track.

The Damon Runyon, which will be run as the seventh of nine races, attracted a field of eight headlined by Anstu Stables’ multiple stakes winner Ibboyee. The Medallist colt suffered the first loss of his four-race career last out, finishing fourth over a sloppy track in the Sleepy Hollow on New York Showcase Day at Belmont Park, but prior to that had won back-to-back stakes at Finger Lakes for trainer Todd Pletcher.





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