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Friday, April 17 2009


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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Monday, April 06 2009


WOOD MEMORIAL DAY FOLLOW-UP NOTES


Despite his troubled trip in Saturday’s 85th running of the Grade 1, nine-furlong Wood Memorial, IEAH Stables and David J. Lanzman’s I Want Revenge was feeling no ill-effects on Sunday morning.

“He came out the race real well,” said trainer Jeff Mullins, sipping a Red Bull outside of trainer Tony Dutrow’s barn at Aqueduct Racetrack. “We had him out this morning, went over him from head to toe, and everything looks good.”





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Saturday, April 04 2009


KODIAK KOWBOY CONTINUES NY LOVE AFFAIR WITH CARTER WIN


One thing is for sure -- Kodiak Kowboy loves New York.

Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, the 4-year-old son of Posse added the $300,000 Carter Handicap to his local resume, rallying through the stretch to post a head victory over Fabulous Strike for his first Grade 1 win.





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AFTER ALL THAT, I WANT REVENGE NAILS WOOD


I Want Revenge overcame a horrible start, traffic problems and seven other three-year-olds Saturday afternoon to win the 85th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Rracetrack by a length and a half over West Side Bernie.

In what is certain to be rated as one of the top races of the year, the Stephen Got Even colt thrilled the crowd of 7,209, which had made him the overwhelming favorite, with a demonstration of courage and ability not often seen in horses making their eighth career start.





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GIANT MOON COMES FULL CIRCLE IN EXCELSIOR


Albert Fried Jr.’s Giant Moon, allowed to dawdle with Cool Coal Man through pedestrian early fractions, out-dueled that rival through the lane to post a half-length victory Saturday afternoon in Aqueduct’s 97th running of the Grade 3, $199,334 Excelsior for three-year-olds and up at nine furlongs on the main track.

Giant Moon, a 4-year-old, New York-bred Giants Causeway colt hooked Cool Coal Man from the start on the fast track, but they were allowed to get away with a pace of 25.45, 50.69, 1:14.76 and 1:38.62. When they finally set down to do business in the lane, Giant Moon had the leader targeted and moved away to win in 1:50.90.





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