Saturday, January 16 2010


RACHEL’S WOODWARD SELECTED BY FANS AS NYRA’S STORY OF THE YEAR


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Rachel Alexandra’s extraordinary victory in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course has been voted by fans as NYRA’s 2009 “Story of the Year.” The victory eclipsed four other compelling tales from New York racing, including jockey Ramon Dominguez’s superlative year and Linda Rice’s historic Saratoga training title.

“The year was filled with memorable stories and I am delighted that Rachel Alexandra’s race in the Woodward won top honors,” said owner Jess Jackson, whose Stonestreet Stable campaigns the filly with Harold McCormick. “It was an extraordinary race in which she repelled a series of challenges, a race which displayed her courage and tenacity.





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NYRA DONATES $5,000 TO AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR HAITIAN RELIEF EFFORT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today that it will contribute $5,000 to the American Red Cross toward the Haitian Relief effort.

“NYRA is proud to support the Haitian Relief effort and offer its assistance during this time of crisis,” NYRA President and CEO Charles Hayward said. “We encourage people to join us in sending donations to help those affected by this catastrophe.”





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Friday, January 15 2010


RED BENGAL LOOKS TO EARN STRIPES IN JIMMY WINKFIELD


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – An evenly-matched field of five has signed on to contest Monday’s $65,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes for 3-year-olds to be run at six furlongs over Aqueduct Racetrack’s inner track.

The Jimmy Winkfield is scheduled as the eighth of nine races on the Big A’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday card.





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Thursday, January 14 2010


INNER TRACK VETERAN FACES NEW FOES IN AFFECTIONATELY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – At this time last year, Seahorse Stable’s Yet Again was preparing to make her third start over Aqueduct’s inner track in the 2009 edition of the 1 1/16th-mile Affectionately Stakes for older fillies and mares.

Following an allowance win in December and a third-place finish in an overnight stakes in early January, the Catienus filly was sent off in the Affectionately at 8.70-1, the longest shot on the board in a four-horse race. She charged up late for a 2¾-length upset.





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PLETCHER LOOKS TO CONTINUE SUCCESS IN EVENING ATTIRE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Todd Pletcher’s name has been a common sight atop the trainer standings over the years at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, but it’s a bit unusual to find him ahead of perennial leader Gary Contessa in the heart of Aqueduct Racetrack’s inner track meet.

Through Wednesday, Pletcher had saddled 17 winners over the inner track, seven more than Contessa. More tellingly, Pletcher-trained horses have been major factors in some of the Big A’s higher-profile stakes races, with Tiger’s Rock and Nite Light finishing 1-2 in the Gallant Fox on New Year’s Eve, Distorted Passion and Awesome Ashley taking down the top two spots in the Interborough on New Year’s Day and Ibboyee winning the Damon Runyon and Awesome Ashley victorious in the Garland of Roses last month.





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EIGHTYFIVEINAFIFTY SPEEDS ONTO TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Locally-based trainer Gary Contessa trains hundreds of horses and has been the leading trainer in New York for four consecutive years.

His stables are home to everything from bottom-priced claimers to high-priced stakes horses, but it’s a recent maiden winner who has him talking Kentucky Derby.





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Monday, January 11 2010


INDIAN BURN SMOKES FIELD IN RUTHLESS


That’s how jockey Richard Migliore summed up his winning trip aboard Crossed Sabres Farm’s Indian Burn in the $65,000 Ruthless Stakes Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Forced to check after being pinched at the start, the 3-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie trailed through the early going as Milc Kids and Argent Affair led through a half in 47.70. Gaining momentum approaching the quarter pole, Migliore swung the filly wide and she drew off to win by 1¼ lengths.





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Sunday, January 10 2010


AGE OF HUMOR RUNS AWAY WITH BUSANDA


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – There was no kidding around for TYB Stable’s Age of Humor in Saturday’s 37th running of the $65,000 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Taking the lead right out of the starting gate, the 3-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor raced uncontested through early fractions of 24.04 and 48.56. After opening up more than two lengths on the rest of the field going into the stretch, the filly held off a late rally from Fuzzy Britches to hit the wire 1¼ lengths in front.





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Thursday, January 07 2010


RUTHLESS RETURNS SUNDAY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – With last Sunday’s scheduled running of the $65,000 Ruthless Stakes postponed due to weather-related cancellation of live racing, a re-drawn field of six newly-minted 3-year-old fillies will take to Aqueduct’s inner track Sunday for the rescheduled 33rd edition of the six-furlong race.

Last year, West Point Thoroughbreds’ Justwhistledixie made the Ruthless the second stop on a five-race win streak that included four straight stakes. She would go on to finish second in both the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont Park and the Grade 2 Top Flight at Aqueduct later in the year.





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FUZZY BRITCHES MAY MAKE QUICK TURNAROUND IN BUSANDA


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Lansdon B. Robbins’ Fuzzy Britches, a six-furlong allowance winner at Aqueduct Racetrack on Wednesday, may make a rapid return in Saturday’s 37th running of the $65,000 Busanda for 3-year-old fillies going one mile and 70 yards over the inner track.

The morning line favorite at 6-5, Fuzzy Britches kept fine company as a juvenile, running third behind Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Tapitsfly in October’s off-the-turf edition of the Miss Grillo stakes at Belmont Park. She was third again in the Grade 2, 1 1/8-mile Demoiselle at Aqueduct on November 28 and finished her 2-year-old campaign with a 1-1-2 record from four starts, three of them in stakes company.





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Monday, January 04 2010


JOCKEYS STUDART, COHEN PUT MUSCLE BEHIND MDA EVENT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Jockeys Maylan Studart and David Cohen will be representing Aqueduct Racetrack Tuesday evening at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s 2010 Muscle Team Gala and Benefit Auction in support of the search to find a cure for neuromuscular diseases.

It will be the second year that Studart, a 20-year-old rider from Brazil, has joined the dozens of other professional athletes from New York and New Jersey at the gala event, which is being held for the 13th year and which is expected to raise more than $1 million in support of the MDA’s work.





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Sunday, January 03 2010


LIVE RACING AT AQUEDUCT CANCELED SUNDAY; SIMULCASTING AVAILABLE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Due to frigid temperatures and high winds, Aqueduct Racetrack will not have live racing on Sunday, January 3. The facility will be open for simulcasting, and NYRA Rewards telebet and internet wagering will both be available as well.

The Ruthless Stakes will be rescheduled for Sunday, January 10.





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