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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LAUS DEO GROWS UP FAST IN COUNT FLEET


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Fox Hill Farm’s Laus Deo made the lead soon after the start and never looked back in winning the 35th running of the $65,000 Count Fleet for 3-year-olds on Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Ridden by David Cohen, Laus Deo set comfortable early fractions of 24.30 and 49.48 seconds while being tracked by odds-on favorite Ibboyee. As the field entered the far turn, Laus Deo opened up a clear advantage and was never seriously challenged through the stretch en route to a three-quarter length win over Worth a Buck.





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$223 WINNER LIGHTS UP AQUEDUCT TOTE BOARD


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – It was a lucrative start to 2010 for the lucky horseplayers backing George Santangelo’s homebred Hudson Heights in Race 6 at Aqueduct Saturday, as the 110.50-1 longshot colt rallied late up the outside to win by a head.

Hudson Heights returned $223 for a $2 win bet, the highest win payout at a NYRA track in more than a decade. On February 6, 1999, Barrier Free won the first race at Aqueduct and paid $338. The record for a win payout at a NYRA track ($434) was set by Markobob at Aqueduct on September 3, 1943.





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Friday, January 01 2010


DOMINGUEZ, CONTESSA, REPOLE TOP 2009 NYRA STANDINGS


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The last day of 2009 found Ramon Dominguez in the same place as the first – atop the jockey standings and in the winner’s circle at Aqueduct Racetrack.

New York’s leading rider wrapped up his record-breaking year on The New York Racing Association, Inc. circuit by piloting a pair of winners to finish with 376 victories, 152 more than runner-up Rajiv Maragh. Dominguez, 32, won the 2009 riding titles at all three NYRA tracks – Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course – and his 376 winners were second only to Steve Cauthen’s 433 wins in 1977.





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DISTORTED PASSION CONCLUDES CAREER WITH A WIN


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Gulf Coast Farms’ Distorted Passion made the final start of her career a winning one, taking command at the top of the stretch and holding off stablemate Awesome Ashley to win the 89th running of the Interborough Stakes Friday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The 5-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor, who is to be sold at the end of the month at the Horses of All Ages Sale at Keeneland, broke sharply from the rail and stayed on the inside, just behind Casanova Killer, through fractions of 23.60 and 47.49. Moving up on the turn, Distorted Passion grabbed the lead straightening for home and had just enough left to turn back the late rally from Awesome Ashley and win by a half-length.





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TIGER’S ROCK UPSETS STABLEMATE IN GALLANT FOX


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Starlight Racing’s Tiger’s Rock, the largest price of a trio of runners sent out by trainer Todd Pletcher, cruised past odds-on favorite and stablemate Nite Light to win the 71st running of the $72,800 Gallant Fox Thursday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Sent off the fifth choice in the field of 12 at 11.80-1, Tiger’s Rock raced in mid-pack through the early stages of the 1 5/8-mile marathon while Lord Kipling set opening fractions of 24.24 and 48.81 seconds.





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FIVE FILLIES LOOK TO CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS IN RUTHLESS


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A field of five newly-minted 3-year-old fillies looks to begin 2010 on the right foot as they take to Aqueduct’s inner track Sunday for the 33rd running of the six-furlong, $65,000-added Ruthless Stakes.

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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ROAD TO TRIPLE CROWN BEGINS IN COUNT FLEET


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – In 2004, a 3-year-old named Smarty Jones shipped from Philadelphia Park to Aqueduct Racetrack to win the Count Fleet Stakes. Four months later, he won the Kentucky Derby.

In 2009, a New York-bred named Haynesfield won the Count Fleet in his first start against open company. The Speightstown colt went on to win the $100,000 Whirlaway in his next start and added victories in the $250,000 Empire Classic and Grade 3 Discovery later in the year.





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Wednesday, December 30 2009


AWESOME ASHLEY LOOKS TO USHER IN 2010 WITH A WIN


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Alex G. Campbell, Jr.’s Awesome Ashley looks to ring in the New Year in the same fashion she kicked off her 2009 campaign – with a stakes win over the inner track at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Winner of the Plankton Stakes here last January 8, the gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song heads a field of five fillies and mares assembled for Friday’s 89th edition of the $65,000 Interborough Stakes, a race won over the years by such stars as Affectionately (1963-64), Ta Wee (1969-70) and Xtra Heat (2002).





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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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