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Friday, April 03 2009


AQUEDUCT NOTES; Friday, April 3, 2009


A reminder that Aqueduct Racetrack will be closed on Palm Sunday, April 5, for both live racing and simulcasting.

The Big A will be open for simulcasting only on Monday and Tuesday, April 6-7. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. There is no admission or parking charge.

Live racing resumes at Aqueduct on Wednesday, April 8, with first race post at 1 p.m.





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Thursday, April 02 2009


WOOD MEMORIAL COINFERENCE CALL


Trainer Jeff Mullins on Gotham Stakes winner, I Want Revenge:

What was behind the decision to ship I Want Revenge home to California after initially announcing the decision to keep him in training here in New York?

We figured we had plenty of time, we had 4 weeks, and he’d probably be happier at home, and the weather is a lot nicer at home. I know I’m always happier in my own bed, so we just decided to go ahead and take him home.





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Wednesday, April 01 2009


WOOD MEMORIAL NOTES, Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Paraneck Stable’s Cellar Dweller breezed five furlongs in 1:01.21 on the main track at Aqueduct Racetrack this morning and later was entered in Saturday’s 85th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial for three-year-olds at nine furlongs.

The Rahy colt is out of Oriole Way, whose sire, Cahill Road, won the 1991 Wood Memorial. Paraneck Stable, headed by Ernie Paragallo, is a two-time Wood Memorial winner with Unbridled’s Song (1996) and Adonis (1999).





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I WANT REVENGE ALSO WANTS ANOTHER STRONG SHOWING IN WOOD


At this point in the Thoroughbred racing season, with just over four weeks until the Kentucky Derby on May 2, time has become even more precious. Horses that have flashed ability have to put it together and get enough graded stakes earnings to qualify for the Derby’s 20-horse field or miss the once-in-a-lifetime chance to “Run for the Roses” at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.

For I Want Revenge, the impressive winner of the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 7, Saturday’s 85th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial is another opportunity to show that his progress is far from complete. If he can deliver a similar effort in New York’s last major Kentucky Derby prep to his 8 ½-length Gotham romp, I Want Revenge will convince many that he will be the horse to beat in Kentucky.





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SOLID FIELDS SET FOR BAY SHORE, EXCELSIOR


Having a horse on the Kentucky Derby trail is something that most horsemen can only dream about. But for trainer Ian Wilkes and owners Joseph Rauch and David Zell, having fun is more important than dreams of Derby glory.

So when Capt. Candyman Can finished a well-beaten fourth as the favorite in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth to Quality Road, the trio had no qualms about pulling him off the road to the Triple Crown.





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TALE OF EKATI EYES ANOTHER BIG A GRADE 1 IN CARTER ‘CAP


Charles E. Fipke’s Tale of Ekati looks for his third Grade 1 victory and a complete sweep of Aqueduct’s Grade 1 offerings for males in this Saturday’s $300,000 Carter Handicap at seven furlongs over the main track.

After finishing sixth in last year’s Louisiana Derby, the then-three-year-old son of Tale of the Cat returned to his home base in New York and ran down War Pass to finish first in the 2008 Wood Memorial. He closed out the year winning the Grade 1Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile upon Harlem Rocker’s disqualification for interference in the stretch.





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Monday, March 30 2009


DOMINGUEZ SWEEPS NY STALLION STAKES EN ROUTE TO FOUR WINS


Jockey Ramon Dominguez rode four winners Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, including both $100,000 divisions of the New York Stallions Stakes, to put an exclamation point on his brilliant record-setting Big A inner dirt track championship.

Dominguez, a 32-year-old native of Caracas, Venezuela, had already locked up his second consecutive inner track title, entering Sunday’s card with 120 victories, while his nearest rival was C.C Lopez with 59 winners. His four wins on Sunday gave him 124 for the inner track season, which began on December 3, 2008.





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AQUEDUCT NOTES, Sunday, March 29, 2009


The New York Racing Association will offer a live 11-race card on Wood Memorial Day, Saturday, April 4, beginning with a first race post of 1 p.m.

Four graded stakes, headed by the 85th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial for three-year-olds at nine furlongs, will make a up a guaranteed $400,000 late Pick 4, beginning in race 7.





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Saturday, March 28 2009


DREYFUS OBIT


John “Jack” Dreyfus, Sr., the “Lion of Wall Street” who became one of Thoroughbred racing’s more prominent owners, died Friday. Chairman of the New York Racing Association’s Board of Trustees in 1969 and 1975, Dreyfus was 95.

Born August 28, 1913 in Montgomery, Ala., the founder of the Dreyfus Funds graduated from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He is widely publicized for being the man who “invented” the commonplace mutual fund through direct marketing to the public.





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WEATHERED WEATHERS ALL CHALLENGES AND WINS NEXT MOVE


Chevalier Stable’s heavily favored Weathered turned back two challenges Saturday afternoon and powered on to a 1 ½-length victory in the 35th running of the Grade 3, $107,800 Next Move – the final graded stakes race of the Aqueduct Racetrack inner dirt season.

Trained by Karl Grusmark and ridden by Mike Luzzi, the 4-year-old New York-bred daughter of Key Contender won for the second time in three starts this year, all at the Big A, as the favorite of 4,197 fans. The Next Move, for fillies and mares, was at nine furlongs on the fast inner dirt track, the same distance as her victory in the February 21st Rare Treat.





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AQUEDUCT NOTES; Friday, March 27, 2009


Mr. Fantasy, third behind I Want Revenge in the Gotham Stakes, will skip the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack on April 4 in favor of the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers on April 25, Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds, said Friday.

Finley said the decision to bypass New York’s final major prep for the May 2 Kentucky Derby was made after trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who had been in Florida, visited with the colt en route to Dubai.





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Friday, March 27 2009


NYRA & MSG PLUS ANNOUNCE EXCITING LINEUP OF LIVE HORSE RACING TELECASTS


New York, NY, March 27, 2009 – MSG Plus, in partnership with New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), announced today a strong slate of live horse racing programming for this summer. MSG Plus will kick things off with the important Kentucky Derby prep race, the Wood Memorial, on Saturday, April 4, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Then starting on Saturday, August 1, the network will telecast five “Saturdays at Saratoga,” going live from the historic Saratoga Race Course for eight championship caliber stakes. Jason Blewitt, Eric Donovan and Andy Serling will provide commentary for the telecasts.

“Last year tri-state area fans showed enormous interest in the Woodward Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup, and we are excited to offer even more top notch events live on MSG Plus,” said Lydia Murphy-Stephans, executive vice president of programming and production, MSG Media. “This new collection of exciting races for the summer enhances our premier lineup of horse racing programming, and reinforces our commitment to offer area fans a variety of first-rate sporting events.”





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