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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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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