Wednesday, December 23 2009


GRAVESEND HIGHLIGHTS RACING’S RETURN TO BIG A


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Racing returns to Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, December 26, with a field of seven sprinters assembled for the 51st running of the $65,000 Gravesend Handicap.

Pashito the Che puts a three-race winning streak on the line in the six-furlong Gravesend, which will be run as the third race on the nine-race card, as he looks to wrap up a highly successful year for Off The Hook Racing. The 3-year-old son of Flatter is 6-2-0 from eight starts since arriving at trainer Scott Lake’s barn in the spring after starting his career in Florida.





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Friday, December 11 2009


NYRA ANNOUNCES ANTI-SLAUGHTER POLICY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced an anti-slaughter policy that introduces harsh penalties to offending horsemen while encouraging them to support horse rescue and adoption initiatives.

The newly created policy is as follows:

Any owner or trainer stabled at a New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) track found to have directly or indirectly sold a horse for slaughter will have his or her stalls permanently revoked from all NYRA tracks. NYRA requires its horsemen to conduct due diligence on those buying horses and encourages them to support rescue and adoption efforts and to find humane ways of dealing with horses unable to continue racing.





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Wednesday, December 09 2009


RESEARCHER TO DEFEND QUEENS COUNTY TITLE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Saturday’s 104th running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Queens County Handicap features the return of last year’s winner, Researcher, who will attempt to defend his title in the 1 3/16th-mile race over Aqueduct’s inner track.

Both this year and last, Rutledge Farm’s Researcher followed the same path to the Queens County, running in the HBPA Governor’s Cup Handicap at Charles Town Races and Slots in October and the Mountaineer Mile at Mountaineer Park in November. In 2008, the gelded son of Two Smart won both races and though he finished second in the Mountaineer Mile last month, trainer Jeff Runco believes breaking from the outside post in the field of eight was a disadvantage.





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AQUEDUCT RACETRACK CANCELS LIVE RACING WEDNESDAY; OPEN FOR SIMULCASTING


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Due to inclement weather conditions and high wind, live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack has been cancelled for today, Wednesday, December 9. Aqueduct will however be open for Simulcast and Telephone wagering. Live racing is scheduled to resume tomorrow, Thursday, December 10.



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Monday, December 07 2009


OPUS A, IBBOYEE WIN THE HARD WAY IN JUVENILE STAKES


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The official distance for the 72nd running of the $71,800 East View was one mile and 70 yards, but Broadway Blue Stable’s Opus A ran much further than that en route to her first stakes score Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Equipped with blinkers for the first time, Opus A broke from post No. 10 and raced five wide nearly every step of the way.





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Sunday, December 06 2009


AWESOME ASHLEY PROVES IT IN GARLAND OF ROSES


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Awesome Ashley proved true to her name Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, rallying wide to get up in the final yards of the $70,500 Garland of Roses Handicap.

Unhurried early, she sat well behind pacesetter Hold That Prospect through opening fractions of 22.95 and 46.76. Launching her bid at the quarter pole, the 5-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song closed steadily to cross the wire a neck in front of Lady Alexander, with stablemate Distorted Passion a half-length behind in third.





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AQUEDUCT RACETRACK NOTES: Saturday, December 5, 2009


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Summer Bird, winner of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup, underwent successful surgery to repair a nondisplaced fracture of his left fore cannon bone and is expected to return to racing next year.

“As long as rehab goes smoothly, he should make a full recovery,” said trainer Tim Ice of Summer Bird, who was operated on Friday upon returning from Japan, where he suffered the injury while training for the Japan Cup Dirt. “There was no cartilage damage at all. They inserted one screw, and it went in with no problem and fit like a glove.”





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Friday, December 04 2009


PAIR OF STATE-BRED JUVENILE STAKES TOP SUNDAY CARD AT BIG A


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A pair of $65,000-added stakes for New York-bred juveniles highlight the Sunday card at Aqueduct Racetrack with the 31st running of the Damon Runyon for colts and the 72nd running of the East View for fillies both at one mile and 70 yards on the inner track.

The Damon Runyon, which will be run as the seventh of nine races, attracted a field of eight headlined by Anstu Stables’ multiple stakes winner Ibboyee. The Medallist colt suffered the first loss of his four-race career last out, finishing fourth over a sloppy track in the Sleepy Hollow on New York Showcase Day at Belmont Park, but prior to that had won back-to-back stakes at Finger Lakes for trainer Todd Pletcher.





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Thursday, December 03 2009


INNER TRACK SPECIALISTS RETURN IN GARLAND OF ROSES


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Saturday’s 16th running of the $65,000-added Garland of Roses Handicap has attracted a full field of nine fillies and mares to sprint six furlongs over Aqueduct’s inner track.

Heading the field are a pair of Todd Pletcher trainees, Alex Campbell Jr.’s Awesome Ashley and Gulf Coast Farms’ Distorted Passion, both of whom bring solid inner track records to the table.





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Sunday, November 29 2009


KODIAK KOWBOY CAPS CAREER WITH HILL ‘N’ DALE CIGAR MILE WIN


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Fox Hill Farm and Vinery Stables’ Kodiak Kowboy put an exclamation point on his stakes-studded career Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, rallying through the stretch to edge Bribon and Vineyard Haven in a rousing edition of the Grade 1, $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile.

The 4-year-old son of Posse, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, settled in fourth along the inside as Vineyard Haven, part of the favored entry with Pyro, dueled with Driven by Success through fractions of 23.69 and 46.80. With Bribon taking over midway through the stretch, Bridgmohan angled Kodiak Kowboy to the outside and he responded with a strong late kick to surge into the lead inside the sixteenth pole and win by three-quarters of a length.





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FLASHING WIRES GAZELLE FIELD; RETIREMENT PLANS ON HOLD


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Don’t schedule that retirement party just yet.

With a dominant wire-to-wire win in Saturday’s 114th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Gazelle at Aqueduct Racetrack, Godolphin Stable’s Flashing may have earned herself another year in training.





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BUDDY’S SAINT CONTINUES TO ADVANCE; TIZAHIT STEPS UP


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A pair of 2-year-olds advancing at the right time were on display at Aqueduct Racetrack Saturday afternoon, with Buddy’s Saint and Tizahit posting victories in the final graded stakes events for juveniles this year in New York.

In the 96th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Remsen, Kingfield Stables’ and Eli Lomita’s Buddy’s Saint continued to move forward off his impressive victory in the Grade 2 Nashua earlier this month, again opening up in the stretch to hit the wire 4¾ lengths in front.





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