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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Thursday, March 26 2009


FIELDS TAKING SHAPE FOR GRADE 1 WOOD MEMORIAL, CARTER


The top three finishers from the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes, headed by runaway winner I Want Revenge, are among the probable starters for the 85th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial for three-year-olds going 1 1/8th miles at Aqueduct Racetrack on April 4.

Owned by David Lanzman, I Want Revenge took his place among the top contenders for the Kentucky Derby by virtue of his 8½-length win in the 1 1/16th-mile Gotham on March 7. Sequoia Racing’s Imperial Council, who was second in the Gotham, and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Mr. Fantasy, third, are also likely for the final major New York prep for the May 2 Derby, according to New York Racing Association stakes coordinator Andrew M. Byrnes.





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SELECT FIELD FOR FRIDAY’S MISSY’S MIRAGE STAKES


SELECT FIELD FOR FRIDAY’S MISSY’S MIRAGE STAKES

When last seen on Aqueduct’s inner track, Repole Stable’s Lights Off Annie was on her way to her first stakes win, a five-length score over Let’s Fly Away in the Broadway Handicap on March 1. It was the four-year-old daughter of Freud’s fourth victory in five starts since finishing seventh in her debut, her only loss during that period coming when stretched out to a mile on Feb. 11.

Friday afternoon, Lights Off Annie tries to make it two straight for trainer Bruce Levine when she takes on four other fillies and mares going six furlongs in the $65,000 Missy’s Mirage, an overnight stakes to be run as the eighth race. And while her four victories have come with a combined winning margin of nearly 25 lengths, Friday afternoon’s feature appears a much tougher spot even with the services of Rajiv Maragh, the second-leading rider at the Big A.





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Wednesday, March 25 2009


NEXT MOVE FOR SUCCESSFUL SARAH? NEXT MOVE


Ever since she was claimed last autumn, Successful Sarah has made steady improvement. Except for one troubled trip, the 4-year-old Successful Appeal filly has perked up to win three of her last four starts.

While she had been a resident of Southern Florida, she has raced here at Aqueduct since January. And, with a head victory in her last start, she earned a spot in Saturday’s 35th running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Next Move for fillies and mares at nine furlongs (ninth race, 4:50 p.m.). It is the last graded stakes on Aqueduct’s inner dirt track this season, and will be the third leg of a guaranteed $250,000 late Pick 4.





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AQUEDUCT NOTES, Wednesday, March 25, 2008


The New York Racing Association will offer a live 11-race card on Wood Memorial Day, Saturday, April 4. Four graded stakes, headed by the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial for three-year-olds at nine furlongs, will make a up a guaranteed $400,000 Pick 4.

NYRA will also increase purses for each non-graded stakes race that day by $10,000.

“We have always felt that better purses attract top horses,” said NYRA Vice President and Director of Racing Paul “PJ” Campo. “We have raised purses on big days before – most recently on Gotham Stakes Day (March 7) – and we felt it helped us to present our fans with a quality race card.”





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Sunday, March 22 2009


AQUEDUCT NOTES, Sunday, March 22, 2009


I Want Revenge, a leading Kentucky Derby candidate by virtue of his 8 ½-length victory in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes here on March 7, worked a bullet five furlongs Sunday morning on the fast all-weather track at Hollywood Park in 58.20, handily.

Trainer Jeff Mullins originally planned to keep I Want Revenge in New York with trainer Anthony Dutrow, but the plan was changed to head back to California and prepare for the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial for three-year-olds at nine furlongs here on Saturday, April 4.





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SECRET GYPSY A SECRET NO MORE WITH DISTAFF TRIUMPH


Secret Gypsy made the long trip up from the Fair Grounds in Louisiana to Aqueduct Racetrack last week get some black type and New York recognition.

Saturday afternoon, she attained both goals as she easily defeated four rivals to win the 55th running of the Grade 2, $157,300 Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

Although the margin of victory was a length and a quarter, Secret Gypsy was in hand for jockey Robby Albarado, who never turned his stick.





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Friday, March 20 2009


VIC GILARDI OBIT


Vic Gilardi, one of the more successful jockey agents in history, died Thursday afternoon, March 19, at Long Island Jewish Hospital after a one-month stay. He was 78.

A native of Staten Island, N.Y. and a United States Marine Corps veteran who served during the Korean conflict, Gilardi sold insurance before starting out as an agent for his brother-in-law, jockey Tony Russo.





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Thursday, March 19 2009


SECRET GYPSY TRIES AQUEDUCT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DISTAFF


She loves Saratoga.

She’s not crazy about Belmont Park.

And Saturday afternoon, Secret Gypsy will reveal her feelings about Aqueduct Racetrack when she makes her Big A debut in the 55th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs on the inner dirt track.





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