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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BIG A TO OFFER DUBAI WORLD CUP IN NAD AL SHEBA FINALE


Aqueduct Racetrack will offer simulcast wagering on Dubai World Cup Day, Saturday, March 28, from Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The schedule begins with the Godolphin Mile at 9:40 a.m.; followed by the UAE Derby (10:15 a.m.); Dubai Golden Shaheen (10:55 a.m.), Dubai Duty Free (11:55 a.m.) , Dubai Sheema Classic (12:40 p.m.) and the world’s richest race -- the 14th running of the Group 1, $6 million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline (1:30 p.m.).





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Wednesday, March 18 2009


AQUEDUCT NOTES; March 18, 2009


While Aqueduct Racetrack has been used by many up-and-coming jockeys to launch their careers, this spring, veteran Javier Castellano will be using the Big A to springboard his business in New York.

Castellano, who will ride Capt. Candy Man Can here on Saturday, April 4 in the Grade 3, $200,000 Bay Shore for three-year-olds at seven furlongs, will remain in New York through the rest of the spring, according to his agent, Mike Kelly.





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Sunday, March 15 2009


HEART ASHLEY MAKES A CHANGE AND WIRES CICADA


On paper, Zayat Stable’s Heart Ashley looked as though she would stalk the pace in Saturday’s 17th running of the Grade 3, $107,300 Cicada at Aqueduct Racetrack.

But when the gates opened, the Lion Heart filly got the jump on five other three-year-old fillies, including favored Dream Play. And that was ideal for her jockey, C.C. Lopez, who is known as an ideal fit for a speed horse.





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Friday, March 13 2009


AQUEDUCT NOTES, Friday, March 13, 2009


St. Patrick’s Day is Tuesday, March 17, but Aqueduct fans can get a jump on the festivities on Saturday, March 14 with the Big A’s Luck o’ the Irish buffet in the Equestris dining room.

Cost is $29.95 plus tax per person, and includes made-to-order omelets, bangers (sausages), Irish bacon, breakfast potatoes, bagels, beer braised corned beef and cabbage, parsley potatoes, vegetarian sheppard’s pie, herbed salmon, broccoli, Irish soda bread, sauteed strips of chicken breast, buttered noodles, salad bar and dessert table.





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Thursday, March 12 2009


CIANI OBIT


Father Francis Ciani, a Roman Catholic priest who was one of the biggest fans of New York racing, died at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland, N.Y. on March 7. He was 95.

A regular on the backstretch and on the front side at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga, “Father Quinella” was a beloved man who listed God, family and country as his priorities. Racing was a close fourth.





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AFTER SLOW START(S), ONE SMOKIN’ LADY HAS GOTTEN WISE


When it all settles down, there is only so much a trainer can do.

Eventually, the routine, the repetition and the lessons learned every day either sink in or they don’t.

For trainer Robert Reid Jr., CJZ Racing Stable’s One Smokin’ Lady was particularly frustrating because she got almost everything right.





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Saturday, March 07 2009


I WANT REVENGE COMES EAST TO DOMINATE GOTHAM


Judging from his 8 ½-length victory Saturday afternoon in Aqueduct Racetrack’s 57th running of the Grade 3, $250,000 Gotham Stakes for three-year-olds, I Want Revenge wants a whole lot more.

The California invader, making his first start on natural dirt after a 1-1-4 record from six starts on synthetic surfaces, stamped himself as a player to be reckoned with for New York’s last major Kentucky Derby prep, the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial for three-year-olds at nine furlongs on Saturday, April 4.





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AH DAY GETS A HEAD UP IN THE TOBOGGAN


Ah Day, making his second career start at Aqueduct, avenged his third-place finish in the 2007 Grade 1 Carter Handicap by rallying off a hot pace to defeat fellow Maryland invader Eternal Star by a head in Saturday’s 116th running of the Grade 3, $110,700 Toboggan Stakes at six furlongs on Aqueduct’ Racetrack’s fast inner dirt track.

“He ran awesome,” said Avon Thorpe, assistant to winning trainer King T. Leatherbury. “He’s been training good. He came back slowly and took his time. Then, he just did what he normally does – ran big.





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Friday, March 06 2009


LONGHOT GIVES JOCKEY HER FIRST CAREER WIN


Seeing that Wild Holly had lost her last three by a combined total of 54 ½ lengths and that her jockey was a winless 10-pound apprentice, bettors sent the 8-year-old mare off as a 64 to 1 longshot in today’s fifth race at Aqueduct Racetrack.

As the field approached the wire with the more logical horses tussling for the lead, Wild Holly launched a bid from way back and out in the middle of the track. She charged from sixth to first to win by three lengths, paying $131.00.





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NYRA NOW ON SIRIUS RADIO TO DEBUT SATURDAY, MARCH 7


NYRA Now, a half-hour Sirius Radio show dedicated exclusively to Thoroughbred racing at the New York Racing Association’s Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, will debut Saturday, March 7 from 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. Eastern.

Hosted by Dave Johnson and Bill Finley, NYRA Now will air on Sirius Channel 122 and XM Channel 143 and will be available to 20 million Sirius XM subscribers. It will offer handicapping, interviews with owners, trainers and jockeys and feature segments.





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Thursday, March 05 2009


AQUEDUCT NOTES; Thursday, March 5, 2009


Saturday afternoon, March 7, Aqueduct Racetrack will again be a horseplayer’s paradise. In addition to a live 10-race card that begins at 12:30 p.m., the Big A will remain open so fans can enjoy racing from Santa Anita Handicap Day from Santa Anita Park in California.

The action begins right here at Aqueduct with a card featuring the Grade 3, $250,000 Gotham Stakes for three-year-olds at a mile and sixteenth on the inner dirt track. The Gotham is an important race on the road to the May 2 Kentucky Derby and is the main local prep for the biggest race of the Aqueduct meet – the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial for three-year-olds at nine furlongs on Saturday, April 4.





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