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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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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