Thursday, January 24 2013


LIVE RACING AT AQUEDUCT CANCELED THURSDAY, SIMULCASTING AVAILABLE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has canceled live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack on Thursday, January 24, due to extreme cold.

Aqueduct and the Belmont Café will remain open for simulcasting, and Telebet and Internet wagering will be available through NYRA Rewards.

Live racing at Aqueduct is scheduled to resume Friday, January 25.




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Tuesday, January 22 2013


CLAWBACK DIGS DOWN TO TAKE JIMMY WINKFIELD


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Five weeks after breaking his maiden, Clawback opened his 3-year-old campaign with a stakes victory, coming from just off the pace and going to a five-length score in the $75,000 Jimmy Winkfield on Monday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.





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JIMMY WINKFIELD QUOTES


Rusty Myers, assistant to winning trainer Rick Violette, of Clawback (No. 3): “That went super today. I was a little nervous coming out of the gate – they all came together at one point –but he came out of there in good shape, sat second, and pulled the trigger when Irad asked him. The [1:09.75] was quick today. He did everything right. I think we’re going to stay with the one turn for a while, but that’s up to Rick and the owners. He’s running great sprinting.”


Irad Ortiz, Jr., winning jockey aboard Clawback (No. 3): “The trip today was perfect. He had a good post, he broke good, and I got a little pressure early on the outside. I asked him a little bit, and he picked it up pretty quick. I went a little fast, but in the end I still had a lot of horse.”





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Monday, January 21 2013


MANY ECLIPSE WINNERS TOOK ROAD THROUGH NEW YORK


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Wise Dan, Shanghai Bobby, Questing, Ramon Dominguez and Dale Romans were just some of the human and equine stars whose achievements on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit in 2012 led to their Eclipse Awards Saturday night.





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Saturday, January 19 2013


EVENING ATTIRE QUOTES


Cherie DeVaux, assistant to Chad Brown, winning trainer of Last Gunfighter (No. 5): “He was waiting for the other horses a little bit coming down the stretch, but he kicked it in. It wasn’t as easy as last time, that’s for sure, but there were some decent horses in there and they hung in there. We’re proud of him.”





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DOMINGUEZ REMAINS HOSPITALIZED WITH SKULL FRACTURE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Jockey Ramon Dominguez was diagnosed with a slightly displaced skull fracture as a result of a spill on Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack, his agent, Steve Rushing, confirmed Saturday morning. Rushing said the 36-year-old rider was to undergo further tests today at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.





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Friday, January 18 2013


DOMINGUEZ STABLE AFTER FRIDAY SPILL; HOSPITALIZED FOR OBSERVATION


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Jockey Ramon Dominguez will spend the night under observation at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center after sustaining a bruised right eye in a Friday spill at Aqueduct Racetrack.

“He has a bruised eye, and they are going to observe him overnight,” said Sharon Dominguez, wife of the two-time Eclipse-winning jockey. “He’s stable and resting.”





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NYRA ESTABLISHES NEW EQUINE VETERINARY MEDICAL DIRECTOR POSITION


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) Chair David Skorton and Anthony Bonomo, Chair of NYRA’s Equine Health and Safety Committee, announced today the immediate establishment of the position of Equine Veterinary Medical Director. The new director will establish the Mortality Review Board, as recommended in the New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety report issued September 28, 2012, as well as make ongoing assessments to improve the health and safety of horses competing at NYRA racetracks.





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Monday, December 31 2012


NICOLE H AIMS FOR INTERBOROUGH THREEPEAT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – At the age of 6, Nicole H will try to become the first mare to post three consecutive victories in the $75,000 Interborough Handicap when she faces seven other fillies and mares in the six-furlong race on New Year’s Day at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The 92nd running of the Interborough is one of two stakes on Tuesday’s holiday card along with the 141st running of the $75,000 Ladies Handicap. Also on New Year’s Day, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will hold its annual calendar promotion, in which racing fans can purchase and redeem $2 coupons for the calendar, which features photos of many of the best horses who competed at NYRA’s tracks in 2012.





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Sunday, December 16 2012


GRAVESEND QUOTES


David Jacobson, winning trainer and co-owner of Saginaw (No. 4): “That was a legitimate horse he beat [Royal Currier]; Linda [Rice] always does a great job. They ran really fast. I’m happy to see he can compete in open company now. The only other time he did was in May [sixth in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap]. We’ll definitely be back for the Alex M. Robb [on December 26], provided he comes back OK. He’ll let us know.”

Junior Alvarado, winning jockey aboard Saginaw (No. 4): “David pretty much left it up to me. I tried to play the break and have a good break. He broke well. I had the best horse in the race, so I put him right there. He’s a class horse, and when I asked him he gave it all to me. It was pretty much easy at the end. When we turned for home, I knew how much horse I had. [Royal Currier] was still trying, but I had plenty of horse left.”




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Thursday, December 13 2012


SIX SPRINTERS SQUARE OFF IN GRAVESEND


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Headed by New York-bred stalwart Saginaw, a field of six seasoned sprinters will go postward Saturday in the 54th running of the Gravesend Handicap, the final stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack prior to the annual holiday break.





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Monday, December 10 2012


DAMON RUNYON (NYB) QUOTES


Leah Gyarmati, winning trainer of Smooth Bert (No. 9): “I knew he could handle [an off track]. The first time at Saratoga at five furlongs was way too short, but he still handled the slop and came running and finished third. He’s a neat horse. He can probably do anything once he figures it all out. The longer, the better, and he has some speed if you want him to use it. He’s very athletic. He looks like a 5-year-old, but he’s not clumsy. He’s not one of those big horses where it takes a lot for him to get into himself. Right from the beginning, he’s been athletic.”





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