Friday, November 20 2015

Artie Schiller; Notebook on Saturday at Aqueduct

Lubash leads Artie Schiller; Pletcher pair top Notebook on Saturday at Aqueduct

- A pair of stakes races highlight a nine-race Saturday card at Aqueduct Racetrack, featuring the $100,000 Artie Schiller for 3-year-olds and up at a mile on turf, along with the $100,000 Notebook for New York-bred 2-year-olds at six furlongs on the main track.

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Sunday, November 15 2015

NYRA announces 2016 Aqueduct winter/spring stakes schedule

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association announced the stakes schedule for the 2016 winter and spring meets at Aqueduct Racetrack, featuring 49 stakes worth nearly $7.5 million, anchored by the 92nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial on April 9.

The winter meet features five graded stakes, including a trio of important events around two turns for newly minted 3-year-olds: the Grade 3, $200,000 Jerome at one mile and 70 yards on January 2, the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers at 1 1/16 miles on January 30, and the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham, also at 1 1/16 miles, on March 5.

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Red Smith (G3) Quotes

Chad Brown, winning trainer of Mr Maybe (No. 9): "We knew he was sitting on a really good race but how easily he won surprised me. He's a horse that has a lot of talent. We thought there was some room for improvement and he's taken to our program nicely. My staff has really enjoyed working with this horse - he's a big teddy bear - and he's only getting better."

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Thursday, November 12 2015

Mr Speaker heads G3 Red Smith

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - A competitive field of turf marathoners lined up for the Grade 3, $250,000 Red Smith Handicap at 1 3/8 miles on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack, led by last year's Belmont Derby winner Mr Speaker.

Trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey for Phipps Stable, Mr Speaker has had ups and downs since taking the inaugural Grade 1 Belmont Derby over European invader Adelaide. The 4-year-old son of Pulpit had not won a race since his breakthrough victory until July 15 at Belmont Park, when he prevailed by 2 ½ lengths in an optional claimer.

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Wednesday, November 11 2015

Discovery (G3) Quotes

Todd Pletcher, trainer of winner Tommy Macho (No. 6), runner-up Madefromlucky (No. 1), and fifth-place finisher First Spark (No. 5): "[Tommy Macho] ran a sneaky good race in the West Virginia Derby. The inside was very dead that day and he got stuck on the rail the whole way. Then I thought he ran an incredible third in the Pennsylvania Derby. He tends to run well fresh and I don't think he minded the off track.

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Monday, November 09 2015

Ocean Knight takes on six rivals in G3 Discovery

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Stonestreet Stable's Ocean Knight will face graded stakes company for the first time since this spring, taking on six rivals in the Grade 3, $150,000 Discovery Handicap for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on Wednesday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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Saturday, November 07 2015

Long Island (G3) Quotes

Chad Brown, winning trainer of Goldy Espony (No. 1): "She had some foot issues we were dealing with and thankfully we got them all fixed up and behind her and Amy Kinley worked on her feed for us and did a great job. Kendrick gets along really well with this filly. He's able to set a slow pace and wire them again. I'll speak to Peter Bradley who heads the ownership group and figure out what we're going to do with her. She's had a great season.

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Thursday, November 05 2015

Brown enters formidable trio for G3 Long Island

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Coming off a successful Breeders' Cup with wins in the Filly & Mare Turf and Filly & Mare Sprint, New York-based trainer Chad Brown will enter a trio of formidable contenders in Saturday's Grade 3 $200,000 Long Island Handicap at 1 ½ miles for fillies & mares 3-years-old and up at Aqueduct Racetrack, the first turf stakes of the Big A's 2015 fall meet.

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Wednesday, November 04 2015

Nashua (G2) Quotes

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Mohaymen (No. 7): "We were a little worried about the kickback, how he would break, and the others that have had more racing experience than him. But he's a very talented horse and I'm glad he lived up to the betting public's odds. He's got a great pedigree. It's just great to win for Shadwell Stable, Rick Nichols [General Manager of Shadwell Farm] and everybody in Lexington. I've been with them for 22 years, so it's a special win. We definitely have Derby fever. [His next race] would be the [Grade 2] Remsen [at Aqueduct] or the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs on the same day [Saturday, November 28]."

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Tempted (G3) Quotes

Tony Dutrow, winning trainer of Big World (No. 4): "I didn't give [Jose Ortiz] any instructions at all. I told him she's an easy ride and he would know what to do when the gates opened. I noticed the speed was looking at her and they were going soft, so he took advantage of it."

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Tuesday, November 03 2015

Graded stakes for juveniles highlight opening day card at Aqueduct

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - A pair of 2-year-old graded stakes races will take center stage when live racing returns to Aqueduct Racetrack on Wednesday, the Grade 2, $200,000 Nashua and its filly counterpart the Grade 3, $200,000 Tempted, both run at a mile on the main track.

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Friday, April 24 2015

Paulassilverlining headlines trio of stakes on Closing Day at the Big A

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Graded stakes winner Paulassilverlining headlines the final open company stakes race of Aqueduct Racetrack's Spring meet, Sunday's $100,000 Belle Harbor for 3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs.

Closing Day at Aqueduct will also include two New York Stallion Series races, the Park Avenue for fillies and the Times Square, both worth $100,000 at 6 ½ furlongs. Racing will resume on Wednesday at Belmont Park, with the $100,000 Elusive Quality for older turf runners leading a plethora of stakes races scheduled for opening week.

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