Monday, March 02 2009


LIGHTS OFF ANNIE LIGHTS UP BROADWAY


Repole Stable’s Light Off Annie, the least experienced of the group, broke from post 2 running Sunday afternoon and lead all the way to win the 30th running of the $69,680 Broadway for New York-bred fillies and mares at six furlongs.

“As long as she broke well, my intention was to try and make the lead,” said jockey Rajiv Maragh, whose winning time was 1:10.83 for the five-length victory on Aqueduct’s fast inner track, after uncontested fractions of 23.64, 46.72 and 58.41. “She broke sharp, got up and got comfortable on the rail. It’s not like there were horses breathing down my neck and she got happy on the lead. I knew I was going to have a lot of horse left and she just sprinted away when I asked her.”





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AQUEDUCT NOTES, MARCH 1, 2009


Because of a severe winter storm expected in the New York area for Sunday night into Monday morning, Aqueduct Racetrack will closed for simulcasting on Monday, March 2.

Telebet and internet wagering will be available for the simulcast menu which includes Philadelphia Park, Beulah Park, Turf Paradise and Portland Meadows. Full dark day simulcast operations will resume on Tuesday, March 3. There is no charge for parking or admission and gates open at 11:30 a.m.





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Saturday, February 28 2009


FOUR MORE WINS FOR `HOMEY’ DOMINGUEZ AT BIG A


Earlier this year, jockey Ramon Dominguez announced that, after 11 years and five riding titles at Delaware Park, he was moving to New York where he had improved his business after commuting for two years.

Saturday afternoon, he showed that business is booming.





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Friday, February 27 2009


MID-ATLANTIC INVADERS TARGET BROADWAY


Trainer Steve Klesaris has always done things his own way, and these days, he has the great satisfaction of seeing that his way has proven to be the way to success.

The 49-year-old Boston native followed his father, Peter, and older brother, Bob, into the racing game. He saddled his first winner when he was 18, worked as a jockey agent in the early to mid 1990s and returned to training to win stakes races with horses like Yourmissinthepoint, Ave’s Flag, Mani Bhavan, Miraculous Miss, Master of Disaster and Roman Emperor





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MANTECA, ON A ROLL, ROLLS INTO STYMIE


Trainer Charlton Baker knew from the start that Anstu Stable’s Manteca was a serious racehorse.

“The way he trained, the way he carried himself, I thought he could be a special horse,” Baker said. “He ran second in his first race, but he has done everything right since then, so he’s doing what I thought he could do.”

Since that first lost last April, Manteca has won four consecutive races and his smallest margin of victory came in his last start, when he defeated the dangerous Giant Moon by two and a half lengths.





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Sunday, February 22 2009


WHAT A PEAR DOMINATES IN BUSHER


Tri-Bone Stable’s What a Pear remained undefeated Sunday afternoon, unleashing the most dominant performance of her young career to win the 30th running of the $70.330 Busher for three-year-old fillies at a mile and a sixteenth. Her 10 ¼-length victory came in 1:45.17.

In returning a generous $6.80 to win – the crowd of 3,203 made Pumpkin Shell the post-time favorite – What a Pear was never in a bad position. Jockey Channing Hill opted to place her on the rail and off the pace behind front-running My Anguilla, who showed the way around the clubhouse turn as Kiss and Fly Pressed the first quarter of a mile in 23.84 on Aqueduct’s fast inner dirt track.





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Saturday, February 21 2009


WORTH WAITING FOR, WEATHERED SHINES IN RARE TREAT


Saturday afternoon, there was more excitement before Aqueduct’s 37th running of the $70,695 Rare Treat than during the actual running of the nine-furlong inner track event.

A loose shoe forced Rap Tale back to the saddling area. Once that problem was corrected, the race was delayed even longer when the bridle came off of longshot Vladimira.





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GUARANTEED $250,000 LATE PICK 4 A HIT IN SECOND WEEK


Saturday afternoon, in the second week of its existence, the New York Racing Association’s guaranteed $250,000 late Pick 4 proved a big hit with Aqueduct Racetrack’s customers.

Total handle on the pool was $376,790, up from the $339,363 that was put in when the pool debuted on February 14.





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Friday, February 20 2009


DISTANCE MAY BE MISSING FROM BOURBON MAID’S SUCCESS FORMULA


In 10 career starts, Sagamore Farm’s Bourbon Maid has tried seven jockeys, six racetracks, five different surfaces (fast, muddy, sloppy, good and even turf) and four distances.

And it still hasn’t added up to a formula for success.

Sunday afternoon, in the 37th renewal of the $65,000-added Rare Treat, the 4-year-old daughter of Menifee will make her first start at nine furlongs on Aqueduct’s inner dirt track, and that could well be the change that turns the trick.





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IT’S APPLES AND ORANGES AS `PUMPKIN’ MEETS ‘PEAR’ IN BUSHER


Tri-Bone Stable’s What a Pear is unbeaten in three career starts. Pumpkin Shell, after four failed attempts to win a race, broke her maiden on December 4, then came back on January 10 to win Aqueduct Racetrack’s Busanda.

Come Sunday, one or maybe even both could see a sudden end to recent good fortune when they face five others in the 30th running of the $65,000-added Busher for three-year-old fillies at a mile and a sixteenth.





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Thursday, February 19 2009


MOR CHANCES RUNS AWAY WITH HOLLIE HUGHES


The toughest part of handicapping Thursday’s 31st running of the $70,200 Hollie Hughes for New York-breds at six furlongs was figuring out who would take the lead.

The answer wasn’t much clearer when the gates opened, as Mor Chance, Good Card, Citifest and Gold and Roses all broke fast and clean.

But within a few strides, favored Mor Chance separated himself from the field and finally carried jockey Richard Migliore to a 2 ½-length victory in 1:09.72 on the fast inner dirt track.





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Monday, February 16 2009


GOLD AND ROSES SEEKS REPEAT IN HOLLIE HUGHES TO END SKID


Since winning the Hollie Hughes here last year, Harry C. Gregory’s Gold and Roses has lost nine straight races. He has even had a new trainer since that last victory, but the results have been the same.

Still, trainer Richard Schosberg remains optimistic that the 7-year-old Gold Token gelding will put in a credible effort Thursday in the 31st running of the $65,000-added Hollie Hughes at Aqueduct Racetrack.





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