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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GOTHAM OFFERS HAYNESFIELD TEST HE’S BEEN AWAITING


Even as Turtle Bird Stable’s Haynesfield was racking up three consecutive stakes victories at Aqueduct Racetrack, the statement from his connections remained consistent: one race at a time.

So far, the formula has been a winning one, and Haynesfield will try to make it four straight stakes wins in Saturday’s 57th running of the Grade 3, $250,000 Gotham for three-year-olds at a mile and a sixteenth over the inner track.





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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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