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Thursday, February 12 2009


Aqueduct Live Racing Canceled Thursday 2.12.09


Because of extremely high winds projected to gust up to 60 mph, the New York Racing Association has decided to cancel its scheduled live race card at Aqueduct Racetrack on Thursday, February 12, 2009.

Aqueduct will be open for simulcasting on Thursday. There is no parking or admission charge, and gates open at 11:30 a.m.





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Sunday, February 08 2009


HAYNESFIELD ACES ANOTHER TEST UNDER RED-HOT DOMINGUEZ


By Francis LaBelle Jr.

Turtle Bird Stable’s Haynesfield continued on his steady course of improvement Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack as he overpowered five other three-year-olds en route to a 6 ¼-length victory in the 30th running of the $107,600 Whirlaway.

It was the fourth consecutive victory for the New York-bred Speightstown colt who will now likely run here in the Grade 3, $250,000 Gotham, also at a mile and a sixteenth on March 7.





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AQUEDUCT NOTES, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009


It’s an upcoming six days of live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack, which will be open Wednesday, February 11 through Monday, Presidents’ Day, February 16.

Next weekend’s stakes action begins on Saturday, February 14 with the 15th running of the $65,000-added Dearly Precious for three-year-old fillies at six furlongs. Edward P. Evans Dance Tale; Seidman Stable’s J.J. Cuvee and Zayat Stable’s Rightly So head a field that may also include Chattertown, Dream Play, Golden Artemis, Liza Too and Spina.





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Thursday, February 05 2009


$250,000 LATE PICK 4 DEBUTS AT BIG A NEXT SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14


The New York Racing Association today received approval from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to offer a guaranteed $250,000 late Pick 4 on Saturdays at Aqueduct Racetrack, beginning next Saturday, February 14, St. Valentine’s Day.

Although NYRA offers daily Pick 4s on races 2-5 and 6-9, the $250,000 guarantee applies only to the late Pick 4 on Saturdays.





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FOR HAYNESFIELD, WHIRLAWAY ANOTHER STEP TO HIGHER GROUND


Monday morning, shortly before “predicting” that winter will come to a quick end, Charles G. Hogg, Staten Island’s answer to the more famous Puxatawnie Phil and other prognasticating rodents, took a bite out of New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Already backed into his lair by the presence of the Groundhog Day crowd, Hogg was not about to be groped by the in-a-hurry mayor without making a statement.

Proof, once again, that impatience often leads to pain.





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Sunday, February 01 2009


CLEANER TRIP LEADS TO EASIER WIN FOR DISTORTED PASSION


By Francis LaBelle Jr.

After a hard-earned victory to end 2008, Gulf Coast Farm’s Distorted Passion had a much easier time Saturday afternoon to begin her 2009 campaign, biding her time off a solid pace and then simply running by the leaders for a 1½-length victory in the $70,460 Correction Stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs on Aqueduct’s fast inner track.

“The race played very much in my favor,” said jockey Rajiv Maragh, whose mount returned $6.40 to win. “The 2 (favored A Rose for You) went after the 4 (Coli Bear) and set things up the way I hoped. It was really simple – a small field, no trouble and an outside trip. And she responded when I asked.”





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Thursday, January 29 2009


SPA RESERVED SEAT LOTTERY APPLICATIONS DEADLINE NEARS


Reserved Seat Applications for the 2009 Saratoga Race Course meeting are now available. The 36-day 2009 Saratoga meeting will begin Wednesday, July 29 and end on Monday, September 7. There is no racing on Tuesdays at Saratoga.

All applications for 2009 Saratoga Reserved Seats must be postmarked by January 31, 2009 to be eligible for the lottery.





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Wednesday, January 28 2009


MARYLAND INVADERS LOOM LARGE IN CORRECTION


Saturday’s 69th running of the $65,000-added Correction Stakes will feature two horses that have managed to transfer their training form from the all-weather surface at Fair Hill, Md. to the dirt tracks of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with positive results.

For Jeff Singer’s A Rose for You, the Correction, a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares, will mark not only her seasonal debut but her first start on Aqueduct’s inner dirt track.





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BIG A CANCELLATION OF LIVE RACES, JAN. 28


The New York Racing Association cancelled its live racing card at Aqueduct Racetrack today, as an Eastward-moving winter storm enveloped the Metropolitan New York area.

Aqueduct will remain open for simulcasting, however. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and there is no charge for parking or admission.





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Sunday, January 25 2009


AQUEDUCT NOTES, Saturday, January 24, 2009


Local race fans are vying to be America’s next top horseplayer at the Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship (NHC) in at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas

The Tournament leader at the end of Day 1 was Thomas Mooney, a 55-year-old financial analyst from Lindenhurst, N.Y., who qualified through his second-place finish in the Aqueduct Fall Handicapping Challenge.





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TRUE QUALITY EARNS A TOUGH WIN IN PAUMONOK


The majority of the 3,529 fans at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday afternoon were fully aware that Paraneck Stable’s True Quality had plenty of speed and knew how it use it. That was why they made him their even-money favorite in the 101st running of the $69.330, six-furlong Paumonok Stakes for three-year-olds and up.

But in making his first start of 2009, the 4-year-old Elusive Quality colt also displayed plenty of toughness as he defeated Place Your Bet by three and three quarters of a length in 1:10.92 on the fast inner dirt track.





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Friday, January 23 2009


NYRA OUTPERFORMS THOROUGHBRED INDUSTRY IN 2008


While the nation’s Thoroughbred racing industry as a whole slumped last year because of the economic downturn, the New York Racing Association saw only modest business declines.

The all-sources handle on NYRA races from Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course went from $2,543,796,141 in 2007 to $2,489,276,587 last year, a 2.1 percent decline, while the daily average wagering on NYRA races from all sources fell 3.7 percent, from $10,382,841 to $9,997,095.





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