Thursday, November 05 2009


NASHUA, TEMPTED SHOWCASE TOP JUVENILES


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – With Klaravich Stables’ 2-year-old duo of Systemic Risk and Worstcasescenario, trainer Rick Violette, Jr. will be well represented in both Saturday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Nashua and Grade 3, $100,000 Tempted at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Both will be contested at a mile on Aqueduct’s main track, but Violette’s entrants couldn’t be more different.





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FRESH FACES JOIN BIG A JOCKEY COLONY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – With a week in the books at Aqueduct Racetrack’s 39-day Fall Meet, one new face in the jockey colony has already begun to make an impact, while more are on the way.

With five racing days completed, 25-year old David Cohen, the leading rider at the recently concluded Delaware Park meet, is fifth in the jockey standings at the Big A with four wins.





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Monday, November 02 2009


WINNING FINALE FOR CRITICISM IN LONG ISLAND


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – On November 1, 2008, making just her second start in the United States, Darley Stable’s Criticism (GB) won the Grade 3, $150,000 Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, the first of five graded stakes she would go on to win in this country. Exactly one year later, it was déjà vu at Aqueduct Racetrack Sunday afternoon as the 5-year-old Machiavellian mare won the 53rd running of the Long Island in the final start of her accomplished career.

After following early pacesetter Queen of Hearts through a quarter mile in 25.88, jockey Javier Castellano allowed Criticism to take over the lead at the half mile marker and the mare maintained a comfortable lead for the remainder of the race to cross the wire 2¼ lengths in front of runner-up Lemonette.





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Saturday, October 31 2009


UNBRIDLED BELLE GOES OUT A WINNER IN NEW YORK FINALE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Team Valor International’s Unbridled Belle made her Empire State finale a winning one Saturday by taking the 15th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Turnback the Alarm at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The 6-year-old daughter of Broken Vow, who has now earned $1.88 million in her 24-race career, has maintained her form very well since her victory in the Grade 1 Beldame at Belmont Park in 2006.





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LE GRAND CRU SURPRISES (SORT OF) IN BOLD RULER


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – When Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens glanced at the tote board at Aqueduct Racetrack prior to Saturday’s 34th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Bold Ruler, he was somewhat perplexed that his Kelso winner, Le Grand Cru, was being sent off as the longest shot in the five-horse field.

“I thought he was a shorter price than he was on the board,” said Jerkens, who trains Le Grand Cru for Judson Streicher.





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Friday, October 30 2009


LONG ISLAND FINAL START FOR CRITICISM


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – In the final start of her career in Sunday’s 53rd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Long Island Handicap, Darley Stable’s Criticism (GB) will return, in a sense, to the beginning.

In 2008, the daughter of Machiavellian scored her first U.S. victory in the 1½-mile turf contest and, with the exception of a ninth-place finish in the Grade 1 Diana at Saratoga this summer, she has finished no worse than third in nine starts in this country.





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AQUEDUCT NOTES: Friday, October 30, 2009


OZONE PARK, N.Y. -- Jet Set Racing Stables’ Tomcito, a dual Group 1 winner in Peru who finished third to Big Brown in the 2008 Florida Derby, will make his return to the races at Aqueduct on Saturday, November 14, in the Grade 3, $100,000 Stuyvesant.

The Kentucky-bred son of Street Cry, who was sixth in the Lexington at Keeneland and seventh in the Grade 2 Peter Pan at Belmont before disappearing from the 2008 Triple Crown trail, was transferred to trainer Tom Albertrani last winter. He made one start, finishing seventh in the Grade 3 Skip Away at Gulfstream Park this past April, before undergoing throat surgery.





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NYRA TO LIVE STREAM “TALKING HORSES” YEAR ROUND ON NYRA.COM


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The popular daily handicapping show “Talking Horses” will be available for live viewing online at http://www.nyra.com beginning on Wednesday, November 4.

Fans who are not on-track will be able to watch and listen to the show live online and get all the day’s handicapping selections from the program’s prognosticators. “Talking Horses” runs from approximately 11:35 – noon on live racing days, always starting approximately an hour before first post, and is hosted by NYRA TV Analysts Jason Blewitt, Eric Donovan, and Andy Serling.





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NYRA PENALIZES MULLINS


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today that it imposed a six month penalty on trainer Jeffrey Mullins for violating NYRA’s monitoring barn rules and regulations. For the term of this penalty Mullins will be denied entry in NYRA races and will be denied access to NYRA grounds.

Mullins was charged with violating Aqueduct Race Day Security Barn Rules and Regulations as posted in the Aqueduct Winter/Spring 2009 Condition Book 4. Those charges were:





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Thursday, October 29 2009


UNBRIDLED BELLE SAYS GOODBYE TO BIG APPLE IN TURNBACK THE ALARM


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – In each of the past four years, Team Valor International’s millionaire mare Unbridled Belle has competed in some of New York’s premier stakes races.

In 2006, as a 3-year-old, the daughter of Broken Vow was fourth in the Grade 1 Alabama and the Grade 1 Gazelle and in 2007, after finishing second in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga, the Todd Pletcher trainee was back for another try at a Grade 1 in the Beldame during Belmont Park’s Fall Championship Meet.





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HARTY ROOTING FOR THE HOME TEAM IN BOLD RULER


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Trainer Eoin Harty, born in Ireland and based in southern California, is rarely seen without his New York Yankees baseball cap. But the fact that Saturday night is Game 3 of the World Series between the Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies is not the real reason he has shipped Past the Point to Aqueduct Racetrack for the 34th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Bold Ruler.

“It’s the only reason,” dead-panned Harty, who developed his rooting interest in the Yankees through his grandmother, who was a big fan of Joe DiMaggio.





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Friday, October 23 2009


NEW YORK RACING CONTINUES AT AQUEDUCT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Aqueduct Racetrack, the only racetrack in New York City, opens for the 39-day Fall Meet on Wednesday, October 28. First race post is 12:30 p.m. and gates open at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise indicated. Aqueduct boasts free admission and free general parking seven days a week. There’s plenty of tremendous graded racing during the meet, with 12 graded stakes on the main dirt track, two on the turf, and one on the inner dirt track.

The highlight of the meet is Saturday, November 28, featuring the Grade 1, $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile, one of the most prestigious mile races in the world. In addition, the day features the Grade 1 Gazelle for 3-year-old fillies and two great juvenile races in the Grade 2 Remsen and Demoiselle.





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