Tuesday, January 20 2009


AT 6, GRAND CHAMPION MAKES SEASONAL BOW IN PAUMONOK


Grand Champion is the kind of horse a New York racing fan loves.

He runs hard always, loves Aqueduct’s winter track and has performed well enough to have a record of 6-1-6 from 16 career starts.

Saturday afternoon, he will launch his six-year-old season when he goes to post in the 101st running of the $65,000-added Paumonok for three-year-olds and up at six furlongs on the inner dirt track.





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Monday, January 19 2009


YET AGAIN AFFECTIONATELY CALLS INNER TRACK `HOME’


Seahorse Stable’s Yet Again had already developed a liking for Aqueduct’s inner dirt track prior to Sunday’s 34th running of the $67,420 Affectionately Stakes. But then she got a perfect set-up in a short field and was able to parlay that into a 2 ¾-length victory over Are We Dreamin in the mile and a sixteenth race for fillies and mares.

The scratch of Successful Sarah whittled the field down to five and made Spritely the overwhelming choice of the day’s 2,513 fans.





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Sunday, January 18 2009


EVENING ATTIRE PROVES PERFECT FIT FOR BARRIER REEF


By Francis LaBelle Jr.

The New York Racing Association’s decision to re-name the Aqueduct Handicap the Evening Attire Stakes after the gray hero who retired last year at the age of 10 proved to be the right one on Saturday afternoon.

Not only did another gray, Darley Stable’s favored Barrier Reef, come through as the winner in 90th renewal of this $69,095 mile and a sixteenth race, but he showed the same kind of toughness that made Evening Attire a fan favorite for years.





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Friday, January 16 2009


LEGACY OF JIMMY WINKFIELD LIVES ON AT AQUEDUCT


Thirty-five years after his death, the legacy of Jimmy Winkfield lives on at Aqueduct Racetrack, where for the fifth time on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 19) a stakes race will be run bearing the name of the great African-American Hall of Fame jockey.

Formerly the Best Turn, this year’s six-furlong stakes drew a field of seven, including a trio of three-year-olds from trainer Anthony Dutrow in Fellow Crasher, the high weight at 120 pounds, Z Day, and The Prince.





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‘ON THE RECORD’ BRINGS FANS CLOSER TO NYRA’S HISTORY MAKERS


The New York Racing Association launched a new series today on its YouTube Channel today called `On the Record,’ the purpose of which will be to bring fans even closer to the men and women that contribute to the most storied circuit in Thoroughbred racing.

The series will profile trainers that have made significant contributions to the sport at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. Initial interviews will feature:





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SUCCESSFUL SARAH HOPES FLORIDA FORM THRIVES IN NEW YORK


John and Tonja Terranova have figured it out -- as husband and wife, as parents to daughters Paulina, 7, and Giana, 3, and, to complete the trifecta, as horse trainers.

“We try,” Tonja said. “Hopefully, it’s working out.”

This weekend, there will be plenty of opportunity for the Terranovas to shine as they send out Successful Sarah in Sunday’s 34th running of the $65,000-added Affectionately for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth on Aqueduct’s inner dirt track. On Saturday, they will send out Broadway Producer in the Evening Attire Stakes.





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Thursday, January 15 2009


NO LIVE RACING AT BIG A ON FRIDAY


Because of an ominous forecast for bitter Arctic cold, compounded by strong winds, the New York Racing Association has decided to cancel its scheduled live race card at Aqueduct Racetrack on Friday, January 16.

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

Friday’s scheduled races will come back as extra races during the week.





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‘OLD MAN’ JUDITHS WILD RUSH DRAWS INSIDE FOR EVENING ATTIRE


He had retired once before, but this time, September 28, 2008, the retirement stuck.

At 10 years old, with just under $3 million in career earnings, a nagging suspensory injury, and the love and respect of racing fans, Evening Attire was sent to Akindale Farm to enjoy a life of leisure.

That he operated at such a high level for so long was appreciated by all, particularly The New York Racing Association, which chose to re-name the Aqueduct Handicap in his honor.





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Wednesday, January 14 2009


AQUEDUCT NOTES, Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Saturday afternoon will start three days of stakes action on Aqueduct’s inner dirt track.

The feature race on Saturday will be the 90th running of the Evening Attire for three-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth. Formerly the Aqueduct Handicap, the Evening Attire was renamed in honor of the popular New York-bred gelding who retired last September at the age of 10 because of a suspensory injury. Evening Attire started 69 times in his career, mainly at Aqueduct, and had a record of 15-16-9 with earnings of $2,977,130. His greatest victory came at Belmont Park, where he won the 2002 Jockey Club Gold Cup.





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Monday, January 12 2009


MEDIA ADVISORY; AQUEDUCT RACE SKED JAN. 14-19, 2009


Live racing at Aqueduct will be conducted Wednesday, January 14, through Monday, January 19, with the three-day holiday weekend featuring a trio of stakes races beginning with Saturday’s $65,000 Evening Attire for three-year-olds and up.

Formerly the Aqueduct Handicap, the race was renamed in honor of the recently retired New York-bred gelding who won the mile and a sixteenth race in 2002 at age four.





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Sunday, January 11 2009


PUMPKIN SHELL TURNS CINDERELLA IN BUSANDA


By Francis LaBelle Jr.

December Hill Farm’s Pumpkin Shell didn’t seem to be in much of a hurry on Saturday afternoon, having spent the majority of her time in the featured 36th running of the $72,020 Busanda at the back of the field.

But when the time came for her to act, the Lion Heart filly took jockey C.C. Lopez through a hole in the middle of the lane and went on to a hand-ridden one-length victory Saturday afternoon in the featured race for three-year-old fillies.





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Friday, January 09 2009


AQUEDUCT RACETRACK NOTES--Friday, January 9, 2009


Jockey John Velazquez will be featured as celebrity guest presenter on a new television reality series, “The Real Winning Edge,” in syndication nationwide. Velazquez will appear in an episode airing in New York on WNYW- FOX 5 TV this Saturday, January 10, at 9 a.m.

The series features high school and college students who overcome challenges, such as illness or poverty, to excel in sports and the performing arts. Other athletes serving as guest presenters on the series include David Tyree of the New York Giants, Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, Olympic Gold medal short-track speed skater Apolo Ohno and other notables from NASCAR, the NBA, professional golf and other sports.





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