Friday, January 16 2009


‘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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Thursday, January 08 2009


AFTER TRAGEDY, OUR KHRYSTY KEEPS SPIRIT ALIVE


At just under five feet tall and weighing about 110 pounds, Khrystina Bixa was small. She was also tough, and determined to make life better for herself and her two young children

Long hours of rubbing horses had given Khrystina a chance to think about the direction in which she was heading and she decided she would make things right. She even talked of buying a house.





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Wednesday, January 07 2009


AQUEDUCT NOTES, Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Aqueduct Racetrack will be open for live racing six days next week, Wednesday, January 14, through Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 19.

There will be no live racing on Tuesday, January 20 and Wednesday, January 21, but the Big A will be open for simulcasting on those days.

Tuesday night marked the third straight year that a New York jockey has joined New York Jets, Giants, Islanders, Red Bulls and other top athletes at the annual “MDA Muscle Team,” a gala event at New York’s Chelsea Piers that raised nearly $1 million in support of the work of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.





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Monday, January 05 2009


JUSTWHISTLEDIXIE WHISTLES IN RUTHLESS


By Francis LaBelle Jr.

Justwhistledixie, the most accomplished of the field Sunday, proved to be a deserving favorite as she scored a 3 ½-length victory over Gnome’s Delight in the 32nd running of the $70,795 Ruthless Stakes for three-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and Lakland Farm, the Dixie Union filly overtook longshot Indian Rush, who had gone the first quarter in 22.41 and the half in 46.05 on Aqueduct’s fast inner dirt track. With jockey Rajiv Maragh in the irons, Justwhistledixie ran by her target and was never seriously challenged, as she completed the sprint in 1:10.81 for her third straight victory after two losses.





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Thursday, January 01 2009


INDIAN RUSH SEEKS WIN BEFORE STARTING VACATION


For the past four winters, trainer Karl Grusmark has been making his mark at Laurel Race Course in Maryland. But for 2009, the 65-year-old New Englander will be calling New York his home, aiming his 15-horse stable at Aqueduct’s inner track meet.

He will be firing one shot in Sunday’s 32nd running of the $65,000-added Ruthless Stakes for three-year-old fillies when he saddles Robyn Kalaidjiam’s Indian Rush in the six-furlong sprint.





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