Friday, November 14 2008


ONCE UNLUCKLY STUD MUFFIN GOES OUT INTO THE OPEN


Trainer David Duggan had always believed that Stud Muffin would deliver as a racehorse. He felt that way when he claimed him for $35,000 back in March and he felt that way even after the 4-year-old Raffie’s Majesty colt won two of his next six starts.

But it was the seventh start, the Empire Classic on Belmont Park’s New York Showcase Day, where Stud Muffin came through for his boss. His 1 ½-length victory was all Duggan needed to be convinced that Stud Muffin had finally arrived.





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Monday, November 10 2008


FAMILIAR FACES SHINE IN NEW YORK STALLION SERIES


It was nearly three decades ago, in 1979, that Ramon “Mike” Hernandez was named the top trainer of New York-breds by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders. Sunday afternoon, the 85-year-old Hernandez, the oldest active trainer on the New York Racing Association circuit, showed he has not lost his touch, saddling veteran Classic Pack and juvenile Lookin At Her to win two of the six New York Stallion Series stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.

John T. Becker’s Classic Pack, a five-year-old son of Regal Classic, rallied from fifth with a three-wide move on the turn to take the $75,000 Cormorant Division, while Lookin At Her, a two-year-old son of Hook and Ladder, won the $100,000 Great White Way Division in front-running fashion.





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Saturday, November 08 2008


SIX NEW YORK STALLION SERIES RACES SUNDAY AT BIG A


Three weeks ago, Belmont Park was the site of New York Showcase Day, with seven stakes races worth $1 million for state-bred horses. This Sunday will be a special day at Aqueduct Racetrack, a mini-showcase day featuring a half-dozen stakes races worth $500,000 restricted to horses sired by New York stallions.

There are many familiar names among the 51 horses entered in the six New York Stallion Series events, including the Richard Dutrow-trained Logic Way, a neck winner over Get Serious in the Mohawk Handicap on Showcase Day. With four victories and one second in six starts this year, Logic Way is one of 10 entered in the $75,000 Cormorant Division at 1 1/16th miles on the turf, which will be run as the seventh race on the day’s nine-race card. Also returning from the Mohawk are Get Serious and Classic Pack, who was fifth.





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“WHEELS UP” LOOKS TO CLEAR GRADED STAKES HURDLE


When trainer Paul Douglas Fout saw Wheels Up At Noon in action at Delaware Park, he was immediately struck by the horse’s agility and balance. Naturally, being primarily a trainer of steeplechasers, Fout’s first thought was that the son of Outflanker would make a wonderful hurdler.

That’s exactly what Fout intended to do with the dark bay colt after he purchased him late last year for Eldon Farm, and gelded him. But things didn’t quite work out as Fout intended.





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Thursday, November 06 2008


AQUEDUCT NOTES, Nov. 5, 2008


It may have been a routine 1 1/16th mile claimer on the turf, but Jackie Davis will always remember Wednesday’s fifth race at Aqueduct Racetrack for a very special reason – it marked her first-ever victory as a professional jockey.

The 21-year-old Davis, the daughter of retired rider Robbie Davis, entered the winner’s circle on her 33rd mount after piloting 64-1 shot Blue Hill Bay, owned by Chris Nolan and trained by Scott Everett, to a wire-to-wire, three-quarter length victory over Pay Wright.





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Sunday, November 02 2008


DARK DAY SIMULCASTS BEGIN AT AQUEDUCT


Aqueduct Racetrack will offer the first of its dark day simulcast-only days on Monday and Tuesday, November 3 and 4. Fans will be able to bet at Aqueduct’s second-floor simulcast center, and mutuel clerks, self-service terminals and concession stand service will be available.

There is no charge for admission or general parking at Aqueduct for either live racing days – Wednesdays through Sundays -- or simulcast-only days. Parking and admission gates will open at 11:30 a.m., with the final simulcast race going off approximately 6:30 p.m.





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BREAK WATER EDISON, LIVIN LOVIN TAKE JUVENILE STAKES


Eli Gindi’s Break Water Edison closed out his 2-year-old campaign with a flourish as he took the lead in midstretch and went on to a 1¾-length victory over favored Hello Broadway in the 33rd running of the Grade 3, $118,500 Nashua Stakes Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Reunited with jockey Alan Garcia, who had been aboard for his first two starts, the son of Lemon Drop Kid stayed in the clear as the early fractions went in 22.96, 46.14 and 1:11.25, easily moving up when asked and hitting the wire in 1:35.86 for the mile over a fast track.





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Saturday, November 01 2008


CRITICISM SETTLES DOWN AND DELIVERS IN LONG ISLAND ‘CAP


By Francis LaBelle Jr.

Throughout Saturday’s 52nd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Long Island Handicap, Darley Stable’s Criticism looked like a horse in a hurry.

Inside early, she appeared almost too keen and she had to back out of trouble. She even found herself pinned down on the rail.

But when she finally got the room she needed in the lane, the 4-year-old, Great Britain-bred daughter of Machiavellian kicked clear to win the 1 ½-mile Aqueduct turf event by a length over J’Ray in 2:29.76.





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Thursday, October 30 2008


AQUEDUCT NOTES, Wed. October 29, 2008


The first stakes offerings of Aqueduct’s Fall Meet will be this weekend.

On Saturday, fillies and mares will got a mile and a half on the turf in the 52nd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Long Island Handicap.

Expected here are Haras du Mezeray’s Astrologie (FR) and Shake the Moon (GER), Darley Stables’ Criticism (GB), William L. Clifton Jr.’s Hostess, Lawrence Goichman’s J’Ray, Alain Falourd’s La Hernanda (IRE), Peter Harris’ Marzelline (IRE), Triple Diamond Stable’s Sentimental Union and Jane Schosberg’s Sunshine for Life.





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Saturday, October 25 2008


SIMULCAST ACTION WILL BRIGHTEN AQUEDUCT DARK DAYS


Racing fans will be playing the horses at Aqueduct Racetrack seven days a week once the track opens for its fall meet on Wednesday, October 29, with live and simulcast racing featured Wednesdays through Sundays, and simulcast racing returning to the traditional “dark days” of Mondays and Tuesdays, starting on Monday, November 3.

During Aqueduct’s initial live racing days, fans will also get to play the simulcasts from such tracks as Churchill Downs, Calder, Hollywood Park, The Meadowlands, Woodbine, and Finger Lakes, with Gulfstream Park, Fair Grounds, Tampa Bay Downs and others joining the simulcast roster later on.





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