Tuesday, November 19 2013

Velazquez continues his recovery

Velazquez continues his recovery, thanks all who have expressed concern

LONG ISLAND, NY (November 19, 2013) - Jockey John Velazquez, Chairman of the Jockeys' Guild, continues to recover at his home in Long Island, New York. Velazquez was injured on November 2 at Santa Anita Racetrack when his mount, Secret Compass, broke down during the running of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

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Sunday, November 17 2013

Aqueduct Racetrack Notes - November 17

• Forty Tales, Capo Bastone, and Verrazano breeze for G1 Cigar Mile
• Honor Code works for G2 Remsen; Imagining emerges in fine fettle from G3 Red Smith victory
• Clearly Now preps for possible Cigar Mile start by breezing at Palm Meadows

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Saturday, November 16 2013

Imagining shows new dimension in G3 Red Smith victory

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Closing with a flourish from the outside, Imagining grabbed the lead in midstretch and held on for a half-length triumph over Hangover Kid in the Grade 3, $250,000 Red Smith Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack, giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his third consecutive win in the 1 3/8-mile race.

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Aqueduct Racetrack Notes: Saturday, November 16

• Groupie Doll breezes half in 48.61 for G1 Cigar Mile
• Alpha breezes, remains possible for Cigar Mile; Cairo Prince works for G2 Remsen
• Saratoga Snacks exits work in good order, Cigar Mile could be next

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Thursday, November 14 2013

Hyper, Tannery and Imagining to tangle in G3 Red Smith

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Multiple stakes winners Hyper, Tannery and Imagining look to close out their 2013 seasons with a flourish as they head a jam-packed field for Saturday's 57th running of the Grade 3, $250,000 Red Smith Handicap, the year's final graded turf stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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Friday, November 08 2013

Aqueduct Race Course Notes, Friday, November 8

• Grade 1 Cigar Mile next for Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents
• Alpha pointing to Grade 1 Cigar Mile; Cairo Prince possible for G2 Remsen
• Strathnaver returning to best game in Saturday's G3 Long Island 'Cap; Inimitable Romanee seeks elusive stakes win
• Plainview could give trainer DiPrima first New York stakes win on Sunday in deep edition of Three Coins Up
• Bombaguia ready to return in Three Coins Up
• Filly Tannery probable for G3 Red Smith 'Cap

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Sunday, April 21 2013

The Road Princess Overnight Stakes Quotes

Michael McCarthy, assistant to winning trainer Todd Pletcher, of Kauai Katie (No. 4): “I’d say that was pretty much textbook right there. The plan was to go ahead and let her run away from there and finish up nicely. It seemed she controlled the race from the start, set some nice fractions, didn’t overdo it, got the job done. I’d have to think this will [set her up for the Acorn] (Grade 1, one mile, Belmont Park, May 27). That’s been the plan all along.”

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Saturday, April 20 2013

NYRA Names Eric Wing Director of Communications & Media Relations

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has named Eric Wing Director of Communications & Media Relations. Wing, who has served as Senior Director of Media Relations at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) since 1999, will oversee corporate communications and serve as company spokesperson for NYRA beginning May 15.

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Friday, April 19 2013

Aqueduct Racetrack Notes

• Kauai Katie looks for third straight in Sunday’s Road Princess overnight stakes; Cross Traffic targets G3 Westchester
• Rattlesnake Bridge to use Westchester as prep for the Met Mile
• Hymn Book possible for Westchester as he works toward 7yo bow
• Westchester probables include two-time G1 winner Flat Out, impressive optional claiming winner Big Screen

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Thursday, April 11 2013

Cluster of Stars vs. Spectacular Sky in Distaff Handicap

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Cluster of Stars will put her unbeaten record on the line when she makes her graded stakes debut in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Distaff Handicap, a six-furlong race for fillies and mares that serves as the final graded stakes of the 2012-13 Aqueduct Racetrack meet.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2013) – Jockeys’ Guild Chairman John Velazquez was released from North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., on Sunday evening. On Monday, he saw his personal doctor, Dr. Stephen O’Brien.

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Saturday, April 06 2013

Wood Memorial (G1) Quotes

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Verrazano (No. 8): “He made kind of a quick move on the turn, and then idled a little bit, and made another quick move and idled a bit, which he has a tendency to do, but a very good effort. This race was not only a building block but a very significant race in its own right. I thought he handled everything really well. He’s been very professional. He shipped into Tampa the day of the race, shipped in here only a few days ago and came over from Belmont just a few hours ago. Nothing seems to faze him.”

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