Monday, December 31 2012


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – At the age of 6, Nicole H will try to become the first mare to post three consecutive victories in the $75,000 Interborough Handicap when she faces seven other fillies and mares in the six-furlong race on New Year’s Day at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The 92nd running of the Interborough is one of two stakes on Tuesday’s holiday card along with the 141st running of the $75,000 Ladies Handicap. Also on New Year’s Day, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will hold its annual calendar promotion, in which racing fans can purchase and redeem $2 coupons for the calendar, which features photos of many of the best horses who competed at NYRA’s tracks in 2012.

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Sunday, December 16 2012


David Jacobson, winning trainer and co-owner of Saginaw (No. 4): “That was a legitimate horse he beat [Royal Currier]; Linda [Rice] always does a great job. They ran really fast. I’m happy to see he can compete in open company now. The only other time he did was in May [sixth in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap]. We’ll definitely be back for the Alex M. Robb [on December 26], provided he comes back OK. He’ll let us know.”

Junior Alvarado, winning jockey aboard Saginaw (No. 4): “David pretty much left it up to me. I tried to play the break and have a good break. He broke well. I had the best horse in the race, so I put him right there. He’s a class horse, and when I asked him he gave it all to me. It was pretty much easy at the end. When we turned for home, I knew how much horse I had. [Royal Currier] was still trying, but I had plenty of horse left.”

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Thursday, December 13 2012


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Headed by New York-bred stalwart Saginaw, a field of six seasoned sprinters will go postward Saturday in the 54th running of the Gravesend Handicap, the final stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack prior to the annual holiday break.

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Monday, December 10 2012


Leah Gyarmati, winning trainer of Smooth Bert (No. 9): “I knew he could handle [an off track]. The first time at Saratoga at five furlongs was way too short, but he still handled the slop and came running and finished third. He’s a neat horse. He can probably do anything once he figures it all out. The longer, the better, and he has some speed if you want him to use it. He’s very athletic. He looks like a 5-year-old, but he’s not clumsy. He’s not one of those big horses where it takes a lot for him to get into himself. Right from the beginning, he’s been athletic.”

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Sunday, December 09 2012


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of San Pablo (No. 5): “We’ve seen him make the lead, and then he kind of waits a little bit. Anytime you’re the big favorite like that, you’re happy that you get the job done, especially running over a wet track, which he had never won on before. That was my biggest concern, but it seemed like he handled it well.”

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Sunday, December 02 2012


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will host its annual Spirit of Giving weekend at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 featuring the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign and Stocking Stuffer promotion.

A holiday tradition at Aqueduct, the Toys for Tots Foundation will collect new, unwrapped toys, cash contributions, and checks made payable to Toys for Tots, with donation boxes located at the main Clubhouse entrance and the Turf and Field Entrance. Toys will be distributed to children in need during the holiday season.

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Friday, November 30 2012


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A stakes winner at 2, 3, 4 and 5 years of age, Dell Ridge Farm’s Kid Kate hopes to go out a winner as she takes on a field of seven other filly and mare sprinters Saturday in the final race of her career, the $75,000 Garland of Roses at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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Monday, November 26 2012


• Repole juvenile winners Unlimited Budget and Overanalyze, Cigar Mile hero Stay Thirsty to part ways
• Dance Card’s G1 Gazelle victory caps successful year for Godolphin

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Sunday, November 25 2012


Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Dance Card (No. 2): “It’s not ideal [drifting out in the lane], but as long as they cross the wire first ... [Dance Card and Questing, who also drifts out at times] are both Grade 1 winners, so if that’s what it takes, we’ll take it. It’s never felt so good to be for 2 for our last 52.

On going to the lead: “It looked like that was the thing to do. I didn’t say anything [to jockey Ramon Dominguez]. He wins plenty of races without instruction.”

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Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Stay Thirsty (No. 1): “I wasn’t sure; it was a very tight photo. I thought we got a good bob, but I still wasn’t 100 percent sure we got there.”

“He was successful at 2 and won races like the Jim Dandy and Travers at 3, and the breeders love milers. He proved today he can be versatile enough to do all of those things. It was a huge win for him.”

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Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Overanalyze (No. 1a): “We thought he’d be prominent early. Actually, I thought he might be on the lead. He’s a horse that won first time out going wire-to-wire at Saratoga in :57 1/5. He’s got speed and the ability to carry it. He’s a ratable horse, tractable – smart horse. It looked like the horse who finished second had a lot of momentum, but actually, when he got to Overanalyze it kind of emboldened him and carried him on again.”

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Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Unlimited Budget (No. 1): “You’re always concerned running back a little quick, but she seemed to bounce out of the race pretty well, physically and mentally. She did everything right, never seemed to turn a hair, and came back with a really good work the other day. We felt it was a calculated risk. For only her second start, it was a big effort. We thought she breezed really well at OBS and has a nice blend of stamina and speed. Very classy filly.”

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