Wednesday, November 26 2014

Juveniles look to close out season in style in Remsen, Demoiselle

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Racing fans hoping for a glimpse of some of next year's 3-year-old stars can do so Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack when 22 promising juveniles gather for the 100th running of the Grade 2, $400,000 Remsen and its sister race, the Grade 2, $400,000 Demoiselle for fillies, which will be run for the 93rd time.

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Stretch-out sprinters lead the way in G1 Cigar Mile Handicap

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The second, third, and fourth-place finishers from the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint on November 1 at Santa Anita Park are all back for more on Saturday in the Grade 1, $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap - the centerpiece of the fall meet at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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Competitive bunch set to square off in G3 Go For Wand

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - An intriguing blend of up-and-coming fillies and hard-knocking mares is set to enter the starting gate on Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack for the Grade 3, $300,000 Go For Wand Handicap.

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Saturday, November 15 2014

Red Smith Handicap (G3) Quotes

Kathryn Sullivan, assistant to winning trainer Mark Casse of Dynamic Sky (No. 3): "[The Canadian International] was a really tough race, obviously. He got a great trip today, and everything seemed to come together for him. He didn't have the best start in the [Canadian] International, which put him behind in the race, but today everything went exactly as planned. Cornelio took him off the pace a little bit and had him sitting perfectly. When that hole opened, he just went right on through and had a ton of horse. It was perfect; you couldn't ask for a better trip."

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Wednesday, November 12 2014


NEW YORK - The New York Racing Association's Board of Directors today took the first step toward the long-term transformation and re-privatization of the national thoroughbred racing leader. This extensive process, which includes the development of a fully sustainable, three-year business model, kicked off at today's Board meeting in midtown Manhattan.

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Monday, November 10 2014

$227,192 triple Pick 6 carryover into Wednesday’s card at Big A

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The Pick 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack eluded bettors for a third straight day on Monday, triggering a $227,192 triple Pick 6 carryover into Wednesday's card.

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Saturday, November 08 2014

Long Island Handicap (G3) Quotes

Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Aigue Marine (No. 1): "She went a bit off form last time, otherwise she's always been a nice filly. We've tried to win the Long Island with her for a few years; it's wonderful she's done it this year. She's going to go back to Europe and become a broodmare now. The trip [John Velazquez] gave her was between superb and unbelievable; that's what you call 'saving ground.'"

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Thursday, April 17 2014

Kauai Katie returns in G2 Distaff Handicap

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Kauai Katie, unraced since finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Prioress in July, will return to the races on Saturday when she faces an evenly matched field of filly and mare sprinters in Aqueduct Racetrack's Grade 2, $200,000 Distaff Handicap at six furlongs.

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Friday, April 04 2014

Aqueduct Racetrack Notes: Friday, April 4

• Kid Cruz declared from Wood Memorial
• Samraat likely to use 'cruising speed' in Wood
• Sahara Sky, second one year ago, trying G1 Carter again

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Linda Rice today said that Wood Memorial contender Kid Cruz would miss tomorrow's Grade 1, $1 million race due to a sore shoulder.

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Tuesday, March 18 2014

New York-bred stakes schedule upgraded for 2014

The schedule of New York-bred stakes races to be run at the three New York Racing Association (NYRA) racetracks and at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) has a new and improved look for 2014.

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Friday, March 07 2014

‘Kiaran’s Kids’ program enters its sixth year

OZONE PARK, N. Y. - "Kiaran's Kids," a youth mentoring and outreach program at Belmont Park hosted by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, is entering its sixth year on the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit. The afterschool mentoring program partners with Gateway Youth Outreach, Inc. (GYO) of Elmont, N.Y. by giving 15 students a behind-the-scenes look at what takes place at a race track. Participating students range from first to sixth-graders and visit McLaughlin's barn at Belmont Park every other week for two hours after school.

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Sunday, March 02 2014

Gotham (G3) Quotes

Rick Violette, winning trainer of Samraat (No. 1A): "This is a real horse now. We knew he had a shot to be a real horse after the Withers; he proved he is a real horse today. This was a good field. It was a deep field of horses. The weight had me worried. We picked up five pounds from last time; that's a big shift. I'd be lying if I said we weren't already thinking [about the Kentucky Derby]. At this stage, we didn't want to do anything that would prevent us from going to the Derby. A couple of races before the Derby probably toughens him, but this was another stretch-long, hard duel, but Jose [Ortiz] never hit him. He's an honest racehorse and there might be a little left. Today, he graduated big time. His last race was a terrific race and this was a notch above that. He was pretty impressive today. He leaves for Florida tomorrow. The Wood [Memorial, Grade 1, $1 million, April 5] is a real possibility. That would be our best option as long as the horse cooperates and tells us that we should get on a plane and come up for it."

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