Sunday, November 25 2012


DEMOISELLE (G2) QUOTES


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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Saturday, November 24 2012


JOCKEY IRAD ORTIZ, JR. BRUISES BACK IN FRIDAY FALL AT AQUEDUCT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., who fell from his mount during Friday’s eighth race at Aqueduct, sustained a bruised lower back and will remain at Jamaica Hospital overnight for observation. Diagnostic tests showed no fractures.





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NEFERTINI THE TOAST OF GO FOR WAND


$109K PICK 6 CARRYOVER INTO CIGAR MILE DAY

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Nefertini prevailed at 9-1 in the Grade 2, $200,000 Go for Wand Handicap on Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack, helping set up a $109,248 Pick 6 carryover into Saturday’s Heineken Holidayfest card, which includes the Grade 1, $350,000 Cigar Mile Handicap and three other graded stakes.





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GO FOR WAND HANDICAP (G2) QUOTES


Alan Garcia, winning jockey aboard Nefertini (No. 2): “I was very close to the speed. [Trainer Alan Goldberg] said to put her right in the game. [Willet] came to me, and [Nefertini] was fighting and didn’t want to get beat.”

Rajiv Maragh, jockey aboard runner-up Willet (No. 1): “She tried hard. It was a good horse race at the top of the lane. I think the mile got her at the end. By the sixteenth pole, she was at the end of her rope. It wasn’t for lack of effort. The effort was good.”




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Friday, November 23 2012


CAIXA ELETRONICA KO’S FOES IN G3 FALL HIGHWEIGHT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Caixa Eletronica pounced on pace-setting favorite This Ones for Phil in the stretch and went on to a four-length victory in Thursday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Fall Highweight Handicap, Aqueduct Racetrack’s traditional Thanksgiving Day feature.

Toting 133 pounds, including jockey Javier Castellano, Caixa Eletronica tracked This Ones for Phil through early fractions of 22.57 and 44.84 seconds. Moving into striking position as the field of five turned for home, he drew alongside the even-money choice in midstretch and pulled away to the wire.





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FALL HIGHWEIGHT HANDICAP (G3) QUOTES


Whit Beckman, assistant to Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Caixa Eletronica (No. 2): “This horse usually has his own style and sticks to it, and [jockey] Javier [Castellano] had to stay with him and work hard all the way around. I’d never seen him run like that.”





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Thursday, November 22 2012


GROUPIE DOLL FACES SIX MALES IN CIGAR MILE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Groupie Doll, winner of five straight against fillies and mares, will take on six opponents, including four Grade 1 winners, will face males in the 24th edition of the Grade 1, $350,000 Cigar Mile Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.





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JUVENILES SHARE SATURDAY’S HEINEKEN HOLIDAYFEST CARD


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Mike Repole’s Overanalyze seeks his second stakes victory on Saturday in the Grade 2, $250,000 Remsen for 2-year-olds while Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Emollient looks to build on her impressive maiden victory in the Grade 2, $250,000 Demoiselle for juvenile fillies at Aqueduct Racetrack.





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MY WANDY’S GIRL STREAKS INTO GRADE 1 GAZELLE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Nine days after her successful introduction to racing in the continental 48 states, Puerto Rican star My Wandy’s Girl will attempt to win the biggest race of her career Saturday in the 117th running of the Grade 1, $350,000 Gazelle at Aqueduct Racetrack.





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Monday, November 19 2012


NEW YORK-BRED WILLET SEEKS GRADE 2 GLORY IN GO FOR WAND


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Five fillies and mares will be shopping for a graded stakes victory Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack when they go postward in the Grade 2, $200,000 Go for Wand Handicap.

New York-bred Willet will make her first foray into graded stakes company in the one-mile race. A rousing 9 ¼-length winner of the Iroquois at Belmont Park on New York Showcase Day, the 4-year-old Jump Start filly has been no worse than third in seven lifetime starts, including a pair of victories at the Big A last year for trainer and co-owner Jimmy Iselin.





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AQUEDUCT RACETRACK NOTES


• Groupie Doll confirmed for G1 Cigar Mile
• Decision on Shackleford’s status for Cigar Mile due Monday
• Heineken Holidayfest works





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FALL HIGHWEIGHT HIGHLIGHTS BIG A’S THANKSGIVING CARD


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Horses will join many people in packing on a few extra pounds this Thursday as a field of six goes to post for the 99th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Fall Highweight Handicap, the traditional Thanksgiving Day feature at Aqueduct Racetrack.

First race post time will be 11:25 a.m., with the nine-race card set to conclude at 3:10 p.m.





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