Friday, November 30 2012


KID KATE WRAPS UP CAREER FACING SEVEN IN GARLAND OF ROSES


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


AQUEDUCT RACETRACK NOTES


• 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


GAZELLE (G1) QUOTES


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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CIGAR MILE HANDICAP (G1) QUOTES


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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REMSEN (G2) QUOTES


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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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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