Wednesday, December 18 2013

Damon Runyon (NYB) Quotes

Rick Violette, winning trainer of Samraat (No. 1): "I thought the two turns would be right up his alley; pedigree-wise it's supposed to be up his alley, and it was. The pace slows down a little bit, he gets into a nice rhythm, and the only thing that concerned me was his preparation. We've had a lot of bad weather and he missed some training, but he was good enough to overcome that today."

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Saturday, December 14 2013

Queens County Quotes

Rajiv Maragh, winning jockey aboard Jonesy Boy (No. 5): "We went in with the intention of sitting back and letting him fall into his stride. I was hoping that the speed would develop, and it sure did. Midway on the turn I saw I had a great shot to win; I only had a couple lengths to make up and it seemed like my horse was just getting into his best stride. At the top of the lane, he switched leads and really put in a good run. I felt if he maintained the run, he was going to win, and he did."

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Friday, December 13 2013

Percussion hopes to keep the beat going in Queens County

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The inner-track stakes schedule gets underway at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, with the Todd Pletcher-trained Percussion returning to his favorite course as he heads a field of five for the 108th running of the $100,000 Queens County.

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Miss Narcissist commands attention in East View

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Miss Narcissist, who has already won a pair of sprint stakes, will stretch out in distance on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack in the $100,000 East View for New York-bred 2-year-old fillies.

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Sunday, December 08 2013

Garland of Roses Quotes

Leonard Dunne, assistant to Eddie Kenneally, winning trainer of Ullapool (No. 4): "She doesn't want company - she likes do it by herself and likes to be up there. When she hears horses behind her, her heart gets big. Like Irad [Ortiz] said, when he turned for home and the other [riders] were hitting them and slapping it woke her up and she went on about her business."

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Friday, December 06 2013

Miss Mischief, Baby J take on elders in Garland of Roses

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Miss Mischief and Baby J, a pair of 3-year-old fillies exiting stakes victories, will take on older runners when they compete in the $100,000 Garland of Roses on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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Thursday, December 05 2013

NYRA announces 2014 Aqueduct winter/spring stakes schedule

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced the stakes schedule for the 2014 winter/spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack, with stakes purses totaling $6 million.

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Saturday, November 30 2013

Remsen (G2) Quotes

Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Honor Code (No. 4): "We just said we were going to let him run his race. When [front-runner Master Lightning] went that slow, we went on and engaged him. He got down on the inside of that horse [Cairo Prince in the stretch] and he got by him. He showed a lot of guts. I'm proud of him. I think the horse in second is a nice horse, and it was a peculiar race. We'll give him a little time and take him to Payson [Park Thoroughbred Training Center in Florida]. He's going to run that far [Triple Crown distances], we just have to figure out how he wants to do it."

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Cigar Mile Handicap (G1) Quotes

Bill Mott, winning trainer of Flat Out (No. 9): "This horse, I can't say enough about him. He's just been a real tough, durable horse, a horse that I've always felt may be as good at a flat mile as he is at 10 furlongs. Although he has won the Jockey Club Gold Cup twice at 10 furlongs, [he's] versatile enough to get up and get the job done at a mile."

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Comely (G3) Quotes

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Wedding Toast (No. 2): "She sometimes doesn't break so well, but today she broke well and [Javier Castellano] put her on the lead. She was very game. It looked like the other filly was going to go right by her, but she dug in and showed a lot of gameness. We won a tough photo. She's a very nice filly. We'll discuss plans for her."

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Demoiselle (G2) Quotes

Todd Pletcher, trainer of winner Stopchargingmaria (No. 6) and runner-up Got Lucky (No. 1):"I was pleased with both of their races. Big effort by Got Lucky in her second start. The thing I thought [Stopchargingmaria] had going for her is a good foundation and the fact that she has a good mind. She's very ratable. She's kind. She's not the kind you have to worry about getting too headstrong, but it's a mile and an eighth, and it's a long way for 2-year-old fillies."

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Friday, November 29 2013

Go for Wand Handicap (G2) Quotes

Michael McCarthy, assistant to winning trainer Todd Pletcher, of Royal Lahaina (No. 3): "She'd been keeping some heady company. She'd trained well the past couple of weeks and she certainly has an affinity for Aqueduct. Jose [Ortiz] gave her a super ride. Things shook out nicely for them."

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