Sunday, November 18 2012


DISCOVERY HANDICAP (G3) QUOTES


Nick Canani, winning trainer of Called to Serve (No. 4): “He came to New York and ran in the Temperence Hill as a prep for this. Marc Ferrell gave me a great opportunity to move the horse [from California] and give him to me. I don’t think we could be happier right now. I was a bit concerned when I saw the slow fractions, but I can only control my own horse. The last three weeks he’s made great strides, put on weight, filled out, and he was doing super. Around the turn he was in the clear and didn’t have any traffic trouble.”

Joel Rosario, winning jockey aboard Called to Serve (No. 4): “It was easy for me. I just had to put him in the right spot. He was all game today. Every time I asked him, he was there. I like to ride that kind of horse.”





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Saturday, November 17 2012


AQUEDUCT RACETRACK NOTES - November 16, 2012


• Jersey Town ‘great’ as he aims for second G1 Cigar Mile win; Indy’s Illusion to get added ground in G2 Remsen
• Pletcher could be loaded for Heineken Holidayfest
• Puerto Rican import My Wandy’s Girl possible for G1 Gazelle off Thursday overnight stakes win; Mine Over Matter aims for G3 Fall Highweight
• Soldat returns Saturday for McLaughlin; Dance Card set for G1 Gazelle
• Friend Or Foe comes off 460-day layoff on Sunday for Kimmel





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Thursday, November 15 2012


WILLY BEAMIN FAVORED OVER FIVE IN DISCOVERY ‘CAP


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Willy Beamin, who became a Grade 1 winner this summer on just three days rest, is favored to add a second graded stakes win to his resume as he comes off a seven-week freshening for Saturday’s 68th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Discovery Handicap for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct Racetrack.





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Monday, November 12 2012


MEEKER AVENUE, KELLI GOT FROSTY WIN DIVISIONS OF NYSS


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Favored Meeker Avenue nosed out Laila’s Jazz at the wire and Kelli Got Frosty got up in the final strides as they won their respective divisions of the New York Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Sent off as the 3-5 choice in the $125,000 Great White Way division, Meeker Avenue was hemmed in along the rail in second as Stoneless set opening fractions of 21.95 and 45.33 seconds. Prompted by jockey Ramon Dominguez turning for home, the gelded son of Read the Footnotes darted through a narrow opening inside Laila’s Jazz and prevailed after a hard-fought battle through the final furlong.





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NEW YORK STALLION SERIES “THE FIFTH AVENUE DIVISION” QUOTES


Rudy Rodriguez, winning trainer of Kelli Got Frosty (No. 3): “She’s very nice. I was very glad the owner gave her to me to train. She’s tall, but I don’t think she’s finished growing yet. Hopefully she’ll keep improving a little bit.”

Joel Rosario, winning jockey aboard Kelli Got Frosty (No. 3): “I just followed the horse on the lead. She was going easy on the lead, and I tried to take my time before I made my move. She’s a pretty horse and she does everything right, and I have a lot of confidence in her. It looked like a little distance should be good, too.”




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NEW YORK STALLION SERIES “THE GREAT WHITE WAY DIVISION” QUOTES


Dominick Schettino, winning trainer of Meeker Avenue (No. 2): “Ramon [Dominguez] said [Meeker Avenue] was a little nervous at the break; he didn’t get away as well as he wanted him to. He ran well. He was a little intimidated along the inside. He’s still maturing and learning. He’ll get better with more racing. He was in tight the whole race. It’s a learning process, but he ran a hell of a race.”

Ramon Dominguez, winning jockey aboard Meeker Avenue (No. 2): “I was pleased because that definitely wasn’t the plan. I was looking to be on the lead or close behind. When he didn’t get away that well I was concerned because he was on the inside, a little shy, with a horse outside. Turning for home, he had to squeeze through a pretty narrow hole. He kept on trying. He’s already a pretty decent horse, but he’s going to prove to be even better.”



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Sunday, November 11 2012


NEW YORK WATCH: UNLIMITED BUDGET


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – There was a large deficit between the winner of Friday’s sixth race and the rest of the field as Unlimited Budget ran away to a 9 ½-length debut victory.

Unlimited Budget raced in hand as she prompted the pacesetter through an opening quarter-mile in 22.81 seconds and claimed the lead through a half in 45.97. After brushing off a challenge from 1-2 favorite Brilliant Jewel near the quarter pole, Unlimited Budget needed only moderate urging from jockey John Velazquez to stretch her advantage as Squeal came from off the pace to nab second.





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STARFORMER SHINES BRIGHTEST IN LONG ISLAND HANDICAP


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Starformer set a comfortable pace and staved off a late challenge from Mystical Star to register her second stakes win of 2012 with a neck victory in the Grade 3, $150,000 Long Island Handicap for fillies and mares on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.





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LONG ISLAND (G3) QUOTES


Rodolphe Brisset, assistant to winning trainer Bill Mott, of Starformer (No. 1): “Nobody knows [how they will handle the soft going] until you try. We scratched her from the Flower Bowl thinking she may not handle the soft going. She then ran a very good race in the Spinster; she was fourth. I guess if you have to take a shot, it was today.





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Saturday, November 10 2012


OLDER SPRINTERS COMPETE IN WEDNESDAY’S NYSS


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Sportswriter, already a winner of a New York Stallion Stakes on the turf, will try to win his first NYSS on the dirt when he competes in Wednesday’s $100,000 Thunder Rumble at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The Thunder Rumble is one of two NYSS races on Wednesday’s card, the other being the Staten Island for fillies and mares. Both races are seven furlongs.





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Friday, November 09 2012


Amerigo Vespucci (2-1) is undefeated in two starts for trainer Tim Tullock. Both wins came at Laurel


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Undefeated Matchmadeinheaven goes for her fourth straight stakes victory Sunday when she takes on six other 2-year-old fillies in the $125,000 Fifth Avenue division of the New York Stallion Series at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The six-furlong Fifth Avenue, which will be run as race 7, is the second of two stakes on Sunday restricted to the juvenile sons and daughters of stallions nominated to the series. The $125,000 Great White Way division for 2-year-olds, also contested at six furlongs, will be run as race 3 on the nine-race card.





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Thursday, November 08 2012


LIVE RACING AT AQUEDUCT CANCELED THURSDAY, SIMULCASTING AVAILABLE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has canceled live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack on Thursday, November 8 following a nor’easter that passed through the region Wednesday and left behind several inches of wet snow.

Aqueduct and the Belmont Café will remain open for simulcasting, and Telebet and Internet wagering will be available through NYRA Rewards.

Live racing at Aqueduct is scheduled to resume Friday, November 9.



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