Thursday, November 22 2012


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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Sunday, November 18 2012


CALLED TO SERVE RALLIES TO WIN DISCOVERY ‘CAP


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Called to Serve stormed from last to first to earn his first graded stakes victory in Saturday’s 68th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Ridden by Joel Rosario, the 3-year-old gelded son of Afleet Alex sat patiently behind tepid fractions of 24.63, 49.36 and 1:13.29 set by 3-4 favorite Willy Beamin, then launched a four-wide rally through the stretch to take command before the eighth pole. His winning time for the 1 1/8 miles over a fast track was 1:49.77.





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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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