Friday, November 27 2015

Juveniles look to tackle two turns in G3 Remsen, Demoiselle

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Aqueduct Racetrack's Road to the Kentucky Derby officially gets underway on Saturday when New York's top juveniles square off in the 101st running of the Grade 2, $300,000 Remsen and the 94th edition of the Grade 2, $300,000 Demoiselle for fillies, an official Kentucky Oaks prep race.

The Remsen and Demoiselle kick off the stakes action on an exciting, 10-race holiday weekend card, joined by the Grade 3, $300,000 Comely and anchored by the Grade 1, $500,000 Cigar Mile.

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Forever Unbridled ready to move forward in G3 Comely

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Set to make her fifth consecutive graded stakes start and first in New York, Charles Fipke's Forever Unbridled will face nine challengers in the Grade 3, $300,000 Comely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-old fillies, one of four stakes headlined by the Grade 1 500,000 Cigar Mile on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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King’s Swan quotes

Michael Dilger, winning trainer of Jan's Reserve (No. 2): "At the time, we thought he was training a little better on the turf, he was handling it better, so that's why we switched him over [to the turf]. Since he won his race, he's been training at Belmont and he's been handling the dirt so well, we decided to hang around and wait for this race."

"We were really happy [with the quick early pace]. That was the ideal scenario for us. Joel just made the comment that he might [go further], but there's a lot of opportunities for one-turn horses so we'll see what happens."

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Fall Highweight Quotes (G3)

Gatson Grant, winning trainer of Green Gratto (No. 5): "It's hard work and very emotional. I had this horse since he was a yearling, bought him and he just kept trying. I knew all along he was the kind of horse to win a graded stakes race because he always showed it in the mornings. It was just a matter of putting it together in the afternoon. He's just one tough guy and there's no quit in him. I really can't say much about it other than to Thank God for this opportunity."
"I wasn't concerned with the week layoff because when he came back the next day it looked like he didn't lift a hoof. He was acting good and we put him on the track and he was training awesome. He came back from last time like he didn't even break a sweat so we figured we'd give him a shot in here. We were trying to go to the Cigar Mile until we heard Private Zone was entered but we knew at three-quarters this horse was really tough. We're going to give him a breather; he's been racing all year. He deserves it. He's the one that tells us where we're going with him."

Kendrick Carmouche, winning rider aboard Green Gratto (No. 5): "Last time I rode the horse, I kept him together pretty good and let him go nice and easy, but it didn't work out. This time, I told the trainer, 'I'll just let him roll. That's the only way we're going to win.' And that's the way we won. He ran a good race. Hats off to the trainer, he did it all. I was just a good pilot."

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Furlough quotes

Toby Sheets, assistant to winning trainer Steve Asmussen of Constellation (No. 5): "Drawing the outside post helped us out a little bit being able to see how things would play out but she's a really nice filly. I don't think it would've mattered today where we drew. Irad said she settled nicely today, she was a little keen her last race back at Belmont but she did everything great and professionally."

Irad Ortiz, Jr., winning rider aboard Constellation (No. 5): "She's a very nice filly. She made it look easy today. She always tries hard and the trainer [Steve Asmussen] and his assistant, Toby Sheets, did a great job with the filly. She came ready today; she was 100 percent and was much the best."

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Wednesday, November 25 2015

Thanksgiving Rainbow 6 Carryover $62,000 At Gulfstream

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - Gulfstream Park West's special Thanksgiving Day program will be highlighted with a 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover Thursday of $62,661.96.

First race post time is 11:40 a.m.

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Churchill Downs Stakes Advances: Wed 11/25


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015)
– John C. Oxley’s Airoforce, the winner of Keeneland’s $250,000 Bourbon Stakes (Grade III) who was beaten a neck by fast-closing Hit It a Bomb in last month’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GI), was made the 3-1 morning line favorite for his dirt debut in a full field of 14 juveniles entered for Saturday’s 89th running of the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Presented by (GII) at Churchill Downs.

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Clement duo, Private Zone square off in G1 Cigar Mile

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Already with a personal best 98 wins on the year, trainer Christophe Clement will send out a potent pair in the Grade 1, $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack in hopes of his securing his first victory in the marquee one-mile dirt race.

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Churchill Downs Stakes Advances


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015)
– Donegal Racing’s Travers Stakes (GI) winner Keen Ice, the only horse to defeat Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) winner American Pharoah during the latter’s historic Triple Crown season, will attempt to complete his 3-year-old campaign on a high note when he takes on eight rivals in the 142nd running of the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI), the main event on the traditional high-quality “Black Friday” racing program on the day after Thanksgiving at Churchill Downs Racetrack.

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Taris returns to New York in Go For Wand

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Fresh off a solid third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, multiple graded stakes winner Taris returns to New York for the first since her maiden victory as she faces a field of six other fillies and mares in Friday's Grade 3, $300,000 Go For Wand Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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OLDSMAR, FL. – Full fields and the return of two Tampa Bay Downs stakes winners highlight a 10-race card Saturday on Opening Day at the Oldsmar oval.

In addition to the feature ninth race, the $28,000 Lightning City Prep for fillies and mares at five furlongs on the turf, the program includes the first legs of the popular Tampa Turf Test Starter Handicap Series, with one-mile races for both males and fillies and mares.

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Monday, November 23 2015

La Verdad could cap career with G3 Fall Highweight win

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - In what could be the final start of her illustrious career, La Verdad will take on males for the second straight year in the Grade 3, $250,000 Fall Highweight Handicap on Thursday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

A daughter of Yes It's True out of the Hook and Ladder mare Noble Fire, La Verdad has won 16 of 23 starts with earnings in excess of $1.6 million. In 2015 alone, the 5-year-old mare has finished first in six of seven starts. Her lone defeat this year came in her last start - the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint - in which she set the pace but tired late to finish second on just seven days rest.

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