The series features high school and college students who overcome challenges, such as illness or poverty, to excel in sports and the performing arts. Other athletes serving as guest presenters on the series include David Tyree of the New York Giants, Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, Olympic Gold medal short-track speed skater Apolo Ohno and other notables from NASCAR, the NBA, professional golf and other sports.
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Live racing at Aqueduct will be conducted Wednesday, January 14, through Monday, January 19, with the three-day holiday weekend featuring a trio of stakes races beginning with Saturday’s $65,000 Evening Attire for three-year-olds and up.
Formerly the Aqueduct Handicap, the race was renamed in honor of the recently retired gelding who won the mile and a sixteenth race in 2002 at age four.
Probables for Saturday’s 90th running include J. Paul Reddam’s Barcola, who in his last appearance at the Big A was second to Evening Attire in the 2007 Queens County Handicap; Sovereign Stable’s Broadway Producer, recent winner at Laurel Park; and Harvey Tenenbaum’s Judiths Wild Rush, second in an allowance race here on December 5. Darley Stables’ Barrier Reef and Sanford Robbins’ Mister Triester are questionable.
Sunday’s feature is the 34th running of the Affectionately Handicap for fillies and mares, also going a mile and one sixteenth. C.P. Racing Stables’ Are We Dreamin, fourth to Zada Belle in the Interborough on New Year’s Day; Kasey K Racing Stable’s Rap Tale, fourth in the Ladies Handicap on December 14; Edward Evans’ Spritely, second as the favorite in the Restored Hope on January 2 after stumbling at the break, and Seahorse Stable’s Yet Again, third in that race, are listed as probable. IEAH Stables Successful Sarah and Paul Fowler’s Hongkong Tour are questionable.
On Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, three-year-old sprinters will vie in the 25th running of the $65,000-added Jimmy Winkfield Stakes. Michael Dubb’s Fellow Crasher, no worse than third in six starts last year; Sherry Parbhoo’s Giant Ryan, a New York-bred son of Freud who is on a two-race win streak, and Shadwell Stable’s Taqarub, undefeated in two starts, are likely for the six-furlong race, with Four Roses Thoroughbreds’ Great Debater and Starlight Partners’ Naos listed as questionable.