Alex Rankin's 9-5 favorite Tar Heel Mom repelled a big from Hour Glass in upper stretch and bounded home for a 2 1/2-length win in the $150,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) April 17 at Aqueduct.
- By Tom Precious
Seeking to avoid a "profound" impact on the state's racing industry, New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. will not shut down April 18 as planned.
Multiple graded stakes winner D' Funnybone worked six furlongs in 1:13.70 with jockey Edgar Prado aboard April 16 at Aqueduct in preparation for the $150,000 Withers (gr. III) next weekend.
Justwhistledixie, who is trying to regain the winning touch she had early in her sophomore season, takes on five fillies and mares all seeking their first graded stakes victory April 17 in the $150,000 Distaff Handicap
- By Tom Precious
New York state officials are preparing as early as this week to release new bid proposals for the delayed Aqueduct casino project, with a winner expected to be selected possibly by the end of June.
Warrior's Reward, with Julien Leparoux aboard, caught Musket Man in deep stretch and nosed out his rival during a head-bobbing finish in the $250,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) April 3 at Aqueduct.
Zayat Stables' Eskendereya likely solidified himself as the horse to beat in next month's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) by romping past five overmatched rivals in the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 3 at Aqueduct.
Eightyfiveinafifty made a winning return in the seven-furlong Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) and cruised to a 2 1/2-length victory under Ramon Dominguez in the $200,000 event.
Eightyfiveinafifty will return against six rivals in the $200,000 Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) April 3 at Aqueduct.
Munnings and Musket Man will square off in the grade I, $250,000 Carter Handicap April 3 at Aqueduct.
Eskendereya and Awesome Act turned in two of the most impressive Triple Crown prep efforts to this point in the season last out, and those two heavyweights will face off in the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 3
In order to raise awareness for and benefit horse rescue and retirement organizations, Mike Repole and NYRA are donating a total of $30,000 to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, and the Exceller Fund.
New York Gov. David Paterson is pushing a plan with legislative leaders to re-bid the Aqueduct casino project, a proposal that could push off a final decision until the end of the year.
The horses for Aqueduct's first race March 21 did not arrive at the security barn by 8:00 a.m., the designated deadline, and as a result the first race has been canceled.
Riding with a purpose, jockey Anna Rose Napravnik guided Liam's Dream through a narrow opening on the rail to win the $100,000 Cicada Stakes (gr. III) March 20 at Aqueduct.
Dominguez, who swept every NYRA meet last year, is currently the nation's leading rider by number of wins for 2010.
Bickersons heads a field of seven 3-year-old fillies in the rescheduled $100,000 Cicada Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct, the first graded stakes of the year in New York for females.
Aqueduct has canceled live racing for March 13 because of rain and wind. The Cicada Stakes (gr. III) has been rescheduled for March 20.
- By Tom Precious
New York officials have scuttled the deal with Aqueduct Entertainment Group to develop a sprawling casino at Aqueduct racetrack, leaving an uncertain future over when the project will ever take shape.
Back on short rest, Bickersons heads a field of eight 3-year-old fillies assembled for the $100,000 Cicada Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct March 13, the first graded stakes of the year in New York for females.
State lawmakers March 10 urged Gov. David Paterson, who is considering pulling the plug on Aqueduct Entertainment Group's casino deal at Aqueduct, to pick from one of the remaining bidders if the AEG contract is scuttled.
The Aqueduct Entertainment Group bid to run a casino at Aqueduct racetrack took another setback, with the withdrawal of two of its most prominent African-American investors.
Susan Roy and Vinery Stables' Awesome Act turned in an impressive performance in his first start on dirt, accelerating past rivals at the top of the stretch en route to a 1 1/4-length victory in the $250,000 Gotham Stakes.
Custom for Carlos and Wall Street Wonder, both looking for their third straight win, will go up against three other stakes-winning older males including group III victor Elusive Warning in the March 6 Toboggan Handicap.
English shipper Awesome Act, a fast-closing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. II), may be the wild card in a diverse field of 10 3-year-olds in the $250,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) March 6 at Aqueduct.
In a major sign the Aqueduct video lottery terminal project could be in jeopardy, Gov. David Paterson is no longer counting on the winning bidder to supply the cash-starved state with $300 million by March 31.
Aqueduct, which had already canceled live racing for Friday, Feb. 26, has also canceled the Saturday, Feb. 27 card, citing snow and wind from a major winter storm that has blasted the Northeast.
Due to forecasts that call for snow and wind, live racing has been canceled at Aqueduct for Friday, Feb. 26.
- By Tom Precious
The New York Racing Association, which has long resisted revealing salaries of its top executives, has furnished the information to a top state regulator at a time it is warning of running out of cash later this summer.
Stormy Shay, whose broodmare sire is Seattle Slew, triumphs at Aaqueduct.
Asks New York state inspector general's office to look into the bidding process.
Due to high winds and continued snowfall in the Mid-Atlantic region, Aqueduct, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racecourse, and Charles Town Races & Slots have canceled their live racing cards for Thursday, Feb. 11.
With another 10 to 20 inches of snow expected in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas by the evening of Feb. 9, the Maryland Jockey Club has cancelled live racing at Laurel Park for Feb. 10 and 11.
Odds-on favorite Eightyfiveinafifty blew the first turn and was pulled up by jockey Jorge Chavez, leaving the door open for Peppi Knows to win the $100,000 Whirlaway Stakes Feb. 6 at Aqueduct.
Getting a casino at Aqueduct could be delayed further by political in-fighting.
There is no disputing the fact that Eightyfiveinafifty is fast, but the colt will get a chance to show how far he can carry his speed when he faces five 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Whirlaway Stakes Feb. 6 at Aqueduct.
A broad winter storm and cold temperatures forced the cancellation of live racing in the East and Midwest Jan. 30.
New York Gov. David Paterson and legislative leaders have tapped Aqueduct Entertainment Group to run a sprawling new video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct.
Foot-dragging and midstream rule changes look like prejudice against Penn National Gaming, according to Peter Carlino, the Pennsylvania-based company's CEO and chairman.
Paul Wagner-directed production was filmed on last year's Triple Crown trail.
Citing frigid temperatures and high winds, the New York Racing Association cancelled live racing at Aqueduct for Sunday, Jan. 3.
It was a lucrative start to 2010 for the lucky horseplayers backing George Santangelo's homebred Hudson Heights in race 6 at Aqueduct Jan. 2, as the 110-1 longshot colt rallied late up the outside to win by a head.
The last day of 2009 found Ramon Dominguez in the same place as the first -- atop the jockey standings and in the winner's circle at Aqueduct.
Aqueduct will reopen Dec. 26 after the Christmas break with full accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance in hand.
NYRA president Charles Hayward said the state needs to choose a casino operator for Aqueduct or the association will run out of money in June, which puts the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at risk. As of now, the race will be run.
The federal government has given preliminary recognition to a Long Island Indian tribe, setting in motion development of a possible casino close to the New York Racing Association's two downstate tracks.
Barry Schwartz's Rodman took advantage of an unexpectedly easy lead and was never seriously challenged while romping to a 5 3/4-length score in the $107,500 Queens County Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Dec. 12.
Beginning Dec. 11 and through Jan. 15, 2010, fans can choose from among five compelling storylines some human, some equine and cast their ballots for NYRA "Story of the Year."
Researcher comes into the $100,000 Queens County off a losing effort but trainer Jeff Runco is still confident his charge is the one to beat.
A large winter storm sweeping across the country producing snow and high winds has caused several tracks to cancel their race cards for Dec. 9.
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