Aqueduct's winterized inner track opens Nov. 28, but not without trepidation from horsemen concerning the future of New York Thoroughbred racing.
Shadwell Stable's Daaher upset Midnight Lute, the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner, by 2 1/2 lengths in the $294,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct on Nov. 24. Midnight Lute, the 1-2 favorite in the five-horse field, finished second.
Bill Mott figured that the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) would be a good test for his promising 2-year-old colt Court Vision, one that would give the trainer an idea of whether the son of Gulch was a legitimate, early Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) candidate.
Now a Victor stalked the pace under John Velazquez and then wore down longtime leader Shopton Lane in the final sixteenth of a mile to take the $100,000 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) by a length on the main track at Aqueduct on Nov. 24.
Grand Champion emerged the head winner of a three-way blanket finish in the $109,200 Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct Nov. 22.
Though making just his second start since February, Ontario-bred Buffalo Man could be the one to beat in the $100,000 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 24 at Aqueduct.
Bill Mott has a barn full of promising juveniles. But of all of them, Court Vision may have the pedigree, speed and talent to give the trainer a legitimate Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender.
Expect the End has never raced in a graded stakes but coming off three consecutive wins, she could have the final say in the $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes (gr.II) at Aqueduct on Nov. 24.
Pool Land, a winner of seven races from 10 starts, seeks her third graded win in the $150,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct Nov. 23.
The New York Racing Association is proposing to keep 17.5 acres of land adjacent to Aqueduct after it gives up it land claims to the state of New York, according to amendments filed to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.
Tasteyville, who easily won the Sport Page Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 27, will not run in the Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Nov. 24 because of a minor leg injury.
TVG will air special coverage of some of the world's top Thoroughbred races Thanksgiving week, including live broadcasts of the Hollywood Turf Festival, the Japan Cup program from Tokyo, and the Hill 'N' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I) from Aqueduct.
Grand Champion appears to have landed in the perfect spot to earn his first open stakes win in the $100,000 Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct Nov. 22.
Jockey Raul Rojas suffered two fractured neck vertebrae after his mount, Bully for Us, unseated the rider in Aqueduct's sixth race Nov. 17.
Hunting, a Stuart S. Janney III homebred and the longest price in a field of six, ran down 2-1 favorite Utopia in the final yards of the $108,500 Stuyvesant Handicap (gr.III) at Aqueduct to win by a length Nov. 17.
Mike Pegram's Midnight Lute, winner of the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), is expected for the Nov. 24 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I), which highlights Aqueduct's HolidayFest.
Florida-based trainer David Fawkes had good luck shipping Take d'Tour to New York to win grade I races in 2006 and 2007, and now he looks forward to doing well with his first New York-based stable at Aqueduct's fall and winter meets.
Trainer Mark Hennig knows Barcola is a superior horse over the Delaware Park surface. Now he wants to know if the colt can be as effective at Aqueduct, and he'll find out Nov. 17 in the New York track's $100,000 Stuyvesant Handicap (gr.III).
Live racing at Aqueduct Race Track was cancelled after the second race Nov. 15 due to unsatisfactory track conditions, although the facility remained open for simulcasting.
Dalvina, an impressive winner of the Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct Nov. 11, has been turned over to trainer Graham Motion to continue her American campaign.
Trainer Linda Rice hit the "trifecta" in the Nov. 11 Fifth Avenue Division of the New York Stallion Stakes at Aqueduct.
Sophia Santos, the 20-year-old daughter of Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos, is being held on a $1 million bond in a Nassau County, N.Y., jail and has been charged with driving while intoxicated and second-degree vehicular manslaughter after she was involved in a Nov. 11 car accident that left one woman dead and another in critical condition.
English invader Dalvina went from last-to-first, rallying under Cornelio Velasquez to conquer the $150,000 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 11 at Aqueduct in her first start on American soil.
The Barclay Tagg-trained Dave took advantage of a clear outside trip under jockey Joe Bravo to win the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) over the yielding turf at Aqueduct Nov. 10.
Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) winner Royal Highness leads a field of eight that is heavily weighted with European contenders in the $150,000 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 11 at Aqueduct.
The Nov. 10 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) at Aqueduct will be run at a demanding 1 3/8 miles. The turf race also will prove to be a challenge to handicappers.
With a franchise expiration date of Dec. 31 fast approaching, it still remains very unclear who will be in control of Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga in 2008 and beyond.
Chatain, the winner of the Nov. 3 William Livingston Stakes at Meadowlands, will run next in the $300,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Nov. 24, according to trainer Angel Penna Jr.
The live racing card Nov. 3 at Aqueduct was cancelled after jockeys refused to ride prior to the first race, citing strong winds resulting from the remnants of Hurricane Noel.
Aqueduct canceled its nine-race program Nov. 3 when jockeys decided they would not ride due to extremely windy conditions. Suffolk Downs also canceled its live racing card.
Sugar Shake looks to regain the form she had earlier this year when she won the Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) in the Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Nov. 4.
Royal Highness is headed to the breeding shed in Europe, but she has some business to attend to first: The Nov. 3 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct.
Jockey Cornelio Velasquez won five races on the nine-race card at Aqueduct Nov. 1.
The New York Racing Association can add the Internal Revenue Service to its list of obstacles, as the federal agency wants NYRA to pay it $1.6 billion to settle past tax bills.
The New York Racing Association has invited representatives of racetracks in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to a meeting Oct. 31 to discuss topics of mutual interest.
Chatain, whose foot problems are behind him, seeks his second stakes win of his career in the Sport Page Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Oct. 27. The $150,000 Sport Page drew a field of five.
A commitment to customer comfort and an increase in purses will greet fans when Aqueduct Racetrack opens the doors on its 45-day Fall Meet Oct. 24.
Woodbine Entertainment has dropped out of Empire Racing Associates, a week after the group bidding on the New York Racing Association's franchise lost several of its other major partners.
Seven entities have expressed interest in running a future video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct, including several Indian-owned gambling companies, the Spitzer administration said Oct. 15.
The New York Racing Association will again raises purses, this time for the 45-day Aqueduct fall meet that begins Oct. 24 and runs through Dec. 30. Projected purses will be the highest in recent memory for the fall meet.
After retiring from racing July 30 due to five fractured vertebrae sustained in a February spill at Aqueduct, Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos is exploring ways to share his expertise with racing fans and companies.
The 10-cent superfecta, a popular variation on an already popular wager, is coming to Belmont Park Sunday, September 30.
New York Racing Association racing secretary P.J. Campo says NYRA officials will meet with horsemen in the next "couple days" to discuss maintenance of track surfaces at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga after a series of catastrophic injuries.
The franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga will be front and center Sept. 12 during a meeting of the New York Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has formally recommended the New York Racing Association continue to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga racetracks while a separate operator for future casino developments at Aqueduct and possibly Belmont would be tapped down the road.
In an Aug. 25 news conference at Saratoga Race Course, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer said he may not meet the Sept. 4 deadline to make a recommendation as to which organization should receive the franchise to run racing at the Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks.
A senior advisor to New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer said the governor has not decided on any one plan for the state's Thoroughbred racing franchise, but acknowledged that a slew of ideas "from shutting down Aqueduct to splitting up the franchise" have been on the table.
A day after the head of the New York Racing Association expressed optimism about holding onto its Thoroughbred franchise, Gov. Eliot Spitzer praised the new leadership at NYRA for helping the group recover from its legal troubles.
New York state officials told three Thoroughbred franchise bidding groups they want to let the New York Racing Association continue running the state's major racetracks and begin a new bidding process for rights to operate casinos at Aqueduct and Belmont Park.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is considering a new Thoroughbred racing franchise model in which separate entities would run the racing and gambling side of business at racetracks.
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