Trainer Mike Hushion, a respected mainstay on the New York Racing Association circuit, will bring the curtain down on nearly five decades of horse racing with his final two entries, Jupiter Rising and Voodoo Song, at Belmont Park July 16.
A year after he was diagnosed with acute promyeloctic leukemia, Mike Hushion is back where he belongs -- training horses like grade I winner Princess Violet, who runs in the Feb. 13 Barabara Fritchie (gr. II).
The $100,000 Garland of Roses Stakes is a modest event on the Aqueduct Racetrack schedule, but this year two graded winners look to return to winning ways in the six-furlong test.
"She took off so hard, it made the saddle slip up on her withers. So he couldn't do much riding, but that was OK."
After Artemis Agrotera breezed a sharp five furlongs in :59.11 from the gate at Belmont Park, trainer Mike Hushion said it's possible the filly would make her first start in a year in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
Barry Schwartz's homebred Princess Violet held off a late run from Stopchargingmaria to win the $350,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) April 4 at Keeneland.
Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens remained in the intensive care unit March 3 at Aventura Hospital in South Florida, fighting a severe infection that set in last week.
Final Chapter, a 3-year-old homebred for 102-year-old John Nerud, has emerged as a potential stakes horse after beating winners for the first time Feb. 26, winning by six widening lengths in a razor-sharp 1:11.
John Nerud, who turns 102 on Feb. 9, sends out homebred to break maiden at Big A
A New York Racing Association policy that prohibits a horse from racing within 14 days of its previous start has its detractors and supporters.
Favorite Captain Serious held off several late challengers to win the $100,000 Hollie Hughes Stakes for New York-breds Jan. 18 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Filly named for trainer's granddaughter looks for graded breakthrough Nov. 28 at Aqueduct.
Named after Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, Captain Serious looks to stuff his competition in the $300,000 Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 27 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Jacaranda made all the pace and comfortably won the $250,000 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies Nov. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Effinex pulled the upset Oct. 18 in the $300,000 Empire Classic, reeling in pacesetter So Lonesome to score at odds of 17-1 on Empire Showcase Day, the card for New York-breds at Belmont Park.
Needing the entire length of Belmont Park's sandy stretch, heavily favored Artemis Agrotera got up to nail La Verdad on the wire to take the Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) by a head.
Chester and Mary Broman's Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) winner Artemis Agrotera will face five rivals as she looks to continue her winning ways in the $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) Sept. 20 at Belmont Park.
Artemis Agrotera polished off pacesetter La Verdad midstretch and sprinted clear to an overpowering victory in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 23 at Saratoga Race Course.
My Wandy's Girl missed taking last year's edition of the Barbara Fritchie (gr. II) by three-quarters of a length at Laurel Park, but this season she would not be denied.
Repole Stable's hard-knocking Caixa Eletronica lines up with seven others at Aqueduct Racetrack for a title defense in the $300,000 Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) on Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day.
Juvenile filly Artemis Agrotera had long travel day Oct. 29, but with the rail, will have short run to the lead in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Chester and Mary Broman's Artemis Agrotera worked a half in a bullet :46.77 at Belmont Park Oct. 18. The Frizette Stakes (gr. I) winner is being prepared for a run at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Undefeated Cluster of Stars puts her six-race win streak on the line as a formidable 2-5 favorite in the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares Oct. 19 at Belmont Park.
Amberjack will attempt to complete a rare sweep of the Big Apple Triple and earn a $250,000 bonus when he competes in the $150,000 Albany Stakes Aug. 21 at Saratoga Race Course.
Defending champion Saginaw squares off against the up-and-coming Saratoga Snacks Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course in a contentious renewal of the $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes for New York-breds, 3 years old and up.
The 3-year-old son of Indygo Shiner skipped away in the slop at Finger Lakes July 20 to take home the second leg of the Big Apple Triple for John Fort's Peachtree Stable and trainer Mike Hushion.
Mike Lee Stakes winner Amberjack looks to take the next leg of the Big Apple Triple in the $150,000 New York Derby July 20 at Finger Lakes, the $250,000 bonus for the three-race series still within his reach.
The Lumber Guy, a finalist for the 2012 Eclipse Award for male sprinter, was named New York horse of the year, champion 3-year-old male, and champion male sprinter during the NYTB awards banquet April 15.
Nicole H pulled clear through the stretch to become the first mare to win three consecutive editions of the $75,000 Interborough at Aqueduct Jan. 1. On the undercard, Arena Elvira won the $75,000 Ladies' Handicap.
At age 6, Nicole H will try to become the first mare to post three consecutive victories in the $75,000 Interborough Handicap. She faces seven others in the six-furlong event at Aqueduct Racetrack on New Year's Day.
Retired jockey Richard Migliore will host the New York Racing Association's eighth "New Owners Luncheon" at Aqueduct Racetrack Dec. 16.
Nine days after My Wandy's Girl won the Pentelis Stakes in her introduction to racing in the continental 48 states, her connections will wheel her back for a stiffer test -- the $350,000 Gazelle Stakes.
During three seasons of racing, Rodman won two stakes races including the Queen's County Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
Trainer Mike Hushion says Vosburgh Invitational (gr. I) winner The Lumber Guy is headed for the Breeders' Cup Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park, but he and owner Barry Schwartz aren't sure which race.
Barry Schwartz's homebred The Lumber Guy rallies from just off the pace to win the six-furlong Vosburgh Invitational Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 29 at Belmont in his first start since mid-May.
Louisiana Derby (gr. II) runner-up Mark Valeski arrived at Belmont Park from Kentucky May 6 in advance of his scheduled start in the upcoming $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II).
Undefeated The Lumber Guy, recently outfitted with a patch for a quarter crack, zipped five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 March 25 over the training track at Belmont Park in preparation for the Wood Memorial (gr. I).
Alex Lieblong's Duke of Mischief topped the list of horses working at Saratoga on the morning of July 31 for the $750,000 Whitney Invitational (gr. I), turning in a bullet half-mile breeze over the main track in :46.88.
After establishing a course record at Belmont Park three weeks ago, Gantry will face stakes competition for the first time when he competes in the $100,000 Jaipur (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park July 16.
GEM Inc.'s J P's Gusto, who hadn't won a race since the grade I Del Mar Futurity last September, signaled his fondness for sprinting with a blowout victory in the $400,000 Red Legend Stakes at Charles Town June 18.
The off-the-pace running style of Barry K. Schwartz's Nothing But Fun should suit her well when she faces five speedier sorts in Sunday's $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares going 6 1/2 furlongs at Belmont Park.
Mike Hushion got his 1,000th training victory Wednesday when River City Rebel rallied to win the $47,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct.
Barry K. Schwartz' front-running Great Intentions, supplemented to Saturday's $70,590 Affectionately Handicap for a cost of $650, put away Bobcat Greeley on the turn and then held off Homerette and Victory Pool for a neck victory in the 1 1/16-mile event for fillies and mares on Aqueduct's inner dirt track.
Barry K. Schwartz's Great Intentions skewered Win McCool in a speed duel, then kicked on for four-length victory in the $150,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares over 6 1/2 furlongs at Belmont Park Sunday.
A relaxed Great Intentions settled just behind a speed duel and rallied for a three-length victory in the $150,000 First Flight Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at seven furlongs at Belmont Park Sunday.
Trainer Scott Lake's lofty plans for Don Six took a temporary detour Saturday afternoon as the 3-5 favorite burned himself out in the lane, allowing Uncle Camie to storm by for a 2 ¾-length victory $106,600 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs.
Jockey Pablo Fragoso sustained a broken collarbone Wednesday after being dumped over the rail by Lone Tree at the start of Aqueduct's third race, and is expected to miss at least six weeks.
Lorraine and Rod Rodriguez's Bossanova, winner of the Fall Weight Handicap (gr. III) in November, was euthanized Sunday after fracturing both sesamoid bones of his right foreleg during the stretch run of the $81,675 Hollie Hughes Handicap at Aqueduct.
Papua passed Conman Cunningham and Impeachthepro in the stretch to win the $80,725 Hollie Hughes Stakes on a soggy Sunday at drenched Aqueduct.
Golden Tent made his 118th -- and final -- start at Philadelphia Park in the fourth race Monday, and now heads into retirement at the Manorville, N.Y. farm of the New York Horse Rescue, having earned better than $730,000.
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