Keyword: Gary Contessa

  • Wishful Tomcat takes the Discovery Handicap under Ramon Dominguez.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6820818%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Wishful Tomcat Wire-To-Wire in Discovery

    Ramon Dominguez hustled Wishful Tomcat to the early lead in the Discovery Handicap and they never looked back, the duo leading every step of the way in posting a 1 3/4-length victory on Aqueduct's main track.

  • Tampa Bay Derby winner Big Truck is one of only two graded stakes winners in the Discovery Handicap.

    Wishful Tomcat Appetizing in Discovery

    Winter Park Partners' Wishful Tomcat, a late-blooming 3-year-old with four wins in his last five starts, tries to notch his first graded stakes score when he takes on seven rivals in the $100,000-added Discovery Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 22 at Aqueduct.

  • Gary Contessa, leading trainer in New York, is accepting of the new toe grab rule issued by NYRA.

    NY Trainers Weigh in on Toe Grabs

    Some leading New York trainers said a ban on toe grabs will help level the playing field, but they're not all convinced the shoes are responsible for catastrophic breakdowns.

  • Gary Contessa

    Contessa New Exceller Fund President

    New York-based trainer Gary Contessa has been named president of the Exceller Fund, a non-profit organization that transitions former racehorses into new careers.

  • Ginger Punch easily won the June 14 Ogden Phipps (gr. I) at Belmont. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4832731%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Go For Wand: Ginger Punch Heavy Favorite

    Last year, Stronach Stables' Ginger Punch romped to a six-length victory in the Go For Wand (gr. I) en route to her Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) win and being named champion older female. The scary part for her competition is that trainer Bobby Frankel says the daughter of Awesome Again is vastly improved as a 5-year-old.

  • Golden Dawn won the Barbara Fritchie in February at Laurel Park.

    Proven Fillies Clash in Bed o' Roses

    A small but accomplished group of 4-year-old fillies will clash in the $150,000 Bed o' Roses Handicap (gr. II) April 19 on the dirt at Aqueduct, including three entering off of graded stakes victories. The seven-furlong Bed o' Roses drew a field of six.

  • Ramon Dominguez set an Aqueduct inner-track record during the winter meet, riding 113 winners.

    Dominguez, Contessa Rule Winter Meet

    Jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer Gary Contessa won their respective titles and set records when Aqueduct concluded its 2007-08 inner-track meet March 30. Racing switches to the main track April 2.

  • Interborough Handicap winner Control System is the probable favorite in the Distaff Handicap.

    Distaff May Belong to Control System

    Maryland-based trainer Michael Trombetta will start a pair of 4-year-old fillies in the $150,000 Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) March 22 at Aqueduct, including probable favorite Control System, the only graded stakes winner in the field of six.

  • Carolyn's Cat and Alan Garcia cruise to victory in the Cicada Stakes.

    Cicada: Carolyn's Cat Goes Gate-To-Wire

    Carolyn's Cat won the expected early speed duel from Dill Or No Dill and then never looked back, going wire-to-wire for a 3 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Cicada Stakes (gr. III) March 15 on the inner dirt course at Aqueduct.

  • Successful Affair will attempt to defend his Gallant Fox title at Aqueduct.

    Successful Affair Looks For Repeat

    Winning Move Stable's Successful Affair will attempt to defend his title in the $75,000 Gallant Fox Handicap, the 5-year-old gelding will take on five challengers Dec. 29 at Aqueduct.

  • Contessa Accepts 15-Day Suspension in N.Y.

    Trainer Gary Contessa, the leading trainer at the current Belmont fall meet, was suspended 15 days and fined $2,000 for a medication positive by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board Oct. 20.

  • Track Injuries Spur Meeting Between NYRA, Horsemen

    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.

  • Woodlander, with Alan Garcia up, captures the Fort Marcy Stakes, Sunday at Aqueduct.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1091878%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Woodlander Keeps Owners On Top in Fort Marcy

    Woodlander put the final touch on a successful Aqueduct season for leading owner Winning Move Stable Sunday when the 5-year-old edged Golden Commander by a neck in capturing the $114,100 Fort Marcy Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the grass at 1 1/16 miles.

  • New York Trainers 'Pony-Up' for TRF

    New York- based trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, Gary Contessa and John Kimmel are the latest horsemen to sign up for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Pony-Up Program, a new TRF fundraising initiative designed to spread the financial responsibilities of caring for retired racehorses across the training community, while taxing horsemen only when they have reaped the benefits of a win.

  • Accountforthegold wins the Stuyvesant Handicap, Saturday at Aqueduct.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D659267%26%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Accountforthegold Rushes to Stuyvesant Win

    Front-running Accountforthegold peeled away from the field at the head of the stretch en route to his first open and graded stakes victory in the $110,100 Stuyvesant Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Saturday.

  • Magnolia Jackson (3) wins the Bed O' Roses Stakes, Saturday at Aqueduct.

    Magnolia Jackson Delivers in Bed o' Roses

    The champion filly Smuggler made no impact in her first start in nine months when Magnolia Jackson dug in to defeat Grecian Lover by a neck in the $155,400 Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct Saturday.

  • Red-Hot No Sleep Faces Four in Next Move

    No Sleep, a winner of three straight races on the Aqueduct inner dirt course this winter, is part of a small field of five entered for Sunday's Next Move Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.

  • Contessa's Sleeping Returns in Valley Stream

    Trainer Gary Contessa sends out Sleeping in Sunday's $100,000-added Valley Stream at Aqueduct expecting his 2-year-old filly to bounce back from her last-place finish in Belmont Park's Astarita (gr. III) last month.

  • Lost in the Fog Gets Comfortable at Spa

    Harry J. Aleo's undefeated sprinting sensation Lost in the Fog had settled into trainer Gary Contessa's Saratoga stable Wednesday as he prepares for the $250,000 King's Bishop (gr. I) on Travers Day Aug. 27.

  • NYRA Makes Security Barn Adjustments

    The New York Racing Association is "100 percent committed" to race day security barns, but has taken immediate action to address concerns expressed by horsemen at Saratoga Race Course, NYRA president Charles E. Hayward said July 29.

  • Bright Mahogany Intriguing in Comely

    Bright Mahogany, a winner of three of her five races in Puerto Rico including a pair of group I races, adds an intriguing element to Saturday's $150,000 Comely (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.

  • Milkshake Testing Gets Underway in New York

    Testing for the practice known as milkshaking begins in New York today (Feb. 16). The testing, which has come together quickly, has been lauded throughout the backside, but at least one trainer thinks the New York Racing Association should not have made the information public.

  • Cruise Along Traveling at Warp Speed Toward Affectionately

    Until recently, Cruise Along had done most of her running and all of her winning on the turf. But a huge recent effort has earned her trip a to New York to try for a graded stakes win in Saturday's $100,000 Affectionately Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct where she will be tested by a tough group of fillies and mares.

  • Grey Comet, Hanselina Win NY Stallion Stakes

    Star Track Farms' colt Grey Comet and Peter E. Mariano's filly Hanselina each won a division of Sunday's $150,000 New York Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct Park.

  • Unswept Could Clean Up in 'Cappy'

    Trainer Gary Contessa, a 30-year racetrack veteran, has had high hopes for Unswept, who begins his 3-year-old season in Monday's $75,000 Fred "Cappy" Capossela at Aqueduct.

  • Game Grey Comet Prevails in Muddy Count Fleet

    New York-bred Grey Comet remained perfect in his young four-race career when he held off the persistent challenge of Mustang Jock to win the $81,350 Count Fleet Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct.

  • Grey Comet Rambles in Runyon Stakes

    Grey Comet and jockey Aaron Gryder took the lead at the top of the stretch and pulled away from the field to keep his career record perfect in the 24th running of the $82,575 Damon Runyon Stakes at Aqueduct on Sunday.

  • Contessa Duo Tops Damon Runyon Cast

    Star Track Farm's Grey Comet and David Cassidy's Unswept are the colts to beat in Sunday's $75,000 Damon Runyon for New York-bred juveniles going 1/16 mile at Aqueduct.