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  • 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.

  • NYRA Net Operating Loss at $34 Million

    The New York Racing Association reported total net operating losses of $34.28 million in 2007. That figure is nearly double from 2006, when total net losses reached $17.83 million.

  • Sciacca Returns After 120-Day Suspension

    Gary Sciacca was permitted to begin training horses in New York March 18 after serving a 120-day suspension under the trainer-responsibility rule.

  • Surgical Procedure for Saratoga Russell

    Saratoga Russell, who finished eighth as the 8-5 favorite in the March 8 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) Aqueduct, will undergo a myectomy March 13, according to trainer Rick Violette.

  • Eliot Spitzer resigned from his post as New York governor, effective March 17.

    Resignation's Impact on NYRA Unclear

    With the March 12 announcement of the resignation of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer effective March 17, officials at the New York Racing Association said they don't anticipate his resignation would affect recent legislation that grants NYRA a new franchise. It could, however, impact other aspects of the franchise moving forward.

  • Visionaire will run next in the Gotham Stakes.

    Visionaire Headed for Gotham Stakes

    Visionaire, third to Pyro in the Risen Star Stakes (gr.III) at the Fair Grounds Feb. 9, will run next in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct March 8, majority owner Barry Irwin said Feb. 28.

  • Better Talk Now will head to Dubai for the Sheema Classic (UAE-IT) March 29.

    Better Talk Now Headed to Dubai

    Trainer Graham Motion said Feb. 20 that multiple grade I winner Better Talk Now will fly to Dubai from Florida March 18 to run in the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-IT) at Nad Al Sheba racecourse on the World Cup undercard March 29.

  • Spotsgone steals away with the Essex.

    Spotsgone Gets it Done in Essex

    With the focus of many racing fans on Fair Grounds and the 3-year-old efforts of Derby hopefuls, 5-year-old Spotsgone quietly stole the $150,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park.

  • NYRA Deal Said to Be Within Reach

    A tentative deal is within reach to give the New York Racing Association a 25-year franchise to run Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga, legislative sources said Feb. 6, the same day NYRA indicated live racing at Aqueduct could end Feb. 14.

  • NYRA Working on 'Contingency Plan'

    The New York Racing Association is working on putting a "contingency plan" in place should Aqueduct be forced to close Feb. 14, NYRA's president and chief executive Charles Hayward said Feb. 5.

  • Will NYRA Take Temporary Extension?

    With another deadline looming that could shut down racing at Aqueduct Feb. 14, rumors are circulating among horsemen that the New York Racing Association might not be willing to accept another temporary extension to keep racing going.

  • Go Go Shoot gets first stakes win in Aqueduct's Jimmy Winkfield.

    Go Go Shoot Bags Winkfield Stakes

    Go Go Shoot misbehaved in the starting gate but was all business when the gates opened and cruised home a 3 1/2-length winner of the $81,725 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes on a frigid afternoon at Aqueduct Jan. 21.

  • Angliana held off a late surge from 10-year-old Evening Attire to win the Aqueduct Handicap.<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%3D3338501%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Angliana Tops 'Attire in Aqueduct

    Angliana held off a late surge from 10-year-old Evening Attire to win the $81,600 Aqueduct Handicap by one length on Jan. 19.

  • First Stakes Try for Law N Dora

    Law N Dora puts his undefeated record on the line in his stakes debut, the $75,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes at Aqueduct Jan. 21.

  • New York Alters Whip Violation Rule

    A rule that would permit stewards to disqualify a horse should his rider carelessly strike another horse or rider with his whip was recently adopted by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

  • Evening Attire makes his 64th career start in the $75,000 Aqueduct Handicap Jan. 19.<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%3D2985862%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Evening Attire Ready for Aqueduct

    Still going strong at age 10 and one of the most popular horses on the New York circuit, Evening Attire makes his 64th career start in the $75,000 Aqueduct Handicap Jan. 19.

  • Ruling Says Horse Wasn't Eligible

    Bonus Size, a New York-bred owned by Ernie Paragallo's Paraneck Stable, was found not to be eligible to run in several races in which he earned purse money and was disqualified and unplaced in the order of finish of those races.

  • Todd Pletcher has a triple threat in the Busanda.

    Pletcher Has Half of Busanda Field

    The odds are stacked in trainer Todd Pletcher's favor to come away with a win in the $75,000 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct Jan. 13.

  • New York THA Wants Issues Addressed

    The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association released a statement Jan. 10 urging the state to address issues of importance to the 6,000 members of its group as negotiations continue on the long-term extension of the New York Racing Association franchise.

  • Victory Pool Exits in Big A Stakes

    Victory Pool, third in last year's Affectionately Handicap, gives the $75,000 stakes for fillies and mares another whirl in her final career start at Aqueduct Jan. 12.

  • HRTV Application Still Undecided

    As of Jan. 9, HRTV was still not permitted to show races from Aqueduct. The New York State Racing and Wagering Board continues to assess HRTV's application to show video from Aqueduct.

  • Giant Moon

    Giant Moon Has His Trainer Hoping

    Trainer Richard Schosberg's Derby dreams didn't come to fruition with Maria's Mon, the champion 2-year-old male of 1995, after an injury kept the colt on the sidelines for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Thirteen years later, however, Schosberg can start dreaming again with the undefeated Giant Moon.

  • Dill Or No Dill dominates Aqueduct's Ruthless Stakes.

    Dill Or No Dill Dominates Ruthless

    Dill Or No Dill left no doubts as to who was best in the $81,475 Ruthless Stakes by winning the six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies by 5 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct Jan. 6.

  • Trainer Jennifer Leigh-Pedersen

    Trainer Pedersen Begins 60-Day Ban

    Trainer Jennifer Leigh-Pedersen was suspended 60 days by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board from an incident in March 2005, when state investigators found injectable bottles in the office of her Aqueduct barn.

  • Undefeated Giant Moon takes the Count Fleet for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct Jan. 5.

    Giant Moon Remains in Perfect Orbit

    Giant Moon kept his undefeated record intact by winning the $81,525 Count Fleet Stakes by a neck over Spanky Fischbein at Aqueduct Jan. 5.

  • Giant Moon Shines in Count Fleet

    Giant Moon kept his undefeated record intact by winning the $81,525 Count Fleet Stakes by a neck over Spanky Fischbein at Aqueduct Jan. 5.

  • The undefeated Giant Moon will try to keep his winning streak alive in the $75,000 Count Fleet at Aqueduct Jan. 5.<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%3D2993871%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Giant Moon Shines Over Count Fleet

    The undefeated Giant Moon will try to keep his winning streak alive when he makes his open stakes debut in the $75,000 Count Fleet at Aqueduct Jan. 5.

  • Santos' Daughter Indicted

    Sophia Santos, the daughter of Hall of Fame rider Jose Santos, was indicted Dec. 17 by a Nassau County grand jury on 13 counts stemming from a deadly accident she was involved in while allegedly driving while intoxicated.

  • Gold and Roses faces just four foes in Sunday's Gravesend Handicap (gr. III).

    Gold and Roses Likes Inner Track

    Veteran Gold and Roses has a good chance of extinguishing younger rival Ferocious Fires' quest to remain undefeated in the $100,000 Gravesend Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Dec. 16.

  • Grand Minstrel Dominant in Capote

    Grand Minstrel turned in a powerful performance to win the $76,750 Capote Stakes for 2-year-olds by five lengths at Aqueduct Dec. 12.

  • Six Tackle Queens County 'Cap

    Marital Asset is a newcomer to the stakes scene, but the A.P. Indy colt is coming off a pair of handy allowance wins and that could make him a player in the $100,000 Queens County Handicap (gr.III) at Aqueduct Dec. 8.

  • Oprah Winney looks to rebound from her disappointing race in the Breeders' Cup.

    Oprah Winney Wants Garland of Roses

    Oprah Winney exits an effort that disappointed her connections in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, but the competition will be softer for their filly in the $75,000 Garland of Roses Handicap at Aqueduct on Dec. 1.

  • Apprentice Cedeno Tries Aqueduct

    Apprentice Carol Cedeno has already made her presence known this year at Philadelphia Park and the Meadowlands. The 19-year-old is now tackling Aqueduct, and got off to a quick start opening day of the inner track meet by winning two races on Nov. 28.

  • Daaher upsets heavily favored Midnight Lute in the Nov. 24 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile.<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%3D2859628%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Daaher Beats 'Lute' in Cigar Mile

    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.

  • Mushka scores an impressive victory in the grade II Demoiselle Stakes on Nov. 24.<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%3D2859642%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Patience Pays Off for Mushka

    Mushka's future looks bright after she came from last to first to win Aqueduct's $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) by 4 1/2 lengths Nov. 24.

  • Mini Sermon prevailed by a nose in the Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 23.<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%3D2853236%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Mini Sermon Delivers in Top Flight

    A head bob determined the winner of the $150,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr.II) at Aqueduct on Nov. 23 when Mini Sermon prevailed by a nose over pacesetter Lady Marlboro in the one-mile race for fillies and mares.

  • Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Midnight Lute headlines the Cigar Mile.

    'Lute's Ready to Roll in Cigar Mile

    When you have a horse at the top of his game, seize the moment and have some fun, says trainer Bob Baffert. With an Eclipse Award as top sprinter all but a certainty, Midnight Lute looks to add to his laurels in the $300,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile (gr.I) at Aqueduct Nov. 24.

  • Pool Land seeks her third graded win in the Top Flight Handicap.

    Consistent Pool Land in Top Flight

    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.

  • Santos' Daughter Remains in Jail

    Sophia Santos, daughter of Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos, remained in a Nassau County, N.Y., jail Nov. 21, 10 days after being arrested for drunk driving, which resulted in the death of a Long Island, N.Y., woman.

  • Sport Page Handicap winner Tasteyville will miss the Cigar Mile.

    Tasteyville Will Miss Cigar Mile

    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.

  • Sciacca Gets 120-Day Suspension

    New York-based trainer Gary Sciacca was suspended 120 days by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, effective Nov. 19, for his connection to the administration of a prohibited substance on race day to one of his horses in 2003.

  • Bishop Court Hill makes his first start for trainer Tom Albertrani in the Fall Highweight.

    Fall Highweight 'Cap Attracts Seven

    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.

  • Hunting ran down favorite Utopia to take the Stuyvesant Handicap.<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%3D2809477%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Hunting Bags Stuyvestant

    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.

  • Rojas Hospitalized After Spill

    Jockey Raul Rojas was sent to North Shore University Hospital Nov. 17 after his mount, Bully for Us, unseated the rider in Aqueduct's sixth race, a maiden event for New York-bred 2-year-olds.

  • Fawkes Hopeful for New York String

    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.

  • The venerable Evening Attire won the Stuyvesant in 2005.

    Barcola Heads Stuyvesant 'Cap

    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).