Thoroughbred racing action moves to Aqueduct Racetrack Oct. 29, when the opening weekend will feature the simulcast of the Breeders' Cup World Championships from Santa Anita Park as well as a trio of live graded stakes.
With a different home, a new spot on the calendar, and as preps for an inaugural Breeders' Cup race, the $150,000 Nashua (gr. II) and $100,000 Tempted (gr. III) stakes have taken on a whole different look.
To Honor and Serve wasn't as dominant as he was in his stakes debut, but the talented juvenile was still much the best in the $200,000 Remsen (gr. II) and will now move on to Florida for the start of his 3-year-old season.
Buddy's Saint, who was a leading 2-year-old last year before being knocked off this year's Triple Crown trail with an injury, recorded his first series of breezes since returning to training in Florida.
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Bill Carl, who owned Old Colony Insurance in Lexington, died the afternoon of Jan. 12.
When Vinery Stables transferred a handful of horses in-training from Steve Asmussen into the barn of Larry Jones earlier this summer, graded stakes winner Kodiak Kowboy grabbed much of the attention as the highest profile colt changing hands. But when Jones received his new shipment of horses Kodiak Kowboy wasn't necessarily the one he was most excited about. It was 2-year-old colt Friesan Fire.
Clem Florio, a retired Maryland Turf writer and handicapper, died of pancreatic cancer May 25 in Hollywood, Fla.
After the way Etched ran away from the field in the $105,800 Nashua (gr. III) for 2-year-olds, it was easy to see why only four horses took on the promising Darley Stable homebred Oct. 28 at Aqueduct.
Impressive debut winner Day Pass makes his highly anticipated second start for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in the $100,000-added Nashua (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at one mile at Aqueduct Friday.
High winds again forced the cancellation of racing at Aqueduct on Sunday afternoon after the first race. The horses were in the paddock for the second race when the announcement was made.
WinStar Farm's Bluegrass Cat continued his education at Belmont Park on Friday afternoon, winning the $113,300 Nashua (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at a mile by 1 1/4 lengths over outsider Political Force.
Trainer H. Graham Motion hopes to get his Breeders' Cup weekend off to a strong start when he sends Donald Adams' Express News out to tackle a talented group of juveniles in the $100,000 Nashua (gr. III) at one mile at Belmont Park Friday.
The natural August target for an Eastern stable with a crack three-year-old is the Travers Stakes. As matters happened, it was announced by late July that Nashua's next race would instead be in one for which a growing swell of sentiment had long been fermenting. He was to meet Swaps in a match race.
This was a heavyweight bout, and when Tenney took off Swaps' robe, he revealed a colt in breathtaking shape. The "left coast" challengers knew full well the responsibility they had in carrying the dreams and wishes of California owners, breeders, and fans.
It's countdown to the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), and the big question is whether we will have a dual classic winner.
Will "Rocky" score another knockout? Will The Grocer breeze through the express lane again? Those questions should be answered in the Nov. 27 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct. The same day, at Churchill Downs, Iroquois (gr. III) winner Straight Line again will try to take the shortest way home in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II).
After his victory earlier aboard Summer Raven in the Tempted Stakes (gr. III), jockey Stewart Elliott completed a sweep of the Election Day features at Aqueduct when led Rockport Harbor to a win in the Nashua Stakes (gr. III).
Feb. 26, 1955
Nashua in Florida
With odds-on favorite Value Plus eliminated at the start, Klaravich Stables' front-running Read the Footnotes, ridden by Jerry Bailey, pulled away from Paddington in the stretch to win Sunday's $113,100 Nashua Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct.
Team Valor Stable's undefeated Added Edge notched his first victory outside of Canada Saturday at Aqueduct, taking the the $109,700 Nashua (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at a mile.
Without the presence of Sky Mesa or Whywhywhy, Einar Robsham's Pretty Wild figured to be tough in the Oct. 5 Champagne (gr. I). Pretty Wild, a son of longshot Alabama (gr. I) winner Pretty Discreet, went to the post the 6-5 favorite in the Champagne and ran awful, finishing a distant fourth.
Listen Here earned a half-length win over Monthir after dueling with that rival through the Belmont Park stretch in Friday's $109,300 Nashua Stakes (gr. III).
By Morton Cathro -- As Hollywood Park prepares to honor the greatest of all Cal-breds with the 28th running of the $500,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. I) on July 15, a fresh look at the controversial duel and its aftermath seems apropos.
Two Item Limit won the $109,200 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) and Ommadon captured the $113,200 Nashua Stakes (gr. III) in the co-features at Aqueduct on Sunday.
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