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Racing Roundup: Village King Rules Red Smith By A Nose; Hernandez Gets First Win

November 17, 2018

OZONE PARK, N.Y. — Village King, expertly handled by Javier Castellano, nosed out Soglio in a dramatic photo finish to capture the off-the-turf Grade 3 Red Smith on Nov. 17 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Trained by Todd Pletcher for Angels of Catalina Inc., Village King and Soglio tracked pacesetters Exulting and Control Group through a quarter-mile in 25.20 seconds and the half in 50.49 in the ...

Jets Player, Quincy Enunwa To Host Toy Drive At The Meadowlands on Dec. 3

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — NY Jets wide receiver, Quincy Enunwa will host a U.S. Marine Toys For Tots Holiday Toy Drive on Monday, Dec. 3 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. 

Enunwa will meet and greet guests who bring a new unwrapped toy to donate. FOX5 Sportscaster Tina Cervasio will emcee and race horse owner Larry Roman will sponsor toys. 

Toys for Tots and Quincy ...

Mares Join Roster For National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol Season 2

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Hot City Girl, Comme Chez Soi and Love and Pride have joined the roster of mares featured in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol Season 2, which will debut online in December at

Hot City Girl, bred in New York by Eklekitkos Stable LLC, Hot City Girl is a chestnut daughter of City Zip out of the Hook and Ladder ...

Foiled Again, The Richest Standardbred Of All Time, To Appear At The Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Racing fans will be able to come out and visit with the richest Standardbred of all time, the great Foiled Again, on Saturday, Nov. 24.

The veteran superstar will be posing for selfies in the Backyard during live racing and there will also be a special commemorative Foiled Again poster giveaway to all guests, which is available at the Players Club Desk beginning ...

Jockey Luis Saez notches 2,000th victory in North America

OZONE PARK, N.Y. — Jockey Luis Saez reached a milestone on Nov. 9 at Aqueduct Racetrack, notching his 2,000th win in North America when he rode Y'allcomenow to victory in Race 4, a maiden race at one mile on the inner turf.

The 26-year-old native of Panama City, Panama earned his first career win in 2009 and has won at least 100 races in every campaign since, including six years of ...

Lady Eli Sells For $4.2 Million, La Verdad's Filly For $800,000 At Keenland

LEXINGTON, Ky. —  Champion and five-time Grade 1 winner Lady Eli, in foal to leading sire War Front, sold for $4.2 million at Keeneland’s 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale on Nov. 6.

John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale both consigned and purchased Lady Eli, a 6-year-old daughter of Divine Park regarded as one of the all-time leading turf distaffers in North America.

Longtime Monmouth Park Trainer, J. Willard Thompson Passes Away

OCEANPORT, N.J. — Trainer J. Willard Thompson, a Monmouth Park mainstay for more than 50 years, passed away Saturday night after a lengthy illness. He was 83.

Born in Atlanta, Ga. in 1935 Thompson got his start in racing as a steeplechase rider before switching to training in the early 1960s. He dominated the New Jersey racing scene in the 1970s winning three consecutive training ...

Fillies Dead-Heat in Kindergarten Finals At The Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It was a case of too close to call in the Kindergarten Classic for filly pacers on a card that featured four Kindergarten finals for 2-year-olds at the Meadowlands on Nov. 3.

Odds On St Lucie and Michelon’s Filly finished in a dead heat in the $148,700 event in a mile that went in 1:52. Alkippe was a head back in third.

Brett Miller sent 6-1 shot Odds On ...

New York-based Jockeys Shine Again On Breeders' Cup Saturday

Irad Ortiz, Jr. Wins Shoemaker Award

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jockey Joel Rosario guided Accelerate to victory in the $6 million Classic to lead the way as New York-based stars factored in five of the day's nine events on Breeders' Cup Saturday from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Collected, who went off as the 5-2 mutuel favorite, sat in sixth position off a rapid pace set ...

New York Connections Connect on Breeders' Cup Future Stars Friday

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — New York-based connections celebrated in four of Future Stars Friday's five races led by jockey Joel Rosario who scored wins in the Tito's Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies and featured Sentient Jet Juvenile on opening day of the Breeders' Cup from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

The veteran Rosario increased his Breeders' Cup tally to eight after ...


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