Horse Racing

November 19, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. — Racing dates for 2019 are on the agenda for the Nov. 21 meeting of the New Jersey Racing Commission. On Oct. 11 The Meadowlands announced it would only apply for 68 live racing dates, down from this year’s 90 racing days. However, at the request of the New Jersey Racing ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 www.foalpatrol.com. Hot City Girl, bred in New York by Eklekitkos ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A growing list of prominent owners and trainers are stepping up to support racehorse aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge. Now in its ninth year, the Pledge has raised over $480,000, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program’s ...

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The annual Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Oct. 30 attracted two gray horses, a white horse, and two roans for its 2018 edition. Getting his picture taken after the race was the sophomore roan colt Marc Mellow Man, who shaved more than six ...

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. — The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today that it will partner with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Aqueduct Racetrack.  "NYRA is proud to once again support the American Red Cross by hosting this ...

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OCEANPORT, N.J & ELMONT, N.Y. — Several Breeders’ Cup contenders finished final preparations in New York and New Jersey before heading south. The Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. Breeders' Cup Juvenile contender Mind Control, with ...

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Breeders Crown night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Oct. 27 featured championship races in 12 divisions for trotters and pacers of all ages. Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all time did not race, but led the post parade before the seventh race. The pacer, who ...

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ELMONT, N.Y. — Hall of Fame rider Javier Castellano rode back-to-back winners on the Empire Showcase Day card on Oct. 20 at Belmont Park to notch his 5,000th North American victory. The 41-year-old native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, a four-time Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Jockey and ...

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Mike Simons, a regular driver at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes Barre, Pa. scored his 4000th career win — but at Pompano Park in Florida on Oct. 22. Simons earned his milestone victory with Blueberry Heaven, a 4-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven in the second race, ...

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 35th Breeders’ Cup is being staged at Churchill Downs on Friday Nov. 2 and Saturday Nov. 3. There is $28 million of prize money up for grabs over the 14 Breeders’ Cup races at the home of the Kentucky Derby. You can wager on the Breeders’ Cup online with TVG and they will ...

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WILKES-BARRE Pa. — The fields for the Breeders Crown are set after eliminations were held on Oct. 19 and 20. Before the Breeders Crown eliminations at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono started, Ontario driver Bob McClure had never participated in the prestigious championship series. Now he’s ...

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FAR HILLS, N.J. — Irish eyes were smiling brightly at the 98th running of the Far Hills Races on Oct. 20. Irish-bred horses won four of seven races, and those which were not born in the Emerald Isle were trained or ridden by people with Irish backgrounds. To kick things off, British-bred ...

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ELMONT, N.Y. — Longtime New York Racing Association (NYRA) horseman and former president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) Richard Violette, Jr. died on Oct. 21, 2018 in Florida following a lengthy illness. He was 65. Violette was born January 30, 1953 in Worchester, ...

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FAR HILLS, N.J. — When Caldbeck, won the Far Hills Races’ $50,000 Gladstone Stakes for three-year-old he made history. It was not because he won by 11 1/2-length victory but because he was the first time spectators could cash wining pari-mutuel tickets on any race. Caldbeck paid his backers ...

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ELMONT, N.Y. — Multiple Grade 1 winner Diversify has been officially removed from consideration for the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic, said co-owner Ralph Evans on Friday morning. The 5-year-old Bellamy Road gelding earned an all-fees-paid berth into the Classic by virtue of his 3 ½-length ...

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A bill that would provide $20 million to boost purses sits in committee EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Meadowlands announced it would apply for 68 live racing dates for the 2019 and the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association is not happy about it. The track must submit its date requests ...

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WASHINGTON, Pa. — Legendary Ron entered the PA Fairs Championship off three straight victories. Moreover, he was teamed for the first time with another legendary Ron — trainer Ron Burke. That combination proved unbeatable, as Legendary Ron drew off late to capture the $25,000 final for 3-year-old ...

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LEXINGTON, Ky.— Six Pack, A New York-sired horse trained in New Jersey set a world record for 3-year-old trotting colts with a 1:49.1 performance as he swept the 126th Kentucky Futurity, sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc. and Menhammer Stuteri Ab, on Oct. 7 at Red Mile. The record ...

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ELMONT, N.Y. — Jockey Manny Franco piloted his 1,000th career winner in Race 8 on Oct. 5 at Belmont Park, riding New York-bred Courageous Bet ($14.60) to a 1 ¼-length victory in a six-furlong starter allowance on the inner turf for trainer Gary Contessa. It was Franco's second win on the ...

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FAR HILLS, N.J. — For the first time in its nearly century-long history, the Far Hills Race Meeting will offer pari-mutuel wagering on all of its races on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. With the introduction of wagering, Far Hills Race Meeting delivers on a long-held promise, pairing betting with its ...

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WASHINGTON, Pa. — Dan Rawlings enjoyed the most productive day of his career on Sept. 29 at The Meadows, winning seven of the day’s 13 races, including a Keystone Classic division with Scuola Hanover. E Dee’s Well Said took the other split of that $61,500 stake for 3-year-old filly ...

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