Tetrick Wins 10,000th Harness Race
Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick became the youngest driver to win 10,000 races on Nov. 3 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, in Chester, Pa.
Tetrick reached the milestone just a few weeks before his 36th birthday. Walter Case Jr. was 40 when he reached win number 10,000 in 2001.
Tetrick holds the record for most wins in a single year, — 1,189 set in 2007. He also set a single-season purse earnings record — $19,734,781 in 2008. And in the last 10 seasons he drove the winners of more than $15 million in purses seven times.
Aqueduct Cancels on Nov. 19
Racing at Aqueduct was canceled on Nov. 19 due to forecast high winds in the Ozone Park, N.Y. area.
Weather services were predicting sustained winds as high as 30 miles per hour with gusts approaching 50 mph.
One hour before the cancellation, New York Racing Association. management announced all races carded for the turf courses were being moved to the main track due to heavy overnight rains.
The $125,000 Thunder Rumble Stakes, one of the New York Stallion Series, has been recarded for Wednesday, Nov. 29.
Terry Cook takes first place in Aqueduct Challenge
OZONE PARK, N.Y. — Entering the Aqueduct Challenge Handicapping Tournament after winning both days of the Saratoga Challenge tournament this summer, Terrence "Terry" Cook was the prohibitive favorite to take first place honors again and did not disappoint, compiling a bankroll of $2,277 on Saturday to win his third the tournament on the NYRA circuit.
The Baltimore, Md., native, who routinely plays tournaments with partners Mark Komen, Mark Saperstein and Bob Schmidt, deployed the same strategy that has garnered wins in the last three NYRA live-money handicapping tournaments.
"We use the same strategy we use in every cash tournament," said Cook. "We try to hit one big bet."
Cook and his partners capitalized in Race 6 on Saturday's card at the Big A cashing in on a $20, 12-9 exacta box, with $55 winner Time on Target over post-time favorite Unleveraged.
"That race put us on top, returning $2,000, and we just shuffled our way from there watching everybody else to hang on," said Cook.
Winning $7,613 in total prize money, Cook elected to capture a seat to the National Handicapping Championships in February having won two seats to the Belmont Stakes Challenge via his wins in the Saratoga Challenge tournament.
Konrad Kleinbub finished second with a bankroll of $2,071, winning $3,698 and a seat at to the 2018 Belmont Stakes Challenge. Charles Welch took third-place with a bankroll of $1,951 and a total of $2,828 in prize money. Having already double qualified to the National Handicapping Championships, the remaining NHC seat went to Nicole Cox, who finished in fourth with $1,655 and $2,393 in prize money.
Amatuer Driver, Lappe Wins Third Straight Monticello Raceway
MONTICELLO, N.Y. — Monticello Raceway featured its normal Thursday mainstay on Nov.16, the Catskill Amateur Driving Event.
Changing her tactics and deviating from the norm this week rather than cut the mile, Jennifer Lappe was content to sit the pocket journey while Monica Banca aboard Fox Valley Leo cut the fractions. Monica Banca and Fox Valley Leo left the gate first from post 5 and had the lead in the first turn, Lightning Strike the 1-5 favorite and Lappe protected their position from the 2-hole and settled in the garden spot while Fox Valley Leo left splits of 28.2, 58.4. 1:29.2 on the teletimer.
Bob Davis and Sand Benelli tried to get the outer flow going at the half in the small six-horse field but found no takers, but continued to grind it out on the backside. At this point the heavy track took its toll on Fox Valley Leo as Banca popped the ear plugs at the ¾, but to no avail as the early pacesetter faded in the lane. Sand Benelli ranged into contention of the top of the stretch, but the real estate saving Lightning Strike was able to clear and go on to win by a length over Sand Benelli in 2:00:2.
It was the third win in a row for Lappe and Lightning Strike, the 9-year-old gelding by Cam Terrific is trained and owned by William Mintz, and in the process picked up his seventhth seasonal win. Paul Walker and Doc’s Zippy were third. All three of Lightning Strikes string of wins have come in the Catskill Amateur events and has four wins in six starts in the event.
Fourth Thoroughbred Owner Conference Concludes with Emphasis on a Passion for the Sport
The fourth Thoroughbred Owner Conference, co-hosted by OwnerView and BloodHorse, concluded on Nov. 1 with presentations on the experiences of turf writers, the claiming game, and veterinary issues. Approximately 235 people attended the three-day event, including both longtime horse owners and new or prospective owners.
The conference took place at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar in Del Mar, Calif., to coincide with the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
As did owner conferences of prior years, this edition featured panel discussions with prominent owners, trainers, jockeys, and other personalities. Topics covered during the first two days of the conference included breeding and sales, syndicates, legal matters, and women in racing.
The keynote address was delivered by Jeff Fager, the executive producer of “60 Minutes” and a Thoroughbred owner.
In his address, Fager shared his experiences in the Thoroughbred industry, which started with his working for trainer John Nerud when he was in high school and continues today with his Fager Stable.
“Fager Stable is small but hopeful,” Fager said. “It is one of the most fun adventures of my life.”
He also spoke about his career at “60 Minutes” and how important credibility and integrity are to the show.
In addition to the panel sessions, conference goers were able to attend the Breeders’ Cup Post-Position Draw, the trackside Breakfast Marquee, and a wine and dine that featured a Q&A session with guest speaker Laura Hillenbrand, the author of the bestsellers “Seabiscuit: An American Legend” and “Unbroken.”
On Wednesday afternoon, attendees enjoyed lunch and an afternoon of racing at Del Mar.
“Since the first Owner Conference was held in 2015, this event has continued to educate new, prospective, and existing owners alike about the benefits, excitement and intricacies associated with racehorse ownership,” said Gary Falter, project manager for OwnerView. “We are thankful to our host Del Mar for their support, and planning is already underway for a fifth Thoroughbred Owner Conference.”
A video replay of all panels are now available at www.ownerview.com.
OwnerView is a joint effort spearheaded by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to encourage ownership of Thoroughbreds and provide accurate information on aspects of ownership such as trainers, public racing syndicates, the process of purchasing and owning a Thoroughbred, racehorse retirement, and owner licensing.
The need for a central resource to encourage Thoroughbred ownership was identified in the comprehensive economic study of the sport that was commissioned by The Jockey Club and conducted by McKinsey & Company in 2011. The OwnerView site was launched in May 2012.
A fifth edition of the conference is planned for the week leading up to the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
Meadowlands Changes Wagering Format
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Meadowlands Racetrack made a small change to its wagering format that will took effect on Nov. 11.
With the start of the Pick 10 Survivor on Race 1, the 50-cent Pick Five was moved back to start on Race 2 to avoid overlap between the two wagers.
In addition, the early Pick Four moved back to start on Race 4 and the late Pick Four now starts on Race 8.
The guarantees for all four wagers will remain in place. The Pick 10 Survivor will carry a $10,000 guarantee, the Pick Five and early Pick Four will have a $25,000 guarantee, and the late Pick Four will have a $50,000 guarantee.
“As we continue to see how the new Pick 10 Survivor plays out, we wanted to make sure that our other multi-race wagers were not being stepped on,” said Jason Settlemoir, Meadowlands COO/GM. “With these changes, we hope horseplayers will be able to focus on each multi-race wager.”
Week Two of the Pick 10 Survivor wager picked up steam as the pool size increased to $16,188, up nearly 40 percent from its debut.
While 33 tickets shared in the bounty last week, one single survivor took down the entire pool (minus 15 percent takeout) on Saturday for a $13,751.26 score on the 20-cent winning combination. The ticket was purchased through Twinspires.com.
Unlike last week when a longshot eliminated 93 percent of the tickets after Race 1, odds-on favorites scored in the first two races of the evening.
Favorites were defeated in the next three races, leaving just 44 tickets alive heading into Race 6.
3-to-5 favorite Express Stride scored in the sixth race, but only 13 tickets were still alive at that point.
Race 7 served as the Saturday night feature. Some Attitude, a 3-year-old taking on older competitors, turned in the race of his life with a front-end score in 1:50.1 on a 32-degree evening. The win was his fifth in seven starts since moving to trainer Jackie Greene. The 7/2 wagering choice was one of three wins on the evening for Marcus Miller, but more importantly, only one live ticket in the Pick 10 Survivor used Some Attitude, leading to the five-figure score.
Earlier in the night, highly-touted freshman pacer American History blasted a field of non-winners of two in 1:52.3 to maintain his undefeated record in three starts. The American Ideal colt, trained by Tony Alagna and owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and American History Racing, will head to the Governor’s Cup eliminations scheduled for next Saturday at the Meadowlands. His stablemate and Breeders Crown champion Stay Hungry also tuned up for the Governor’s Cup eliminations by winning a Big M qualifier on Saturday in 1:53/:26.3.
Total handle on the 12-race card was $2,009,394.
On Nov. 18, Kissin In The Sand followed her near track-record win two weeks ago in the Kindergarten Final with an easy score in 1:52.2 as the 3/10 wagering choice in the Three Diamonds elimination.
Tim Tetrick took over the driving duties for the first time with Yannick Gingras committed to Breeders Crown champion Youaremycandygirl, who took a bye to next week’s $381,200 final.
“Kissin raced great and was well in hand,” said Johansson. “The ear plugs were never pulled. We’re happy that we will draw a good post as I think that could be the difference between her and Youaremycandygirl if they’re both on their game.”
Fourth Dimension bounced back from his flat performance in the Breeders Crown Final with a front-end stroll in 1:55 in the Valley Victory elimination. He has won 7 of 10 career starts for trainer Marcus Melander and Courant Inc.
Plunge Blue Chip continued her remarkable freshman season with an impressive win on the front end for Ake Svanstedt in the Goldsmith Maid elimination in which all nine fillies advanced to next week’s final after Basquiat was scratched. Plunge Blue Chip dominated the New York Sire Stakes, but won the Matron nine days ago at Dover and made it 8-for-9 with her win tonight in 1:55.1 with a :26.2 last quarter.
Also on the card, top-level pacing mares raced in the final preliminary leg of the TVG Free For All series before the finals on Nov. 25. Tonight, nobody was catching Darlinonthebeach, who came first-over at the half and blew away the all-star group that included two-time Breeders Crown champion Pure Country. The final time was 1:48.3.
“When Darlin is on her “A” game I don’t think many can go with her,” said Johansson. “It’s just unfortunate that she got a staph uterine infection earlier this summer and we didn’t get to see her best. She is super tough and hopefully she’ll get over the million-dollar mark next week.”
The third edition of the Pick 10 Survivor wager attracted a total pool of $15,491. Two tickets survived the longest, selecting the winners of the first eight races before both being knocked out after Race 9. The two winning tickets, purchased through the Oregon Hub and the Catskills, each received $6,580.88.
Total handle on the 13-race card was $2,152,031.
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Chad Brown Is Guest on Across the Board with Andy Serling
OZONE PARK, N.Y. — Chad Brown, the 2016 Eclipse Award-winning trainer, is the latest guest on Across the Board with Andy Serling, presented by the New York Racing Association, now available for download.
Brown talked with Serling on Friday, Nov. 17 at Aqueduct Racetrack to discuss his recent trip to Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for the Breeders' Cup, where he won the Juvenile with Good Magic and the Juvenile Filly Turf with Rushing Fall. Brown was one of only two trainers to win multiple Breeders Cup races in 2017.
The pair also discussed his upbringing and introduction to the game growing up in Mechanicville, New York only 15 miles from Saratoga Race Course, his career and potential plans for multiple Grade 1 winner Lady Eli. Brown also talked about his time spent as an assistant to Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel and his ascent to becoming one of the top leading trainers in the country.
Brown earned the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 2016 and has been the leading trainer at every fall meet at Belmont Park since 2012. He has also won back-to-back training titles for the Spring/Summer meet title at Belmont Park and won leading trainer at Saratoga Race Course in 2016. At 39, Brown has already compiled wins in 10 Breeders' Cup Races and captured his first career Triple Crown race with Cloud Computing in the Preakness this year.
About Across the Board with Andy Serling
Launched in April 2017, Across the Board with Andy Serling is a podcast presented by the New York Racing Association. New episodes of the show will be released in regular installments throughout the year, providing fans and horseplayers with access to the most interesting personalities in racing.
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