Brian’s Aqueduct Preview: Cigar Mile weekend

At the risk of scratching Teresa’s Aqueduct itch the wrong way, the Saturday after Thanksgiving usually signals the end of meaningful racing in New York until the Gotham rolls around the following March. The good news is that it always goes out with a bang, and this Saturday is no different. The traditional Aqueduct fixtures,…

A Couple of Favorites

Two sentimental winners took Saturday’s stakes races at Aqueduct, perhaps the most unsentimental of race tracks. The grade III Bold Ruler was run as the fourth race; in a field of five, Jack Bruner’s Sing Baby Sing was the favorite; Allen Jerkens’s Le Grand Cru was the longest shot at 7 – 1, a fact…

Race 7: $43,000 Maiden-special-weight for 2yo’s at 6 furlongs Tough race to get a gauge on so check the board; on paper ODYSSEUS has the look of a live newcomer for a solid debut barn; helps that Maragh has done little wrong of late. ROYAL STOCKS had little chance in his Spa debut after breaking…

Back to the Big A

So it’s off we are to much-maligned Aqueduct today. Post time changes to 12:30 from 1:00, and when the horses leave the gate today, I’ll be in a paper conference with a student, and the earlier post time means that it’s less likely that I’ll be able to catch the last race when I get…

Bad-mouthing the Big A

When, in yesterday’s New York Post, Ed Fountaine wrote, “Wednesday kicks off a six-month stretch at South Ozone Park Correctional Facility, otherwise known as the Big A,” he was only the most recent New York turf writer to comment disparagingly on Aqueduct. Most of the historical reports of racing that I’ve read are effusive to…