“How great is this?” asked Ed Stanco, standing near the winner’s circle at Aqueduct Racetrack on February 27.
Despite the 30-degree (Fahrenheit) temperature and the wind coming off nearby Jamaica Bay, and despite the unglamorous setting — Aqueduct plays third fiddle to its sexier New York Racing Association cousins, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course — the grin on Stanco’s face made it clear that his question was rhetorical.
Because on that day, as it had been one day in the early months of 2013, there was nowhere that Stanco would rather be.
A champion and advocate for the blue-collar elements of Thoroughbred racing, Stanco is fond of proclaiming: “Aqueduct is my favorite track.” It doesn’t hurt that the fillies he owns have made a habit of winning there.
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