A Classic New York Bred

Nick Zito grew up near Aqueduct Racetrack. His father would take him to the track as a young lad. But back in the day there were age restrictions on admission to the track. So the elder Zito would leave young Nicholas with a friend of his, who just happened to be a security guard at the Big A. It was there and then that Zito … Continue reading A Classic New York Bred

TV Coverage Wrapping Up For The Year

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced Friday that America’s Day at the Races will broadcast its final edition of 2020 with coverage and analysis of Saturday’s Grade 1, $250,000 dollar Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Racetrack. Presented by America’s Best Racing and Claiborne Farms, America’s Day at the Races will air Saturday from 1-4:30 p.m. on MSG+ and 3:30-4:30 p.m. on FS2. The Cigar Mile … Continue reading TV Coverage Wrapping Up For The Year

JJ Going On The DL

Jockey Javier (JJ) Castellano will take off the final six weeks of 2020 to address a minor issue in his right leg and plans to return to race-riding in early- to-mid-January at Gulfstream Park. On Monday, Castellano will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right leg, near the hip, to clean up some debris in the area. The procedure will be performed by orthopedic surgeon Bryan … Continue reading JJ Going On The DL

NYRA & Aqueduct Step Up

New York State will build a 1,000-bed emergency hospital at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens to try to help the region accommodate the expected surge of COVID-19 patients in the weeks to come. This construction was announced March 28th by New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo. The remainder of the winter and spring meets at Aqueduct have been canceled.  Racing was originally scheduled to conclude at the … Continue reading NYRA & Aqueduct Step Up

Winner In The Withers ?

Last year’s Withers Victor, TAX, ran 14th on the first Saturday in May but then went on to Win the Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga. SHOTSKI, after a Win in the Remsen here, returns to the Big A to head a field of eight 3-year-olds in this year’s Withers. The entrants have an opportunity to acquire Derby qualifying points with a top four finish on a … Continue reading Winner In The Withers ?

Time To Fire Up The Cigar

A pair of 3-year-olds headline the field of 11 drawn for Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 dollar Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Park on Saturday.  MAXIMUM SECURITY and SPUN TO RUN are expected to be the top two choices. The one-turn mile is the final race on a card of 10 with Post Time scheduled for 4:16 pm. Here then is a look at the field. 1.  WHITMORE  … Continue reading Time To Fire Up The Cigar

The Cigar Mile

The final Graded Stakes of the year in New York is Saturday, and it appears as though MAXIMUM SECURITY will have plenty of company in the $750,000 dollar, Grade 1 Cigar Mile Stakes on December 7th. The New York Racing Association officials have listed 11 entries in the Cigar Mile, one of four Graded Stakes on Saturday’s card at Aqueduct Park. MAXIMUM SECURITY, figures to … Continue reading The Cigar Mile