Horses Scratched at Aqueduct Following Eligibility Concerns

by | 11.22.2013 | 7:07pm
Aqueduct Racetrack

Three horses were scratched out of this weekend's New York Stallion Stakes races after they were incorrectly permitted to be supplemented into those races, according to a report by the Daily Racing Form.

Connections of Ultimate Empire, Smooth Bert and Ah Gaga paid $5,000 per the condition book guidelines to supplement their horses into the Thunder Rumble (Ultimate Empire and Smooth Bert) and the Staten Island (Ah Gaga). Stallion Stakes races have not previously been open to supplemental entries but are instead horses are made eligible as weanlings, yearlings, or by Sept 1 of their 2-year-old year.

This isn't the first time the mix-up has happened–officials are reviewing the status of Kelli Got Frosty, who won a division of the New York Stallion Stakes last year but was disqualified when it was discovered she wasn't eligible for that race. She has also been entered in this weekend's Staten Island. Part-owner Andrew Cohen said he was given special permission from NYRA to make a few of his horses, including Kelli Got Frosty, eligible nearly a year after the deadline passed.

Cohen said Kelli Got Frosty was not nominated by the deadline because of “an oversight on the part of a knucklehead who shall remain nameless” according to the Form's David Grening.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form

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