Go for Wand

California Shipper Spiced Perfection Wires Field In Go For Wand

Shipping in from California to make her first start since running fourth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on November 2 at Santa Anita Park, Spiced Perfection wired the field to win the Grade 3, $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Breaking alertly from post 3 with […]

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Cigar Mile Card Features Mandatory Payout Of Empire 6

Saturday’s Cigar Mile Day card will be bolstered by a mandatory payout in the Empire 6 at the Big A. The Empire 6 will start with Race 5, a one-mile maiden event for 2-year-olds, with an approximate post time of 1:35 p.m. Eastern. The highlight of the Aqueduct fall meet, Saturday’s 10-race card features four […]

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Cigar Mile Day To Feature Mandatory Payout Of Empire 6 Wager

There will be a mandatory payout of the Empire 6 on Saturday, December 7 – Cigar Mile Day – at Aqueduct Racetrack. The jackpot carryover heading into Sunday’s card stood at $520,913. The card on December 7 will feature four graded stakes, highlighted by the 31st running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Cigar Mile and […]

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What’s Different This Time? Racing History Shows An Evolution Of Attitudes About Fatal Injuries

In 1993, just ahead of that year’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park, the Associated Press published a headline that could just as easily have been written this year: “Breeders’ Cup officials hoping for safety.” A short item from writer Ed Schuyler Jr. detailed the organization’s response to a series of five high profile equine […]

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Hall Of Fame Jockey Randy Romero, Rider For Personal Ensign, Dies At 61

After a decades-long battle with health issues, Hall of Fame jockey Randy Romero, known for riding Go for Wand and the unbeaten Personal Ensign among others, has passed away at the age of 61 in his native Louisiana. He was surrounded by family members while under hospice care in Lafayette, La. “He is the toughest […]

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Hall Of Fame Jockey Randy Romero In Hospice Care

Jockey Randy Romero, elected to racing’s Hall of Fame in 2010, said last weekend he is hospice care but is at home in Lafayette, La., where a brother is staying with him and helping with his care. “I’m very sick but I haven’t given up,” he said by phone. Romero, 62, said doctors told him […]

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Trio Of Final Times From Cigar Mile Card Adjusted, Including Go For Wand Handicap

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced today that following a review of the December 1 Cigar Mile card at Aqueduct Racetrack, in conjunction with Teletimer, the official timing system for NYRA racetracks, that the running times of three one-mile races on the main track, including the Grade 3, $250,000 Go For Wand Handicap, have […]

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Aqueduct: Auxiliary Gate Placement Caused Saturday’s Timing Issues

There were significant differences in the final times of two one-mile graded stakes on the dirt at Aqueduct on Saturday: the G3 Go For Wand was timed in 1:38.35 (Marley’s Freedom), while the G1 Cigar Mile was completed in 1:34.98 (Patternrecognition). Though the track did seem to get faster over the final three races on […]

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Marley’s Freedom Battles To Go For Wand Victory

Cicero Farms’ Marley’s Freedom was the heavy 1-2 favorite in Saturday’s G3 Go For Wand Handicap, but she and jockey Mike Smith had to work hard to hit the wire a neck ahead of 9-1 chance Come Dancing. Trained by Bob Baffert, the 4-year-old daughter of Blame covered one mile over Aqueduct’s fast main track […]

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