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Max Player In A Holding Pattern; Rice ‘Anxious To Hear Of Adjustments’ To 3-Year-Old Races

Trainer Linda Rice said she is continuing to play the waiting game with promising sophomores Max Player and Montauk Traffic amid the uncertainty around the upcoming national stakes schedule due to circumstances regarding the coronavirus. Owned by George E. Hall, Rice said the Grade 3 Withers winner Max Player was pointing to the Grade 2, […]

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Rice Pleased That Max Player Will Have ‘More Time To Mature’ Before September Derby

Trainer Linda Rice maintains a bustling barn of 55 horses on the Belmont backstretch and has had a number of stable stars on the work tab over the past week, including Grade 3 Withers champ Max Player. Owned by George E. Hall, Max Player had been targeting the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by […]

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NYRA Suspends Live Racing At Aqueduct After Backstretch Worker Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The New York Racing Association announced on Thursday that live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, N.Y., will be suspended until further notice due to changing circumstances in the racing community relative to the coronavirus (COVID-19). A backstretch worker who lives and works at Belmont Park tested positive Thursday morning for the coronavirus. Following […]

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‘Very Consistent’ Sole Volante Will Point To Wood Memorial

Owner Dean Reeves, who operates Reeves Thoroughbred Racing alongside his wife Patti, said it’s important to prepare a horse for the Kentucky Derby over a surface similar to Churchill Downs. That is one reason why graded stakes-winner Sole Volante will point towards the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by Resorts World Casino on April […]

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Wood Memorial Would Be The ‘Logical Spot’ For Gotham Winner Mischevious Alex

Owners Cash is King and LC Racing and trainer John Servis enjoyed a perfect Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack with Mischevious Alex victorious in the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham following a winning effort by Diamond King in the $125,000 Stymie. Mischevious Alex, undefeated since the addition of blinkers, was prominent throughout the one-turn mile Gotham en […]

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Max Player Back On The Work Tab, ‘Training Towards The Wood’

George E. Hall’s Grade 3 Withers victor Max Player resumed serious business on Wednesday morning for trainer Linda Rice, breezing an easy half-mile in 50.24 seconds over the Belmont Park training track. The dark bay son of second-crop stallion Honor Code garnered 10 qualifying points towards the Grade 1, $3 million Kentucky Derby in the […]

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Rice To Saddle Montauk Traffic In Gotham, Max Player In Wood Memorial

Chris Fountoukis’ Montauk Traffic navigated the course with aplomb, rallying from last-of-seven to win Saturday’s $100,000 Jimmy Winkfield for 3-year-olds by 1 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct. The morning after the Cross Traffic sophomore colt notched his second consecutive win in three total starts and earned an 80 Beyer Speed Figure, trainer Linda Rice said everything […]

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Withers Winner Max Player Will Train Up To Wood Memorial

George Hall’s Max Player, trained by Linda Rice and patiently piloted by Dylan Davis, proved resilient in overcoming a difficult trip to win Saturday’s Grade 3, $250,000 Withers at Aqueduct Racetrack. Sent to post at odds of 5-1, Max Player was in tight and on the heels of Mr. Shortandsimple taking significant kickback into the […]

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96th Running Of Wood Memorial Centerpiece Of 13-Day Aqueduct Spring Meet

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the race dates and stakes schedule for the 2020 spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack. The 13-day meet, highlighted by the Wood Memorial on April 4, will commence on Thursday, April 2 and conclude on Sunday, April 19. The spring meet will feature 15 stakes, including six […]

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