Cigar Mile

NYRA Sets Stakes Schedule for Aqueduct's Fall Meet

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has solidified the stakes schedule for the 18-day Fall Meet at Aqueduct Racetrack, which will be held Friday, Nov. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 5. The meet will include 26 black-type events, including 10 graded stakes, with total stakes purses of $4.9 million. Saturday, Dec. 4, will undoubtedly be the most anticipated day of the meet with the $750,000 GI Cigar Mile H. for 3-year-olds and up held in addition to three other stakes. The Cigar Mile undercard will also feature the $250,000 GII Remsen...

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True Timber Out of the Pegasus

GI Cigar Mile hero True Timber (Mineshaft) was not entered for Saturday's GI Pegasus World Cup S. after cooling out slightly lame Wednesday morning prior to the draw, trainer Jack Sisterson announced via Twitter. With the defection of True Timber, GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile victor Knicks Go (Paynter) was installed as the morning-line favorite in the 12-horse Pegasus. "True Timber came up slightly off cooling out this morning," Sisterson tweeted. "While it appears he might be able to run in the Pegasus, we always prioritize the best interest of...

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Cigar Mile Scratches Resurface in Mr. Prospector

Grade I winners Firenze Fire (Poseidon's Warrior) and Mind Control (Stay Thirsty) were both scratched from GI Cigar Mile Dec. 5 after heavy rains soaked the Aqueduct main track and will instead start in Saturday's GIII Mr. Prospector S. at Gulfstream. A Grade I winner at two, Firenze Fire won several graded stakes during his tenure for Jason Servis and was transferred to Kelly Breen after the former was federally indicted and removed from the racetrack. Fourth in the slop in the GI Carter H. in his first start for...

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Kendrick Carmouche Named Jockey of the Week

Kendrick Carmouche marked two professional milestones the week of Nov. 30 through Dec. 6. He won his first Grade I race with True Timber (Mineshaft) in the Cigar Mile on Saturday, then ended the week by earning his first NYRA riding title at the Aqueduct Fall Meet. The achievements earned Carmouche the title of Jockey of the Week. The award, which is voted on by a panel of racing experts, is for jockeys who are members of the Jockeys' Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 active riders in...

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Congaree Euthanized at Valor Farm

Edited Press Release, Vicky Van Camp, author Congaree (Arazi--Mari's Sheba, by Arazi), a Grade I winner at seven, eight, nine and 10 furlongs, was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age Nov. 22, according to a release from Valor Farm in Texas. He was 22 years old. Congaree was owned and bred by the late Robert McNair and his wife Janice's Stonerside Farm and barely survived his foaling, weighing in at a sizeable 152 pounds, suffering several broken ribs in the ordeal. Eventually put into training with Bob Baffert,...

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Carmouche, Clement Earn First-Ever New York Titles at Aqueduct Fall Meet

Kendrick Carmouche registered his first-ever riding title for a New York Racing Association meet, notching 23 victories to pace all jockeys for the 18-day fall meet at Aqueduct Racetrack that ran from Nov. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 6. Christophe Clement tallied 16 wins to lead all trainers, while Klaravich Stables and Repole Stables each campaigned five winners to finish as co-leading owners. Carmouche, a mainstay on the NYRA circuit, earned his first NYRA riding crown by registering a 23-18-14 record in 123 mounts with earnings of more than $1.5 million....

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Performer Seeks Grade I Glory in Cigar Mile

Phipps Stable and Claiborne Farm's Performer (Speightstown) looks to continue his hot streak as he takes his first crack at the highest level Saturday in Aqueduct's GI Cigar Mile. Graduating at second asking at Belmont in June 2019, the chestnut captured a 6 1/2-panel allowance at Saratoga that August and a 1 1/16-mile optional claimer at Belmont last September. Closing out his sophomore season with a victory in this venue's GIII Discovery S. just over a year ago, Performer was subsequently shelved and resurfaced with an optional claimer score in...

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NYRA's Support of Toys for Tots to go Virtual

The New York Racing Association, Inc. has announced that it will continue its longtime support of the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation, which is being conducted virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NYRA encourages fans to donate at https://www.toysfortots.org/donate/ during the upcoming virtual weekend of giving on Friday, Dec. 4; Cigar Mile Day on Saturday, Dec. 5; and on Sunday, Dec. 6. Members of the Marine Corps Reserve will use the funds to collect and distribute new and unwrapped toys for children and families during...

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D J Stable, Green Group's Len Green Talks Making the Horse Business Profitable On Writers' Room

It's no secret that the horse business is a tough one if your primary goal is to make money. But your chances are better the more experience and expertise you accrue, and The Green Group's Len Green has decades of both. Wednesday, the tax, accounting and consulting firm's founder and principal of successful racing outfit D J Stable joined the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland to impart his advice on turning a profit in racing, discuss what tax changes could be coming down the pike with a new presidential...

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Firenze Fire to Target Cigar Mile

Mr. Amore Stable's Firenze Fire (Poseidan's Warrior), a late-closing third in the GI Breeders' Cup Sprint, will make his next start in the Dec. 5 GI Cigar Mile. "He's back at Belmont and that's what we're pointing for," trainer Kelly Breen said of the Cigar Mile. The 5-year-old rallied from 11th to finish third under jockey Jose Lezcano in the Nov. 7 Sprint at Keeneland. "It was a good race," Breen said of the veteran's most recent start. Breen said Lezcano, aboard for Firenze Fire's GII Vosburgh Invitational win Sept....

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Stakes Schedule Announced for Aqueduct Fall Meet

The New York Racing Association, Inc. has announced race dates for the 18-day Aqueduct Racetrack fall meet, offering 29 stakes, including 11 graded events, worth $3.41 million in purse money, that will kick off Friday, Nov. 6 and run through Sunday, Dec. 6. Opening weekend of the Big A fall meet, which coincides with the Breeders' Cup set for Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course, includes the GIII Turnback the Alarm H. and the GIII Nashua S. Closing weekend features seven stakes worth $1.4 million beginning Saturday, Dec. 5 with...

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