11/27/2011 9:14PM

Cigar Mile day at the Big A


A photographic look at racing at Aqueduct on a picture-perfect November 26, when four horses added major stakes victories to their resumes: Disposablepleasure won the G2 Demoiselle, O'Prado Again the G2 Remsen, To Honor and Serve the G1 Cigar Mile and champion Awesome Feather the G1 Gazelle.

Above and below:  Welcome to Aqueduct, home of the winter hair cut (above) and a spiffy new face due to the addition of a casino (below).

Above and below:  In the second race - a 2-year-old maiden - Scat About (Scat Daddy-Miss Louisiana, by Miswaki) bided his time the first time past the stands.  He and Junior Alvarado swept to a narrow victory (below).

Above:  Scat About leaving the winner's circle.

Above and below:  The fifth race, also a 2-year-old maiden event, was won by Junebugred (Corinthian - Dixie Melody, by Dixieland Band) and Ryan Curatolo. 

Above and below:  Let the stakes races begin!  Disposablepleasure before the sixth race, the Demoiselle.  

Above:  Second-place finisher Wildcat's Smile.

Above:  Wee Party, Disposablepleasure and Awalkinthemoonlight break from the gate for the Demoiselle.

Above and below:  Whoopsie...I hate when that happens!  Disposablepleasure and Ramon Dominguez get a good look at the track.

Above:  Makes you wonder just what Ramon is thinking at that very moment.

Above:  Wildcat's Smile, Brown Eyed Nance and Captivating Lass at the Demoiselle break.

Above:  Disposablepleasure sets off after the field.

Above and below:  Disposablepleasure (right) and Wildcat's Smile battle to the wire in the Demoiselle.

Above:  I wonder which jock thought he'd won?

Above and below:  It's inquiry time, and Disposablepleasure's connections - Todd Pletcher, Ramon Dominguez and John Greathouse, Jr., at right - await the stewards' decision.

Above:  Todd Pletcher's assistant Whit Beckman (Todd Pletcher in background), during the inquiry.

Above:  The price of victory, a grabbed right front quarter, for Disposablepleasure.  Below:  After the stewards let the victory stand, a proud John Greathouse, Jr. led his filly to the winner's circle.

Above:  Winning owner John Greathouse, Jr., of Glencrest Farm.

Above and below:  Among the contestants in the Remsen, the second stakes on the card, was 2-year-old Stephanoatsee (below, with Ramon Dominguez up).  What makes this boy unusually interesting (at least to me) is the fact that he's a half-brother to Shackleford.

Above:  Stephanoatsee, by A.P. Indy - Oatsee by Unbridled.

Above:  Souper Speedy (Indian Charlie - Speed Succeeds by Gone West).

Above and below:  O'Prado Again (El Prado - Leh She Run by Pulpit), trained by Dale Romans.

Above and below:  Among the other Remsen contestants were El Padrino, above, and Speightscity, below.

Above:  The Remsen start.

Above:  Souper Speedy and El Padrino, on their way in the Remsen.

Above:  El Padrino, such a flashy colt.

Above:  With quite a battle to the wire, O'Prado Again (right) got to there first.  Souper Speedy ran second and El Padrino was third.

Above:  O'Prado Again and Kent Desormeaux are the winners, as runner-up Jose Lezcano, on Souper Speedy, takes a look over.  

Above:  Souper Speedy didn't win, but he looked nice in this remote.

Above and below:  O'Prado Again, with Kent Desormeaux aboard.  Donegal Racing's Jerry Crawford, below, took a time out to talk with his beautiful colt after the race.  O'Prado Again is ridden by Desormeaux, owned by Donegal Racing and trained by Dale Romans - the same trio connected with Paddy O'Prado.

Above:  The coolest boots in the race (by far), worn by Timothy Thornton.

Above:  O'Prado Again heads to the test barn.

Above and below:  Heading to the paddock for the Cigar Mile are To Honor and Serve (above) and Hymn Book (below).  They ran 1-2.

Above and below:  Other Cigar Mile entrants included Calibrachoa (above, chewing on pony), who ran third, and Haynesfield, the occasional bad actor who was excused from the post parade.

Above:  To Honor and Serve has 'the look' in the paddock.  He went off at even-money and ran like it.

With the new casino as backdrop, 3-year-old To Honor and Serve shows his heels to his elders in the G1 Cigar Mile.

Above:  Bill Mott assistant (and To Honor and Serve's exercise rider) Rodolphe Brisset greets the new Grade I winner.

Above:  Live Oak Plantation's Charlotte Weber leads To Honor and Serve to the winner's circle.

Above:  To Honor and Serve heads back to the barn area.

Above:  Winning connections Bill Mott and Jose Lezcano discuss the race.

Above/below:  Bill Mott, including with his son Riley (below).

Above:  Jose Lezcano.

Above:  Charlotte Weber of Live Oak Plantation.

Above and below:  Among the contestants in the day's last feature, the Grade I Gazelle, were stakes winner R Gypsy Gold (above) and stakes-placed Draw It (below).  Draw It ran second.

Above:  Longshot Daring Reality wore the most interesting 'necklace.'

Above:  Daring Reality, Love and Pride, Awesome Feather and Savvy Supreme, at the start of the Gazelle.

Above: R Gypsy Gold and Miss Valentine break from the gate.

Above and below:  All eyes were on 2010 champion juvenile filly Awesome Feather, and she came through with a powerful performance under Jeffrey Sanchez for owner Stronach Stables and trainer Chad Brown.

Above:  Jeffrey Sanchez pats Awesome Feather upon their Grade I Gazelle score.  Sanchez often shows his affection for the lovely filly.

Above:  Winning trainer Chad Brown upon Awesome Feather's return to the winner's circle.

Above:  The look of a champion.