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Migliore takes on duties for NYRA
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Richard Migliore is returning to the New York racing scene.
The former jockey will join the New York Racing Association in a multi-faceted capacity that will include television work, participating in the track’s apprentice rider program, and conducting seminars for new and prospective Thoroughbred owners. Migliore will be permitted to continue his current role as an analyst for HRTV.
Migliore, 46, is expected to appear on a variety of NYRA television programming, including the recently announced National Racing Report, a twice-weekly show that previews and reviews important stakes races run at NYRA tracks and tracks around the country. It is also expected that Migliore will contribute to other NYRA programming that will be announced in the near future. NYRA recently took control of programming for Time Warner Cable’s Channel 71, which had been run by New York City OTB before that corporation went out of business on Dec. 8.
Migliore said this job with NYRA will help fill a void left by his forced retirement due to injury last spring.
“I miss being around very much,” Migliore said. “I love Thoroughbred racing. I’m very committed to it in a number of different ways. This is a great opportunity to be back involved on a daily basis. I’m committed to making racing as good as it can be. This is a great opportunity moving forward with the slots starting in New York. Hopefully, I’ll be part of a new era at NYRA.”
Migliore, who is expected to start for NYRA on Feb. 22, retired from race-riding last spring after he suffered a serious neck injury in a spill at Aqueduct on Jan. 23, 2010. Migliore rode 4,450 winners during a 30-year career that began in 1980 and included an Eclipse Award as North America’s leading apprentice in 1981.
“Richard Migliore is a terrific addition to the NYRA team,” NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward said in a press release. “During the course of his 30-year career as a jockey, he displayed innate riding ability and remarkable perseverance. He is extremely well-spoken and can provide unique insight into races, making him a natural to help NYRA’s television, racing and community outreach efforts.”
Stronach buys into R Betty Graybull
Prominent owner-breeder Frank Stronach has purchased a half-interest in the multiple New York-bred stakes-winning filly R Betty Graybull from the Fantasy Lane Stable. The filly will remain with her current trainer, Linda White, who has a handful of horses stabled at Belmont Park.
R Betty Graybull, a 5-year-old daughter of Holy Bull, has won 7 of 19 career starts, including the Leecoo Stakes in her last start on Jan. 13 and the Anniron at Belmont last September. On Thursday, R Betty Graybull worked four furlongs in 48.34 seconds over Belmont’s training track. She is being considered for either the Grade 2, $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 19 or the $65,000 Rare Treat Stakes at Aqueduct on Feb. 20. The Barbara Fritchie is run at seven furlongs, a distance at which R Betty Graybull has won at twice. The Rare Treat is run at 1 1/8 miles, a distance that R Betty Graybull has yet to try.
“We know she handles seven-eighths,”White said Thursday. “I’m curious to try the mile and an eighth. The way she’s training right now I think she could handle it.”
White said it is likely that R Betty Graybull would be entered in both races. There were only 14 horses nominated to the Rare Treat and it is likely the race will have a small field if it goes at all.
“Wherever we go I think we’ll get a good run,” White said.
Lots of Stones headed to Broadway
Lots of Stones, who ran her winning streak to six with a two-length second-level allowance win against open company last out, will make her next start in the $65,000 Broadway Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares on March 5.
Lots of Stones, a daughter of Strategic Mission, worked four furlongs in 48.05 seconds over the Belmont training track on Thursday morning. It was the second-fastest of 56 works.
“She worked well, very well,” trainer Bruce Levine said. “Right now, she’s going good. If she stays good, I’ll run her there.”
Wild News, a filly Levine won an allowance race with in late December, worked a solid five furlongs in 1:01.20 Thursday morning. She could make her next start in an overnight stakes here on Feb. 27, Levine said.
Extended simulcasting hours
Beginning this weekend, Aqueduct and Belmont Park will be open until 11 p.m. for simulcasting, New York Racing Association officials announced Thursday. The expanded hours coincide with NYRA starting to take wagering on races from Yonkers Raceway. The evening simulcast menu will include races from Turfway Park, Delta Downs, Charles Town and Sam Houston.
All those tracks, in addition to all tracks owned by Churchill Downs, will also have their races streamed on NYRA.com
To accommodate customers at Aqueduct, the Aqueduct subway stop will remain open until 11:30 p.m.
“We have received a very positive response to opening Aqueduct for simulcasting seven days a week and have seen enthusiastic crowds at the Belmont Café,” Hayward said. “The next logical step is extending the Friday and Saturday hours at both facilities and we’re looking forward to gauging customer reaction. We are also very pleased to add Yonkers Raceway to our simulcasting menu.”
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