12/29/2010 5:55PM

Rush Now seeks rebound in Count Fleet


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Coming off two solid victories at Delaware Park, Rush Now was one of the betting choices in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot at Delta Downs on Nov. 20. After racing an up-close fourth early on, Rush Now backed up to finish seventh, beaten 18 lengths by Gourmet Dinner.

Rush Now, a son of Tiznow trained by Tony Dutrow, will seek to rebound in Saturday’s $65,000 Count Fleet Stakes for newly turned 3-year-olds.

Dutrow said he couldn’t come up with any excuse for Rush Now’s poor performance in the Delta Jackpot.

“The horse didn’t run, nothing happened,” Dutrow said. “The horse had absolutely no excuse. He went into the race very good, he came out of the race very good, absolutely no excuses.”

Prior to the Delta Jackpot, Rush Now won a maiden race by 13 3/4 lengths and the Dover Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths. He had finished eighth in his debut sprinting at Saratoga.

“He’s been good when things went his way,” Dutrow said. “He needs to prove he can handle adversity.”

Rush Now will break from post 4 under Jeremy Rose in the Count Fleet. The field for the mile-and-70-yard race includes Pants On Fire, J.J.’s Lucky Train, Tap Star, Arthur’s Tale, Isn’t He Perfect, and Monzon.

Eminent Tale, a dominant winner of the Great Way division of the New York Stallion Stakes, and Beau de Beaupre, winner of the Damon Runyon, square off in Saturday’s $60,000 Champagneforashley for New York-bred 3-year-olds.

Video-streaming for NYRA Rewards patrons

The New York Racing Association began live video-streaming of its races Wednesday, but limited access to NYRA Rewards customers.

NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward said there were two reasons for limiting access.

“One is security for the signal, so it doesn’t get pirated as easily,” Hayward said. “Second, we want to create incentive to come to us rather than watch our races on the website” and wager with someone else.

Hayward also mentioned that the Belmont Cafe, which opened Dec. 13, will be expanded beginning Saturday. Four additional heaters will be brought in and placed behind the Belmont Cafe on the first floor in the area where there are individual betting stations.

“It’s a nice space, good amenities, it’s better than most OTBs,” Hayward said.