Miss Sky Warrior heads field of nine in Friday's Comely

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Miss Sky Warrior heads field of nine in Comely
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Miss Sky Warrior wins the Gazelle at Aqueduct in April.

The $250,000 Comely, the richest of three stakes on the Friday card at Aqueduct, attracted a field of nine when the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies was drawn Sunday.

Miss Sky Warrior, who is undefeated in three starts over the Aqueduct main track, will try to bounce back from a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm on Oct. 28 at Belmont Park. Miss Sky Warrior was making her first start since the Kentucky Oaks in that race.

Aqueduct cancels Sunday racing due to high winds

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Aqueduct cancels Sunday racing due to high winds

Sunday racing at Aqueduct was canceled at 9 a.m. due to high winds in the New York area.

The AccuWeather forecast for South Ozone Park, Queens, calls for winds at close to 30 miles per hour and gusts up to 50. Rain and drizzle are possible.

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to high 50s.

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NYRA to race five fewer days in 2018

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NYRA to race five less days in 2018

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association will race 229 live dates in 2018, five fewer than were approved for this year.

The premier meet of the season, Saratoga, will stay at 40 days. Racing will be held on a six-days-a-week schedule from July 20 through Labor Day, Sept. 3, with Tuesdays dark.

The Belmont spring /summer and fall meets also will have the same number of dates. The spring meet will have 54 programs and the fall meet will be 36 days.

The Aqueduct winter/spring meet will begin Jan. 1 and continue through April 22.

Pat Lang, track photographer, dies at 65

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Pat Lang, track photographer, dies at 65
Pat Lang, who endeared himself to countless horsemen as the track photographer at racetracks in Kentucky and Ohio, died Friday from complications of lung cancer. He was 65.   Lang retired in May 2014 after more than 30 years of taking action shots and winner’s circle pictures at Turfway Park, Keeneland, and River Downs.

Caesars to purchase Indiana's two racetrack-casinos

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Caesars to purchase Indiana's two racetrack-casinos

Caesars Entertainment, the sprawling casino company with a stake in a number of racetracks in the U.S., has reached an agreement to buy Centaur Gaming Inc., the owner and operator of the two racetrack-casinos in Indiana, the companies announced Thursday.

Gargan, Midwest Thoroughbreds splitting up

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Gargan, Midwest Thoroughbreds splitting up

Danny Gargan and the Midwest Thoroughbreds stable of Richard Papiese are splitting up after 2 1/2 years together. Gargan's last two starters for Papiese will be Wednesday at Aqueduct.

Gargan, 46, trains Papiese's New York string. Papiese employs trainers in different regions of the country, including Roger Brueggerman, Tom Amoss, and Armando De la Cerda.

The 14 horses Papiese has with Gargan will be transferred to trainer Steve Asmussen, according to Gargan.

BCBC rule change paved way for winning strategy

At the heart of the controversy surrounding the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, which has held up the distribution of purses pending an investigation, is a rule change. But first, you need to understand something about the BCBC and why it was invented.

Four suspended Parx trainers denied stay

The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has denied a request for a stay for four trainers based at Parx near Philadelphia who were suspended this week for failing to comply with a subpoena, according to the attorney representing the trainers.

Trainer Serpe reaches 1,000-career-wins milestone

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Trainer Serpe reaches 1,000 career wins
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Phil Serpe, who notched his 1,000th training win Thursday at Aqueduct, has been training since 1984.

Phil Serpe sent out his 1,000th winner as a trainer Thursday at Aqueduct when he won the ninth race with Wingman under jockey Junior Alvarado.

The win was the second in two days at Aqueduct for Serpe and owners Chester and Mary Broman. Serpe won the fifth race Wednesday for the Bromans with Land Mine.

Serpe, 58, has been training since 1984. A native of Montclair, N.J., he worked with saddle horses as a youngster and went to work as a groom at the Meadowlands in 1976.

Breeders' Cup withholds Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge purse

Breeders’ Cup has put off issuing payments in the live-money handicapping tournament it held last week in conjunction with its two-day event as it performs an internal investigation of the strategies used by several of the players who earned prize money, the organization confirmed Thursday.

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