Track Notes

Playthatfunnymusic's upset win triggers $837K pick six carryover

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Joey Martinez will always remember his first win as a jockey, and may have created a life-changing opportunity for bettors chasing the pick six at Aqueduct.

Martinez, 23, guided Playthatfunnymusic ($40) to an upset victory in Thursday’s eighth race and in the process triggered an $837,570 carryover into Friday’s card. The pick six at Aqueduct has not been hit since Dec. 2; Thursday was the fourth consecutive program which the bet was not hit.

Free Rose will get extended vacation

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Free Rose will get extended vacation
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Uncle Lino will be given some time off and then come back as a 4-year-old in 2017.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Free Rose, a winner of two graded stakes for 3-year-olds on turf at Del Mar last summer, will be turned out for the winter after finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar last Saturday, trainer Richard Baltas said.

“I think I’ll give him a little break, a couple of months off,” Baltas said on Thursday. “He’s had a long year, and we can focus on next year.”

Uncle Lino will resume training soon

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Uncle Lino will resume training soon

ARCADIA, Calif. – Uncle Lino, the winner of the California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos in April who was vanned off after finishing seventh in the Preakness Stakes in May, is nearing a return to training.

Arrogate gets more serious in half-mile workout

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Arrogate gets more serious in half-mile workout

ARCADIA, Calif. – Arrogate worked a half-mile in 48 seconds at Santa Anita on Thursday, an exercise that trainer Bob Baffert described as the colt’s first serious workout since a win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5.

Trainer Michael has good start to holiday meet

When Brian Michael was exercising horses on the Kentucky circuit, there was also an active jockey named Michael Bryan.

Contreras arrives from Canada to ride in California

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Contreras arrives from Canada to ride in California

Former Canadian champion jockey Luis Contreras is spending the winter in Southern California and will have his first mount at Los Alamitos on Friday.

Alan Garcia to winter in New York

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Alan Garcia to winter in New York

After spending the last two winters riding in Saudi Arabia, jockey Alan Garcia is back in New York, hoping to rekindle some success of winters past.

Paulassilverlining stands out in Garland of Roses

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Paulassilverlining stands out in Garland of Roses

Paulassilverlining, a three-time graded stakes winner in 2016, figures to be an odds-on choice in Saturday’s $125,000 Garland of Roses, the first stakes race of the inner-track season at Aqueduct.

U S Officer returns to route for Springboard Mile

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U S Officer returns to route for Springboard Mile

The $300,000 Springboard Mile on Sunday at Remington Park is a chance for trainer Danny Pish to learn more about the distance preferences of the promising 2-year-old U S Officer. The horse already is a winner at the race’s one-mile distance but last month notched his most significant victory in a sprint stakes, the $100,000 Clever Trevor. That race served as the local prep for the Springboard.

Cannizzo banking on youngsters to perform well during winter

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Cannizzo banking on youngsters to perform well during winter

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Trainer David Cannizzo on Wednesday morning was talking about the potential he felt his barn had for a strong winter meet. Two races into Wednesday’s card, Cannizzo got his first victory when Battle Midway rallied down the center of Aqueduct’s inner track to spring an 11-1 upset.

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