Ticker
  • La Coronel (5-1) leads them all the way in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.Posted 4 days ago
  • Rubilinda (6-5) finds the wire just in time to take the Pebbles Stakes.Posted 4 days ago
  • Engage (1-2) rolls home from last to win the Grade 3 Futurity Stakes.Posted 4 days ago
  • Bolt d'Oro is the 12-1 favorite in the current Las Vegas line for Kentucky Derby 2018.Posted 7 days ago
  • Romantic Vision (6-1) takes the sloppy Spinster (G1) at Keeneland.Posted 10 days ago
  • Unique Bella (1-5) returns with a clear victory in the L. A. Woman (G3) at Santa Anita.Posted 10 days ago
  • Flameaway (5-1) wins a three-horse photo finish in the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) at a wet Keeneland.Posted 10 days ago
  • War Flag (9-1) wins the stretch battle in Belmont's Flower Bowl (G1).Posted 10 days ago
  • Separationofpowers (9-5) impresses in the Frizette at Belmont Park.Posted 10 days ago
  • Roy H (4-5) lives up to favoritism in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship.Posted 11 days ago
Breeders' Cup 2017

Huge Day for Rice, Velasquez at Big A

Trainer Linda Rice
Trainer Linda Rice and jockey Cornelio Velasquez each had four winners on Saturday's card at Aqueduct Racetrack, with Velasquez aboard for three of Rice's victories. Rice, who has saddled 12 winners during the Aqueduct main track meet, now tops the trainer standings going into Sunday's closing day. Velasquez, with 23 victories on the main track, enjoys a five-win lead over David Cohen (18) and Eddie Castro (18) in the jockey standings.

Rice and Velasquez picked up their first victories separately on Saturday, with the trainer sending out Finn Again ($7.60) to win the second race, a turf route for maidens, under Alan Garcia. In race 4, the Northern Willy overnight stakes, Velasquez piloted Miss Valentine ($3.80) to a 2 ¼-length victory over the main track for trainer Christophe Clement.

Rice and Velasquez then teamed up to win race 5 with Cricky'sgoldeneyes ($7.90) and race 6 with longshot first-timer N. F.'s Destiny ($22.20). Rice's Tell Grant finished eighth in race 7 with Velasquez aboard, but the pair resumed their winning ways on the turf in race 8 when Velasquez guided Abilio ($8.50) to a one-length allowance victory.

"I thought we had a really good chance to win the second, the sixth, and the eighth," Rice said after Abilio's victory. "I wasn't counting on the fifth. It's a good time to have all the grass horses back from vacation and Florida, and hopefully we have a good season [at the upcoming Belmont Park meet]."

Rice is one win ahead of both Rudy Rodriguez (11) and Rick Dutrow, Jr. (11) in the Aqueduct main track trainer standings and has six horses entered on Sunday's closing day card at Aqueduct, while Velasquez is named to ride five, including three for Rice.

Sunday's final Big A card also will feature a mandatory payout for a $44,851.33 Pick 6 Carryover which begins in Race 4, scheduled to go off at 2:25 p.m.

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Older Comments about Huge Day for Rice, Velasquez at Big A...

Linda Rice is the BEST--would love to see her add that Aqueduct trainer title to the Saratoga one!

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories