Friday, November 28, 2008

Have a Cigar

Come in here, Dear boy, have a cigar.
You're gonna go far,
You're gonna fly high,
You're never gonna die,
You're gonna make it, if you try;
They're gonna love you.
-Roger Waters

The Grade I $300,000 Hill n Dale Cigar Mile on Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct offers nine horses one final chance for late-season glory as the
top-quality portion of the New York stakes schedule concludes this

The race, formerly known as the NYRA Mile, was renamed for the Great Cigar in 1997. Cigar won the NYRA mile in 1994.

This years edition attracts a nice group including Visionaire, 7 year old Wanderin Boy, A and R Stable’s Monterey Jazz, who ships in from California, Charles Fipke’s Tale of Ekati winner of the Grade 1 Wood Memorial here in the spring,Jay Em Ess Stable’s Arson Squad who won the Grade 2 Meadowlands Cup, and Stronach Stable’s Harlem Rocker who won the Grade 3 Withers here in the spring. Vinery Stable’s Kodiak Kowboy enters Saturday’s race off his victory in the Grade 3 Sport Page Handicap at Belmont Park. Bribon, a 5 year old gelding and Storm Play, an undefeated son of Smart Strike, and making his graded stakes debut round out the field.

The nine-race card at the Big A will also include the 95th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Remsen for two-year-olds at nine furlongs and the 87th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Demoiselle for two-year-old fillies at nine furlongs.

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