Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct

Dave Bond | OTB Writer

Las Vegas, NV - Aqueduct Race Track in beleaguered New York will be the scene of the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap this Saturday, November 10. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be featured in the Long Island as it covers 1 1/2 miles on Aqueduct's turf track for a $150,000 purse.

The Long Island has drawn a field of 10 females to go in race 8 on Aqueducts' Saturday card. Post time is 3:43 PM. Here is a look at all 10 entries and their past performances ahead of this Grade 3 race.

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Hit It Rich - finished second to Aruna in the Grade 2 Sheepshead and had won four of her last seven starts including the Grade 3 Glenn Falls Stakes, the Grade 3 Orchid Stakes at Gulfstream on March 31 and last year's version of this race. But last time out was her worst performance in some time - a seventh in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl at Belmont Park September 29. Prior to that result she has placed in seven straight with results like a third in the Grade 2 New York Stakes, a second in the Grade 2 Sheepshead and a second in the Grade 3 Suwannee to go along with the impressive wins. Hit It Rich will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing result last time out and should be competitive based on a very good 2012 campaign. After all she did win this race last year!

Mystical Star - won the Grade 2 New York Stakes June 30 over Hit It Rich but sandwiched around that win were a couple of unflattering eighths - the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Stakes in May and the Grade 1 Beverly D August 18. Last time out was a good second in the Grade 1 Juddmonte Spinster which puts her on the radar for this weekend's race.

Long Island Handicap 2012 | Remaining Field Entries

Centring - will be taking a huge step up in competition this week after six starts in Maiden Special Weight and Allowance races yielded two wins and three second place finishes. The Thomas Albertini filly has placed in all of her career starts except for her debut at Saratoga back in September 2010. She has been very competitive but will find it much tougher this Saturday against proven graded stakes competitors.

Kissable - Irish bred filly made her North American debut in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly and finished fifth but followed that with a win in the minor Richmor Aviation Waya Stakes over Starformer at Saratoga August 6. She followed that with a decent third in the Grade 3 Glens Falls Stakes at Saratoga September 3 and a fourth last time out in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine October 14. She has been knocking on the door and could reasonably surprise this weekend.

Aique Marine - British bred filly will make her North American debut on Saturday after two wins, two seconds and two third place finishes in seven career starts overseas. She had a disappointing seventh in a Group 1 Stakes race at Longchamp in her debut against top level competition five back but has placed in all other starts including a win last time out against males.

Tannery - made her North American debut in the Grade 1 Garden City Stakes at Belmont Park September 15 and finished a very respectable third. She followed that with a distant eighth in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup last time out at Keeneland October 13.

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Starformer - Bill Mott trained filly is a graded stakes winner that has two wins and two seconds in six starts this year. She broke through with an impressive score in the Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park July 14 and was second after that in the minor Richmor Aviation Waya Stakes at Saratoga August 6. Last time out was an OK fourth in the Grade 1 Juddmonte Spinster at Keeneland October 7.

Clarinet - is coming off a win September 29 in the minor Flaming Page Stakes at Woodbine - her only score since October 2010. In 2012 she has placed in just one start - that win last time out. She had a fifth in the John W. Rooney Memorial, an eighth in the Grade 3 Orchid Stakes and a fifth in the Grade 3 The Very One Stakes at Gulfstream in February.

Senada - is coming off a decent third last time out in the Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland in April but before that was a disappointing seventh in the Grade 3 Orchid Stakes at Gulfstream in March. In 20 career starts Senada has just two wins including the Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes at Keeneland in October. She has two third place finishes in three starts in 2012.

The West Rim - Chad Brown mare has two wins and three seconds in nine starts this year. Her last four starts have been Claiming races in New York where she has recorded two wins and two seconds.

2012 Long Island Handicap Entries & Odds

Race 8 on Aqueduct's Saturday card with a Post Time of 3:43 PM.

Post Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 Starformer E. Prado W. Mott
2 Hit It Rich J. Castellano C. McGaughey III
3 Tannery (IRE) A. Garcia A. Goldberg
4 Kissable (IRE) J. Velazquez R. Attfield
5 Mystical Star R. Dominguez C. Clement
6 Aigue Marine (GB) I. Ortiz, Jr. N. Clement
7 The West Rim R. Maragh N. Chatterpaul
8 Senada C. Velasquez J. Sheppard
9 Clarinet J. Rosario J. Carroll
10 Centring (MTO) unknown jockey T. Albertrani

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