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Apr 5 2014 Wood Memorial Aqueduct I 1 1/8 Miles 2 REPLAY
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Feb 1 2014 Withers Aqueduct III 1 1/16 Miles 1 REPLAY


Rick Violette Jr.


Rick got his start in the horse industry showing hunters and jumpers and then started galloping race horses part-time. He decided to switch to racing full time and started his own public stable in 1983.  Since then, he has developed many New York and Graded Stakes winners.

Jose Ortiz


Jose Ortiz is a Puerto Rican jockey who currently rides on the New York circuit with his older brother Irad Ortiz Jr. The pair made headlines on January 20, 2013 when they won the first seven races on Aqueduct's card with Jose earning three of the wins.   The Ortiz brothers were encourage to become jockeys by their grandfather, who worked on the backside of racetracks in New York helping newly arrived hispanic jockeys get started in the United States.  Jose moved to the states to ride in 2012.

My Meadowview Farm


My Meadowview is owned by Leonard Riggio, the chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc., the world's largest bookseller. In addition, he is the chairman and principal shareholder of several privately-held companies, including Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, serving more than 500 college and universities across America. In all, the companies run by Mr. Riggio operate almost 3,000 retail stores and employ more than 80,000 people. Beginning with a single college bookstore in 1965, Mr. Riggio built one of the largest enterprises in the history of American retail. Mr. Riggio devotes himself, as well, to many philanthropic initiatives, having served on nearly two dozen not-for-profit boards. Currently, he is chairman of the board of the Dia Art Foundation, an internationally renowned art institution, and serves on the boards of the Children's Defense Fund, the Black Children's Community Crusade, the Brooklyn Tech Foundation, and the Italian American Foundation. He has received numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Frederick Douglas Medallion. He also lectures regularly on college campuses, has delivered several commencement addresses, and has been the keynote speaker to numerous educational and business groups across the country.


Noble Causeway-Little Indian Girl, by Indian Charlie

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Samraat is the best runner so far by Noble Causeway, a well-bred son of European champion and leading sire Giant's Causeway.

Noble Causeway was on the Triple Crown trail in 2005. Second in the Florida Derby, he was a troubled 14th in the Kentucky Derby and sixth in the Preakness. Noble Causeway made an abortive comeback in an allowance that summer at Saratoga, where he was pulled up early, and spent the rest of the season on the sidelines. As an older horse, Noble Causeway captured a 1 1/8-mile allowance, finished third in the Ben Ali, and fourth in a trio of graded stakes, most notably the 1 1/4-mile Suburban.

At stud, Noble Causeway's first couple  of crops included Panamanian stakes winner Vida Noble (who ranked as Panama's champion imported two-year-old filly of 2012) and multiple Ohio-bred stakes victress Private Cause.

But his third crop promises to be better still. In addition to Samraat, his first graded winner, Noble Causeway has another Derby hopeful in Noble Cornerstone, who missed narrowly in last December's Springboard Mile before disappointing as the favorite in the Sam F. Davis.

Samraat is out of Little Indian Girl, once a winner at 1 1/16 miles, and the dam of three other stakes performers: Screen Legend, the third-placer in the 2009 Arlington-Washington Lassie, and the stakes-placed pair of Original Fate (in Japan) and Kaddish.

Little Indian Girl is by speed influence Indian Charlie, the 1998 Santa Anita Derby winner who was third as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby. An outstanding sire, Indian Charlie is responsible for such U.S. champions as Indian Blessing, Uncle Mo and Fleet Indian (who stayed farther than most of her sire's progeny); Canadian champions Roxy Gap and Indian Apple Is; and current Derby hopeful Uncle Sigh.

Indian Charlie appears as the broodmare sire of Canadian Horse of the Year Biofuel and her half-sister and fellow Canadian champion Tu Endie Wei, as well as multiple Grade 2-winning sprinter Gypsy Robin.

Little Indian Girl is herself a half-sister to Grade 1 heroine Nonsuch Bay, who scored her signature win in the 2002 Mother Goose. Nonsuch Bay won three other stakes, including the 2002 Nassau County, and placed in a dozen more, led by the 2003 Go for Wand.

Little Indian Girl and Nonsuch Bay were both produced by Brighter Than Gold, a winning full sister to multiple Ohio-bred stakes vixen Light's Question.

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