Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Racing Celebrating the Sport of Kings...in Queens

Community Board #10 Chair Betty Braton, State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, and State Senator Serphin Maltese assembled in the Aqueduct Racetrack winner's circle on Saturday to present the trophy for the 103rd running of the Queens County Handicap to Mike Luzzi and Jeff Runco, jockey and trainer of winning horse Researcher, while friends and family look on.

The jockey attributed the win to the "perfect trip" Researcher had around the Aqueduct oval, but the trainer's trip was anything but perfect trip. “This is my first graded stakes win and it means even more getting it in New York. But I almost didn’t get to New York. My flight got delayed into JFK and I only got here a half hour before the race,” Runco said.