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Heaven’s Runway takes off in Big A’s Fall Highweight ‘Cap

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NEW YORK (AP) Heaven’s Runway rallied past odd-on favorite Stallwalkin’ Dude for a 32-1 upset Thursday in the $200,000 Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct.

The 6-year-old trained by Rudy Rodriguez and ridden by Junior Alvarado surged in deep stretch for a neck victory over the 4-5 choice.

Heaven’s Runway got his first win in nine starts this season, his sixth in 41 races overall.

The time was 1:10.19 for the six furlongs.

Heaven’s Runway paid $66.50, $16.20 and $9.30.

Stallwalkin’ Dude returned $2.80 and $2.20, and Ready for Rye paid $3.50 to show.

In earlier stakes results, Catapult, the 3-2 favorite, beat Strike Midnight by 1\ lengths in the $125,000 Gio Ponte for 3-year-olds on the turf.

Jockey Javier Castelllano and trainer Chad Brown teamed to guide the colt to his third win in six starts. He paid $5.10 to win.

– Yorkiepoo Princess upset 1-5 favorite Eloquent Riddle by 2} lengths in the $100,000 Furlough for 2-year-old fillies.

Irad Ortiz, Jr. was aboard for trainer Edward Barker as Yorkiepoo Princess got her second win in five races. She paid $9.20 to win.

Lockdown wins by 2 1/2 lengths in Aqueduct’s Busanda Stakes

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NEW YORK (AP) Lockdown won her stakes debut Sunday, beating Libby’s Tail by 2+ lengths in the $100,000 Busanda for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.

Libby’s Tail, the 3-5 favorite, set the pace with Lockdown right behind before taking charge and turning for home.

Kendrick Carmouche rode for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott as Lockdown got her second win in three starts.

“She has such a long stride, you just have to time her run and she’ll take you home from there,” Carmouche said.

The time was 1:44.75 for the one mile, 70 yards.

Lockdown, the 2-1 second choice, paid $6.60, $2.50 and $2.10. Libby’s Tail returned $2.30 and $2.10 and No Sweat paid $3.20 to show.

More New Orleans Fair Grounds horses test positive for equine herpes

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NEW ORLEANS — Officials at the New Orleans Fair Grounds say more horses have tested positive for equine herpes this week, resulting in the lengthening and expansion of existing quarantines.

The Receiving Barn returned a pair of positive tests, while two other barns returned 28 positive tests combined, resulting in 14-day quarantines being reset.

An additional barn was placed under quarantine when one horse there tested positive.

The virus, called EHV-1, is latent in many horses, but symptoms can emerge periodically, making it contagious. EHV-1 can cause respiratory or neurological problems, as well as aborted or unhealthy pregnancies.

Racing continues at the Fair Grounds, where officials say they’re working with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture to find places outside the Fair Grounds to isolate infected horses.