House Rules earns gritty score in Top Flight
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House Rules, a former protégé of the late Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, prevailed in a desperate three-horse scramble to the wire to score a popular victory in the Grade 3, $200,000 Top Flight Handicap for older fillies and mares on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

A four-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor, House Rules made a name for herself last winter in Florida, where, under the care of Jerkens, she finished second in the Grade 2 Davona Dale and Grade 2 Gulfstream Oaks.

Transferred to Jerkens’ son, Jimmy, later in the year after some uninspiring starts, the brown filly logged a pair of wins on the NYRA circuit before becoming a stakes winner in her 4-year-old debut - the Bal Harbour Handicap at Gulfstream.

In her next start, House Rules became a graded stakes winner, taking the Grade 3 Rampart at Gulfstream by 1 ½ lengths.

“When we got her to Florida, we didn’t know what to make of the race in the Comely [her final start as a 3-year-old],” said Jerkens. “But once she got down there, she was like a bear, so we just ran her.”

Sent off as the 2-5 favorite in the Top Flight, House Rules found a cozy spot along the rail in the early stages of the 1 1/8-mile race - waiting patiently as Amulay led the field for three-quarters, with Shayjolie and Before You Know It in close pursuit - and continued to save ground as the field rounded the far turn.

With front-runners Shayjolie and Before You Know It in her sights turning for home, House Rules swung out into the three-path under Junior Alvarado and kicked into gear, but could not make an appreciable dent in the leaders’ advantage in early stretch.

By the eighth pole, it appeared any of the three could win, but a determined House Rules found another gear in the final sixteenth and swept past the pair to prevail by a half-length.

“I had a good trip the whole way saving ground,” said Alvarado. “That’s what Jimmy told me to do, so we could take advantage of our position by stalking and just seeing what horses I could follow.”

With the win, House Rules boosted her bankroll to $533,703.

(Sean Morris) NYRA hiring at Belmont

The New York Racing Association will host a series of job fairs for the newly expanded Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.

Kicking off on Thursday, June 4, and continuing through Saturday, June 6, the festival will feature world-acclaimed entertainment, premium hospitality options and three days of world class racing.

NYRA is seeking individuals to serve as temporary guest services representatives, betting clerks, whitecaps, ushers, and parking and cleaning staff.

NYRA annually hires approximately 1,200 temporary employees to serve guests and support operations during Belmont Stakes Week. Forum Staffing Services will be hosting six job fairs at Aqueduct Racetrack and Belmont Park:

• From noon to 5 p.m., Friday, April 24, and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Aqueduct Racetrack.

• From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, at Belmont Park.

• From 2 until 6 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at Belmont Park.

• From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Belmont Park.

Aqueduct Racetrack is located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, South Ozone Park, and

Belmont Park is located at 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont.

Applicants for positions other than betting clerks must be at least 16 years of age with working papers and have with them two forms of identification. Betting clerk applicants must be at least 18 years of age, present a current resume, and have a minimum of three years of cash-handling experience.

For more information regarding available positions, prospective employees are encourages to contact Forum Staffing Services at (212) 973-3602 or by e-mailing

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