NY horse racing partnership finding success

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By PAUL ANTONELLI

Recorder Sports Editor

Aaron Cotugno has been a fan of thoroughbred horse racing ever since he was old enough to walk, when his uncle, John Liggero Jr., took him and the rest of the family to Saratoga Race Course every year on Opening Day.

It was there that his uncle, who had a table on the third level of the clubhouse near the finish line for every meet, held his annual gathering with family and friends to watch the greatest horses in the world compete at the sport’s most prestigious meet.

Decades later, Cotugno, a resident of Amsterdam with his wife Nicole and two sons Carson and Spencer, is a player in the thoroughbred business, calling the shots for Take A Shot Stables — a small partnership comprised of about five or six investors in each thoroughbred. The partnership currently has three horses in training, Free Kitty, Smiles from Sadie and I’m Elmer J. Fudd.

Last Thursday, Cotugno’s group pulled off a rarity and a first for the partnership, with …

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Rich Nilsen is a 15-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 twice. He cashed on the NHC Tour for 2018 with a 19th overall finish. Rich was also a winner of a $24,000 package into Kentucky Derby Betting Championship I. A former executive with Brisnet.com, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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