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Red Smith Handicap

November 5, 2013

Location: Aqueduct Racetrack
Inaugurated: 1960
Race type: Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Distance 1 3/8 miles (11 furlongs)
Track: Grass, left-handed
Qualification: Three-year-olds & up
Weight: Assigned
Purse: $150,000

The Red Smith Handicap is a race on turf open to horses age three and older, it is run on the first week of November at Aqueduct. The inaugural race was in 1960 under the name, the Edgemere Handicap. In 1981, it changed to Red Smith Handicap.

In his second year, Boisterous scored an easy victory in the Grade 2, $200,000 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, wrapping up his season with identical back-to-back stakes wins.

A repeat winner of last month’s Grade 3 Knickerbocker at Belmont Park, Boisterous lived up to his role as the 2-5 favorite as he successfully defended his title in the 53rd edition of the Red Smith in 2012. With Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado aboard, the 5-year-old son of Distorted Humor tracked Bombaguia through tepid fractions of 52.29 seconds for the opening half-mile mile and 1:43.23 for the mile, moved into striking position around the final turn and took command at the head of the stretch before drawing clear to a three-length victory over Lake Drop.

Boisterous completed 1 3/8 miles in 2:19.38 over the yielding turf course.

“The horse ran huge,” said Prado. “He showed up one more time and did it pretty easily.”

The victory was the third in seven 2012 starts for Boisterous, who also won the Grade 3 Fort Marcy in May at Belmont, ran second in the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap and third in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap. His only off-the-board performance came in August when he finished ninth, beaten 5 ¾ lengths, in the Grade 1 Arlington Million.

“He wasn’t beaten that badly [in the Million], but I think he’s the kind of horse who appreciates the fall weather more than the summer heat,” said Buzzy Tenney, assistant to winning Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey. “I believe this will be the last race of the year for him. We’ll take him down to Florida and bring him back in the spring, just like last year.”


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Red Smith Handicap Past Winners



2012 Boisterous Edgar Prado 02:19.4
2011 Boisterous Alan Garcia 02:20.3
2010 Grassy Joe Bravo 02:20.1
2009 Expansion Channing Hill 02:18.9
2008 Strike a Deal Chuck C. Lopez 02:23.3
2007 Dave Joe Bravo 02:21.4
2006 Naughty New Yorker Jean-Luc Samyn 02:04.5
2005 King's Drama Edgar Prado 02:15.4
2004 Dreadnaught Jean-Luc Samyn 02:18.9
2003 Balto Star John Velazquez 02:18.9
2002 Evening Attire Shaun Bridgmohan 02:14.8
2001 Mr. Pleasentfar Jose A. Santos 02:16.9
2000 Cetewayo Richard Migliore 02:17.9
1999 Monarch's Maze Joe Bravo 02:14.4
1998 Musical Ghost John Velazquez 02:15.5
1997 Instant Friendship John Velazquez 02:17.1
1996 Mr. Bluebird Mike E. Smith 02:15.3
1995 Flag Down Jose A. Santos 02:22.0
1994 Franchise Player Dale Beckner 02:20.5
1993 Royal Mountain Inn Julie Krone 01:59.8
1992 Montserrat Julie Krone 02:00.2
1991 Who's To Pay Jerry Bailey 01:58.0
1990 Yankee Affair Jose A. Santos 02:00.2

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