2013 Red Smith Handicap

Aqueduct’s Red Smith Handicap

HyperIt’s time to preview the $200,000 Grade 3 Red Smith Handicap for three year olds and upward going a distance of 1 3/8 miles over the turf course at Aqueduct. First in the Morning line is Todd Pletcher’s Percussion, a 5 year old gelding by Bluegrass Cat. If the race goes to the main track, he will be the favorite, but if it stays on the turf he will not be in the race at all. At the time of this writing I am not sure what the weather will be at Aqueduct for this race, so keep that in mind in your handicapping efforts. Next in the  ML is Chad Brown’s Hyper, a six year old horse out of the Belmont Stakes winner Victory Gallop with Javier Castellano in the irons. This horse probably could be the favorite here because he has not been worse than 3rd in eight starts this year. He won the 11/4 Bowling Green Handicap which was a Grade 2 event in September at Belmont. He has a stalking type running style, but on occasion has come from the back of the pack. He has the speed figures to get the job done and appears to love the turf wherever he goes.

TanneryThirdly  in the ML is Claude McGaughey’s Imagining. Imagining is a 5 year old horse out of Giant’s Causeway and will be ridden by Joel Rosario. He really likes to be on or close to the lead, but he hasn’t finished in the money in a Graded stakes event since 2011. I am going to give you one more since we don’t know if Percussion will be in the race and that horse is Alan Goldberg’s Tannery ridden by Alex Solis. Tannery just finished winning the Grade 1 EP Taylor at Woodbine in Canada. He likes to come off the pace and has been working well as of late. I really like a horse that is lightly raced in here and that horse is Clement Christophe’s Quick Casablanca. Ridden by Junior Alvarado, this 5 year old horse likes to be on or close to the lead and was 4th to Hyper in the Bowling Green. I believe he will steal away with easy early fractions and prevail at the wire with Hyper second and Tannery third. Good luck guys and gals!




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