Red Smith Handicap

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Red Smith Handicap
Grade III race
Location Aqueduct Racetrack
Queens, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1960
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Aqueduct Racetrack at the NYRA
Race information
Distance 1 38 miles (11 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $200,000 (2016)

The Red Smith Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York. A race on turf open to horses age three and older, it is run in the first week of November over a distance of 1 38 miles (11 furlongs).

Inaugurated in 1960, it was run as the Edgemere Handicap until 1981. Previously, there had been a race on dirt known as the Edgemere Handicap which was contested at a distance of a mile and one furlong. It was last run in 1957.

This turf race was renamed the Red Smith Handicap in honor of the late Walter "Red" Smith, an honored and respected sports columnist for over 45 years who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1976.

Since inception, the Red Smith Handicap has been run at various distances:

  • 1 38 miles : 1960-1962, 1968–1971, 1994–2005, 2007 to present
  • 1 316 miles : 1963 to 1967
  • 1 116 miles : 1977
  • 1 14 miles : 1972 to 1976, 1978–1993, 2006

Hosted by:

  • Belmont Park : 1960-1962, 1968–1993
  • Aqueduct Racetrack : 1963-1967, 1994 to present

The Red Smith Handicap was raced on dirt in 1984 and 1997 and run in two divisions in 1977, 1983, and 1986. There was no race in 1979.

Records[edit]

Speed record: (at current distance of 1 38 miles)

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2016 Bigger Picture 5 Jose L. Ortiz Michael J. Maker Three Diamonds Farm 2:15.46
2015 Mr. Maybe 4 Irad Ortiz Jr. Chad C. Brown Dubb/Highclere America 2:17.49
2014 Dynamic Sky 4 Cornelio Velasquez Mark E. Casse John C. Oxley 2:18.85
2013 Imagining 5 Joel Rosario Claude R. McGaughey III Phipps Stable 2:18.43
2012 Boisterous 5 Edgar Prado Shug McGaughey Phipps Stable 2:19.38
2011 Boisterous 4 Alan Garcia Shug McGaughey Phipps Stable 2:20.26
2010 Grassy 4 Joe Bravo Christophe Clement Claiborne Farm/Dilschneider 2:20.06
2009 Expansion 4 Channing Hill Chad Brown Gary and Mary West 2:18.93
2008 Strike a Deal 4 Chuck C. Lopez Alan E. Goldberg Jayeff B Stables 2:23.28
2007 Dave 6 Joe Bravo Barclay Tagg Partingglass Stable et al. 2:21.45
2006 Naughty New Yorker 5 Jean-Luc Samyn Patrick J. Kelly Fox Ridge Farm Inc. 2:04.52
2005 King's Drama 5 Edgar Prado Robert J. Frankel Gary A. Tanaka 2:15.37
2004 Dreadnaught 4 Jean-Luc Samyn Thomas Voss Trillium Stable 2:18.87
2003 Balto Star 5 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Anstu Stables 2:18.86
2002 Evening Attire 4 Shaun Bridgmohan Patrick J. Kelly J. M. Grant/T. J. Kelly 2:14.81
2001 Mr. Pleasentfar 4 Jose A. Santos Martin D. Wolfson Raja Malek 2:16.94
2000 Cetewayo 6 Richard Migliore Michael Dickinson Dr. John Chandler 2:17.93
1999 Monarch's Maze 3 Joe Bravo Patrick J. Kelly Live Oak Racing 2:14.44
1998 Musical Ghost 6 John Velazquez Mark A. Hennig Edward P. Evans 2:15.53
1997 Instant Friendship 4 John Velazquez Leo O'Brien Sultan Al Kabeer 2:17.08
1996 Mr. Bluebird 5 Mike E. Smith John C. Kimmel Thomas R. Warfield 2:15.35
1995 Flag Down 5 Jose A. Santos Christophe Clement Allen E. Paulson 2:22.03
1994 Franchise Player 5 Dale Beckner Philip G. Johnson Austin K. Smith 2:20.53
1993 Royal Mountain Inn 4 Julie Krone Barclay Tagg Steadfast Stable 1:59.80
1992 Montserrat 4 Julie Krone W. Elliott Walden Preston Madden 2:00.20
1991 Who's To Pay 5 Jerry Bailey MacKenzie Miller Rokeby Stables 1:58.00
1990 Yankee Affair 8 Jose A. Santos Henry L. Carroll Ju Ju Gen Stable 2:00.20
1989 Rambo Dancer 5 Jose A. Santos Leroy Jolley Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum 2:01.00
1988 Pay the Butler 4 Robbie Davis Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 2:01.40
1987 Theatrical 5 Pat Day William I. Mott Bertram R. Firestone 2:00.80
1986 Equalize 4 Walter Guerra Jan H. Nerud Tartan Stable 2:02.20
1986 Divulge 5 Jean Cruguet Gasper Moschera Albert Davis 1:59.00
1985 Sharannpour 4 Angel Cordero Jr. Robert J. Frankel Jerry Moss 2:04.20
1984 Hero's Honor 4 Jerry Bailey MacKenzie Miller Rokeby Stables 2:02.20
1983 Super Sunrise 4 Craig Perret Warren A. Croll Jr. Blanche P. Levy 2:06.80
1983 Thunder Puddles 4 Jean-Luc Samyn John P. Campo Rockwood Stable 2:06.40
1982 Highland Blade 4 Jacinto Vasquez David A. Whiteley Pen Y Bryn Farm 2:06.40
1981 Match the Hatch 5 Kenny Skinner Philip G. Johnson Kathy M. Johnson 1:59.60
1980 Marquee Universal 4 Hector Pilar Alec Bullock G. Freed 1:58.80
1979 Waya 5 Angel Cordero Jr. David A. Whiteley Peter M. Brant 2:04.20
1978 Tiller 4 Jeffrey Fell David A. Whiteley William H. Perry 2:00.20
1977 Clout 5 George Martens William O. Hicks Cambridge Stable 1:40.00
1977 Quick Card 4 Angel Cordero Jr. Thomas J. Kelly John M. Schiff 1:39.60
1976 Erwin Boy 5 Ron Turcotte James P. Conway Sea High Stable 2:01.20
1975 Telefonico 4 Craig Perret Lou M. Goldfine Roberto Barcala 2:03.00
1974 Take Off 5 Ron Turcotte Frank Catrone Ada L. Rice 2:00.40
1973 Red Reality 7 Jorge Velasquez MacKenzie Miller Cragwood Stables 2:13.20
1972 New Alibhai 4 Frank Iannelli Ralph W. McIlvain Elcee H Stable 2:02.40
1971 Drumtop 5 Chuck Baltazar Roger Laurin James B. Moseley 2:16.60
1970 Drumtop 4 Angel Cordero Jr. Roger Laurin James B. Moseley 2:20.40
1969 Majetta 5 Angel Cordero Jr. Angel Penna Sr. Gustave Ring 2:19.00
1968 High Hat 4 Eddie Belmonte Kay E. Jensen Mrs. Wallace Gilroy 2:20.20
1967 Ginger Fizz 5 Fernando Toro Thomas J. Kelly Mrs. J. R. H. Thouron 1:55.00
1966 Spoon Bait 4 John L. Rotz Ivor G. Balding C. V. Whitney 1:54.40
1965 Tenacle 5 Bobby Ussery Homer C. Pardue Joseph R. Straus 1:55.40
1964 Will I Rule 5 Braulio Baeza Joe Nash Fitz Eugene Dixon Jr. 1:55.80
1963 Vimy Ridge 4 Sam Boulmetis Thomas J. Barry Frank E. Power 1:59.40
1962 Wise Ship 5 Heliodoro Gustines Jacob Byer Milton J. Ritzenberg 2:16.00
1961 Wolfram 5 Ismael Valenzuela Burley Parke Harbor View Farm 2:15.00
1960 North Pole II 4 Sam Boulmetis Sr. Sidney J. Smith John S. Kroese 2:15.00

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