With just over a month left before the Big Apple drops into Times Square to usher in 2023, with winter and the holiday season fast approaching, the curtain is about to fall on the lawn in New York.
The final turf racing weekend of 2022 will see the last rated turf stakes of the year at the New York Race Association track with Saturday’s 63rd edition of the $300,000 Red Smith Stakes (G2T).
A stuffed field of 14 (including only two starters on the main course) is drawn for a 1 3/8 mile contest that for some will provide one last chance to score an elusive first win in 2022.
One of the newbies in this frustrating situation with squatting but no bet is winning Soldier height . 4 years Frankel gelding has earned over $700,000 in a 14-race career featuring three placements in Grade I or II stakes but no wins.
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Trained by Christophe Clement for Michael Dopp, Maurice Bailey, Madakit’s Wonder Staples and Michael Caruso, he had two good chances of a career-high victory on his debut but racing luck worked against him in a pair of 1 1/2 mile stakes. He took a six-point lead while finishing a narrow third in the Resorts World Casino Sword Dancer Stakes (G1T) at Saratoga Race Course Then he was fourth behind War is like gods in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes (G1T) at Aqueduct after running into traffic problems in the stretch.
“He didn’t have a lot of luck racing Joe Hirsch,” Clement said. “He had to check the eighth pole and he’s a steady runner. He doesn’t have much spin. If he loses momentum it will be hard for him. The filly was much better but I thought he could have been a closer or a second with a good ride.”
out th pivotal Desert mare, Soldier Rising began his career in France with two wins and two seconds before being sold and shipped to the United States for a summer campaign as a 3-year-old. His first start for his new connections was a second in the 2021 Saratoga Derby Invitational Stakes (G1T). Three starts later, he ended the year with a third-place finish to Red Smith, having been beaten half a length after bouncing back from the tenth and last.
“He’s a nice horse. He’s competitive,” said Clement. “Okay, try and win bets with him. It’s going to be the last race of the year for him, and then we’re going to pull the plug.”
Will Farish The highest honors He will be looking for his first betting points since the 2019 Curlin Stakes. Son 6 years old carpet He started his last four matches in the stakes for trainer Chad Brown and was off at three and a quarter lengths.
Last time out, he was third in the 1 1/2 mile Sycamore Stakes (G3T) at Keenelandlosing by 1 1/4 lengths after a slow start.
Brown will also send Peter Brandt a message Balthus a son of Galileo who made a dreadful ride when fifth by a length and a half in the Sycamore.
Paradise Farms and David Studachter temple He won the Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2T) in March but was unbeaten in his last four starts. 6 years Temple City The Mike Maker-trained gelding’s last start was the best of those last starts as he finished second by a length to the Sycamore.
John O’Connor astronaut He will be chasing his first win since taking the 2021 Del Mar Handicap presented by the Japan Racing Association (G2T). Trained by Tom Albertrani, quality road The 5-year-old finished third on Team Joe Hirsch during his second start of the year.
Money Luv And the Australia The 4-year-old who was in Group 2 in Italy will make his second start in the United States after winning the July 27 race at Saratoga for trainer Bill Mott and his companions Valor International Team, Beverly Steinman and Sharon Sheppard.
Also among the entries is Barry Schwartz’s New York-bred Hard cold cash a McClain’s Music who was seventh for trainer Linda Rice in Sword Dancer, and behind in the running back Sovereign spirit a war front who finished second in the Louisville Stakes (G3T) earlier in the year to trainer Al Stall Jr. and owner/breeder of Town and Country Racing.
Entries: Red Smith S. (G2T)
Aqueduct Raceway, Saturday November 26, 2022, Race 9
- Grade IIT
- 1 3/8m
- 3 yo and up
- 3:43 pm (local)