Red Smith Handicap


Red Smith Handicap

The Red Smith Handicap is an American turf race for thoroughbred horses open to three-year-olds and up and set at a distance of one and three-eighths miles. Run annually in November at Aqueduct Racetrackin Queens, New York City, it is a Grade II event and offers a purse of $150,000.

Until 1981, this race was known as "The Edgemere Handicap." It is now named the Red Smith in honor of the late Walter "Red" Smith, an honored and respected sports columnist for over 45 years who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1976.

The Edgemere Handicap was also the name of a mile and a furlong race on the main track last run in 1957.

The Red Smith was run at a mile and a sixteenth in 1977, at a mile and three sixteenths from 1963 to 1967, and a mile and a quarter from 1972 to 1976, as well as from 1978 to 1993. It was held in two divisions in 1977, 1983, and 1986, and not run at all in 1979. It raced once at Aqueduct Race Track in 1997.

Past winners

* 2007 - Dave (Joe Bravo)
* 2006 - Naughty New Yorker (Jean-Luc Samyn) (moved to dirt due to conditions of turf)
* 2005 - King's Drama (Edgar Prado)
* 2004 - Dreadnaught (Jean-Luc Samyn)
* 2003 - Balto Star (John Velazquez)
* 2002 - Evening Attire (Shaun Bridgmohan)
* 2001 - Mr Pleasentfar (Jose Santos)
* 2000 - Cetewayo (Richard Migliore)
* 1999 - Monarch's Maze (Joe Bravo)
* 1998 - Musical Ghost (John Velazquez)
* 1997 - Instant Friendship (John Velazquez)
* 1996 - Mr. Bluebird (Mike E. Smith)
* 1995 - Flag Down (Jose Santos)
* 1994 - Franchise Player (Dale Beckner)
* 1993 - Royal Mountain Inn (Julie Krone)
* 1992 - Montserrat (Julie Krone)
* 1991 - Who's To Pay (Jerry Bailey)
* 1990 - Yankee Affair (Jose Santos)
* 1989 - Rambo Dancer (Jose Santos)
* 1988 - Pay The Butler (Robbie Davis)
* 1987 - Theatrical (Pat Day)
* 1986 - Equalize (Walter Guerra)
* 1986 - Divulge (Jean Cruguet)
* 1985 - Sharannpour (Angel Cordero, Jr.)
* 1984 - Hero's Honor (Jerry Bailey)
* 1983 - Super Surprize (Craig Perret)
* 1983 - Thunder Puddles (Jean Luc-Samyn)
* 1982 - Highland Blade (Jacinto Vasquez)
* 1981 - Match The Hatch (Kenny Skinner)
* 1980 - Marquee Universal (Hector Pilar)
* 1979 - Waya (Angel Cordero, Jr.)
* 1978 - Tiller (Jeffrey Fell)
* 1977 - Quick Card (Angel Codero, Jr.)
* 1976 - Erwin Boy (Ron Turcotte)
* 1975 - Telefonico (Craig Perret)
* 1974 - Take Off (Ron Turcotte)
* 1973 - Red Reality (Jorge Velasquez)
* 1972 - New Alibhai (Frank Iannelli)
* 1971 - Drumtop (Chuck Baltazar)
* 1970 - Drumtop (Angel Cordero, Jr.)
* 1969 - Majetta (Angel Cordero, Jr.)
* 1968 - High Hat (Eddie Belmonte)
* 1967 - Ginger Fizz (Fernando Toro)
* 1966 - Spoon Bait (John L. Rotz)
* 1965 - Tentacle (Bobby Ussery)
* 1964 - Will I Rule (Braulio Baeza)
* 1963 - Vimy Ridge (Sam Boulmetis, Sr.)
* 1962 - Wise Ship (Heliodoro Gustines)
* 1961 - Wolfram (Ismael Valenzuela)
* 1960 - North Pole (Sam Boulmetis, Sr.)


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