Red Smith

Village King Crowned In Dramatic Off-The-Turf Red Smith

Village King, expertly handled by Javier Castellano, nosed out Soglio in a dramatic photo finish to capture the off-the-turf Grade 3 Red Smith on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trained by Todd Pletcher for Angels of Catalina Inc., Village King and Soglio tracked pacesetters Exulting and Control Group through a quarter-mile in 25.20 seconds and the […]

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Weekend Lineup: Grade 3 Trio

A trio of graded stakes highlight this Saturday’s racing action in North America, starting with the G3 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct. The 1 3/8-mile turf contest drew three entrants from trainer Mike Maker, including the 5-2 morning line favorite Zulu Alpha. The New York-bred Call Provision has a strong chance for trainer Chad Brown, […]

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Spring Quality Edges Call Provision In Red Smith

Augustin Stable’s Spring Quality thrived in the longest race of his career, edging Call Provision in deep stretch to win the Grade 3, $200,000 Red Smith for 3-year-olds and up Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, Spring Quality stayed just off 49-1 shot Memories of Peter’s early speed, going a […]

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Zoetis Presents Bloodlines: ‘Forty Coats’ And The Tale Of Mr Maybe

With a victory in the Grade 3 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct on Nov. 14, Mr Maybe became the latest stakes winner and graded winner for Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, the most successful stallion son of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Awesome Again. Journalist and racing scribe Red Smith, for whom the handicap was named, […]

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New Book Highlights Red Smith’s Love Affair With Racing

A new book of old prose from iconic racing writer Red Smith samples the experiences of a journalist fortunate enough to write about great horses from Seabiscuit to Spectacular Bid, according to a report in The Atlantic. Smith wrote for the New York Herald Tribune and later The New York Times, on everything from great […]

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Boisterous easily wins Red Smith

In one of only two graded stakes races not at Santa Anita on Saturday, Boisterous defended his 2011 victory in the the Red Smith Handicap (gr. II) on the inner dirt track at Aqueduct. The 5-year-old horse covered the 1 3/8 mile distance in a time of 2:19.38 with Edgar Prado on his back. It […]

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NOVAK: Stall set to live Breeders’ Cup dreams

Claire Novak, who according to her official website biography “writes in the style of legends such as Red Smith Joe Palmer, and Grantland Rice”, gives a depiction of trainer Al Stall Jr. as a boy who always figured he’d be a part of racing history. Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Blame is certainly his chance to […]

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SPORTSWRITER VIC ZIEGEL PASSES AWAY

Much-loved sportswriter and editor Vic Ziegel, who covered everything from Muhammad Ali to the New York Mets, died of lung cancer this morning. He twice won Red Smith awards for Kentucky Derby coverage and was an avid horse racing fan. Below are two tribute columns from the New York Times and New York Daily News. […]

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