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Boisterous Wins Red Smith Again

14 April 2011. #7 Boisterous and John Velazquez win the 7th race at Keeneland.

Just as he did last year, Boisterous scored an easy victory in the Grade 2, $200,000 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, wrapping up his season with identical back-to-back stakes wins.

A repeat winner of last month’s Grade 3 Knickerbocker at Belmont Park, Boisterous lived up to his role as the 2-5 favorite as he successfully defended his title in the 53rd edition of the Red Smith. With Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado aboard, the 5-year-old son of Distorted Humor tracked Bombaguia through tepid fractions of 52.29 seconds for the opening half-mile mile and 1:43.23 for the mile, moved into striking position around the final turn and took command at the head of the stretch before drawing clear to a three-length victory over Lake Drop.

Boisterous completed 1 3/8 miles in 2:19.38 over the yielding turf course.

“The horse ran huge,” said Prado. “He showed up one more time and did it pretty easily.”

The victory was the third in seven 2012 starts for Boisterous, who also won the Grade 3 Fort Marcy in May at Belmont, ran second in the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap and third in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap. His only off-the-board performance came in August when he finished ninth, beaten 5 ¾ lengths, in the Grade 1 Arlington Million.

“He wasn’t beaten that badly [in the Million], but I think he’s the kind of horse who appreciates the fall weather more than the summer heat,” said Buzzy Tenney, assistant to winning Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey. “I believe this will be the last race of the year for him. We’ll take him down to Florida and bring him back in the spring, just like last year.”

Now 9-1-2 from 21 career starts, Boisterous pushed his earnings to $766,390 with the winner’s purse of $120,000, and returned $2.70 for a $2 win bet.

Runner-up Lake Drop was 4 ¼ lengths in front of Philly Ace, who was followed under the wire by Westside Corral, Game Ball, and Bombaguia. Isn’t He Perfect and Pleasant Prince, entered for the main track only, were scratched.

 

 

 

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