Friday, November 17, 2000
Late run could take Red Smith
By David Grening Daily Racing Form
JAMAICA, N.Y. -- With Saturday's
$150,000 Red Smith Handicap serving as
the last graded turf stakes of the year in New
York, it is no surprise the race drew an
overflow field of 15.
Horse Racing The Mrs. Revere 1. Princess Ellen
The Matiara 1. Vencera
2. Lucky Lune
The Red Smith
Handicap 1. Drama Critic
NFL Giants over
Raiders over Saints
Falcons over 49ers
teams in bold.
Only 14 will be permitted to run in the Grade
2 race, but the field may be further reduced,
depending on the weather. Showers forecast
for Thursday night into Friday could further
dampen a turf course that was labeled soft on
Thursday, meaning horses like Indy Vidual
and Turnofthecentury are likely to pull out.
That would be welcome news to Richard
Schosberg, whose promising 4-year-old
Understood was placed on the also-eligible
list at Thursday's draw.
A soft turf course and a bulky field loaded with front-running types could set things up for
late-running types such as Drama Critic, Dixie's Crown, and Whata Brainstorm.
Dixie's Crown may go off a tepid favorite based on his last race and the presence of Jerry
Bailey in the irons. A son of Dixieland Band, Dixie's Crown is coming off a narrow loss to
Crowd Pleaser in the Sycamore Stakes on Oct. 22 over a yielding Keeneland turf course.
In his only other start over yielding turf, Dixie's Crown won an allowance race, defeating Drama
Critic by a neck.
"He does like give in the ground, but I think he'll run over anything," trainer Tony Reinstedler
said. "He deserves a chance to run in a graded stakes."
Drama Critic turned the tables on Dixie's Crown in April's Grade 3 Elkhorn Stakes at
Keeneland, but is winless in five starts since. His worst effort in that time came in the Sword
Dancer over a soft turf course. Trainer Mark Hennig said there were other factors that
contributed to that performance and he believes Drama Critic will handle the soft turf on
Monarch's Maze became the first 3-year-old to win the Red Smith when he came within a fifth
of a second of the course record last fall. Whata Brainstorm could make it two straight for the
Whata Brainstorm is coming off a decisive victory in the Calder Derby, where he circled the
field and drew off. Trainer Jimmy Picou believes the extra distance will be a plus as will the soft
Wesley Henry was named on Whata Brainstorm, but it is expected that Aaron Gryder will ride
if Turnofthecentury scratches.
Picou will also saddle Val's Prince, who is winless in 13 months and gets a rider change to
With only two races the past two years, Cetewayo is the wild card of the field. He last raced on
July 1, finishing sixth in the Grade 1 United Nations Handicap at Monmouth.