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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
2. Antitrust


NFL
Giants over Lions (5)
Raiders over Saints (3)
Falcons over 49ers (5)

Home 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 Saturday.

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 younger generation.

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 turf.

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 Edgar Prado.

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.