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Jean-Luc Samyn celebrates his win aboard Naughty New Yorker
The $150,000 Red Smith Handicap (G2) at 1 3/8 miles on the turf is traditionally the last stakes race on the turf in New York, however, this year’s edition had to be moved to the main track due to heavy rains on Wednesday. As a result, all but 5 of the originally drawn 16 starters were scratched, the distance was cut back to 1 1/4 miles, and the race was downgraded to Grade 3 pending a review by the Graded Stakes Committee. Not surprisingly, the two shortest odds horses in the field were entered as "main track only", with Angliana sent off as the 8-5 favorite off his 2-race win streak in optional claimer company. The 2-1 second choice was Naughty New Yorker, winner of the Noble Nashua and the General McArthur, before finishing sixth in the Empire Classic last out.
First time by with Naughty New Yorker already out front.
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 14 Naughty New Yorker Samyn 5.90 3.10 2.50 15 Angliana Jara 2.80 2.20 4 Crown Point Espinoza 2.70 $2 Exacta 14-15 paid 11.60 $2 Trifecta 14-15-4 paid 24.80 Winning Time: 2:04.52Results Chart from DRF
Naughty New Yorker in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Pat Kelly said, "We were all set to run next week in the Stuyvesant. We'll take the bigger purse. I (nominated) him to the (Cigar) Mile, just in case Discreet Cat gets a headache or something. He was running easy today and not fighting. It's nice to win an open stakes. Hopefully, he'll keep going for a while and win some more. I wouldn't run him back in the Stuyvesant. I'd rather keep an eye on the other race, because we've got the Queens County coming up, too."
Naughty New Yorker returns after the race. Winning jockey Jean-Luc Samyn said, "I'm just happy to be reunited with my big horse and on top of that be back in the winner's circle. I lost him when I got hurt in Saratoga. For at Kelly to put him in this race 'main-track-only' worked out well. He's got plenty of speed and in the first sixteenth, he takes his time, but then after that he goes."
Second place finisher Angliana. (left)
Third place finisher Crown Point. (right)
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