Anofferucantrefuse Can't Be Denied in A.P Smithwick

Anofferucantrefuse Can't Be Denied in A.P Smithwick
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Anofferucantrefuse wins the Smithwick.
Fox Ridge Farm's homebred Anofferucantrefuse went straight to the lead and never wavered over 2 1/16 miles to win in the A.P. Smithwick Memorial Handicap (NSA-II) at Saratoga Race Course Thursday.

Anofferyoucantrefuse, who was entering off a victory in the Ferguson Memorial Handicap (NSA-II) at odds of 21-1 at Colonial Downs July 12, opened up six lengths on the field after one mile and maintained a seven-length edge entering the final turn. He then cleared the final two jumps and crossed the wire 4 1/2 lengths in front of Praise the Prince, who rallied past Tres Touche for second down the stretch.

"He jumped pretty easily," said winning rider Cyril Murphy. "The horse is pretty confident right now. At the moment, he feels like he should be running in Sword Dancer on Saturday. That's how much confidence he has in himself."

Trezibond was another four lengths back of Tres Touche in fourth.

Anofferucantrefuse has now won five of 13 starts over the jumps and six of 21 in his career. The $48,780 winner's share of the purse boosts his career earnings to $223,470.

"I really don't know what happened to wake him up in his last race; it didn't add up and I have no explanation," said winning trainer Tom Voss. "I don't know if it is him getting the easy lead and being brave, or that he is not bleeding through the Lasix.

Anofferyoucantrefuse paid $11.40, $4.20, and $2.50. Bred in Kentucky, the 6-year-old son of Red Ransom is out of the Val de lOrne mare Valid Offer.

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