Boisterous Bangs Out Easy Win in Red Smith

Two-length tally follows earlier victory in Knickerbocker for Phipps Stable homebred.

Boisterous  wrapped up his 4-year-old campaign on a high note Nov. 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack, coming from off the pace for a two-length victory over Bold Hawk in the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT).

The victory was the second straight in a graded stakes for the Phipps Stable homebred, coming three weeks after his half-length triumph in the Knickerbocker Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.

“I’m tickled to death with his last two races,” said Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, who prior to the Knickerbocker had saddled Boisterous to a fifth-place finish in the word Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) and a third-place finish in the Man o’ War (gr. IT).

“We got off track this summer a little bit, backed up for the Knickerbocker, and I thought he ran really well there," McGaughey said. "I thought he ran really well today and Alan (Garcia) rode him great. He was a little bit sharp, and I was a little bit afraid of that, but Alan said he settled right in perfectly for him.”

With Garcia aboard for the first time, the Distorted Humor  colt settled in mid-pack as Harrods Creek led the field of seven through an opening quarter-mile in :26.63, a half in :52.56 and a mile in 1:44.56. Gaining steadily on the turn, Boisterous launched his rally on the outside at the top of the stretch and took command with less than a furlong to go.

His winning time for the 1 3/8 miles over a turf course rated “good” was 2:20.26.

“At the three-eighths I asked him a little bit to see what I had. I was watching for the favorite (Grassy) to come to me, but he never showed up and I said ‘This horse is going to win!’” said Garcia, who had three victories on the card.

Bold Hawk outkicked Harrods Creek for second, with 8-5 favorite Grassy finishing fourth. Radical Sabbatical, Exclusive Strike, and Perfect Footprint completed the order of finish.

The 2-1 second choice, Boisterous returned $6 for a $2 win bet and earned $90,000, extending his bankroll to $365,057. Overall, the dark bay colt is 6-0-1 from 14 lifetime starts, including four wins this year.