Red Smith 'Cap Features Attractive Rematch

(from Aqueduct report)
One year after Certifiably Crazy and Dreadnaught staged a great stretch battle won by a nose by Dreadnaught, the two square off again Saturday in the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 3/8 miles on the Aqueduct turf.

They'll be joined in the last turf stakes in New York this season by grade I winner King's Drama.

In last year's Smith, Double S Stable's New York-bred Certifiably Crazy set comfortable fractions throughout when confronted by Dreadnaught. Certifiably Crazy dug in gamely but lost a head-bobbing finish.

Forced to miss the state-bred Mohawk Handicap in mid-October because rain washed the race off turf, Certifiably Crazy came back in the Knickerbocker (gr. IIIT) on Oct. 30. The 5-year-old gelding was clear in the stretch but couldn't hold off the European invader Atlando.

"He's coming back on short notice," trainer Richard Schosberg said of the 13 days between starts. "He seemed to bounce out of the Knickerbocker well."

Certifiably Crazy figures to be on or near the lead, where likely favorite King's Drama is also likely to be.

"We have options," Schosberg said. "He won the Ashley T. Cole coming from five lengths back early on. I would think at this distance he'll be right there, but he's very tractable, so it's not a bad situation for us."

King's Drama was very game in a pair of grade I events over the summer in New York, winning Saratoga's Sword Dancer and missing by a neck to Better Talk Now in the Man O' War at Belmont Park. Another 5-year-old gelding, King's Drama disappointed most recently in the Canadian International (Can-I) with an eighth-place finish, especially considering he beat the winner, Relaxed Gesture, in the Sword Dancer.

Trillium Stable's Dreadnaught does not seem quite as sharp in 2005. Winless from five starts this year, Dreadnaught comes off a second-place finish to veteran Rochester in the Sycamore Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) over 12 furlongs at Keeneland.

The Jonathan Sheppard- trained Rochester is also entered in the Red Smith.

Third behind Atlando and Certifiably Crazy in the nine-furlong Knickerbocker was Hilly Fields Stable's Rousing Victory, who may be stronger at longer distances.

Rousing Victory made a big middle move in the Man O' War (gr. IT) and faded to eighth after his premature run. Following that race, the 4-year-old son of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Victory Gallop came down with a respiratory infection, which may have affected his run in the Knickerbocker.

Evening Attire, the favorite in last year's Red Smith, and Kennel Up are entered for the main track only.

$150,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT), 3 & up, 1 3/8 miles (turf)
PP. Horse, Trainer, Jockey, Weight
1. Dreadnaught, Tom Voss, Jean-Luc Samyn, 117
2. Navesink River, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez, 115
3. King's Drama, Bobby Frankel, Edgar Prado, 122
4. Request for Parole, Stanley Hough, Eibar Coa, 115
5. Rochester, Jonathan Sheppard, Jose Santos, 117
6. Affirmative Action, Christophe Clement, Joe Bravo, 112
7. Potro Tell, Kiaran McLaughlin, Fernando Jara, 113
8. Certifiably Crazy, Richard Schosberg, Cornelio Velasquez, 115
9. Rousing Victory, Phil Serpe, Javier Castellano, 114
Main Track Only
10. Evening Attire, Pat Kelly, Jose Santos, 124
11. Kennel Up, H. Allen Jerkens, Javier Castellano, 118
Dreadnaught will race with blinkers.