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Red Smith Handicap Betting – Howe Great Grabs The Glory At Aqueduct

Posted by on 2/5/2014 4:54:39 AM

Online betting players watching horse racing are gearing up for the end of the year, and the Grade-3 Red Smith Handicap features a purse of $150,000. It is run over 1 3/8 miles on turf, and there are a lot of horses taking part on Saturday, but Howe Great will beat them all to the wire.

What : Horse Betting

When : Saturday, November 16th, post time TBA

Where : Aqueduct Racetrack, Queens, NY

Pick : Howe Great

(All horses entered as of Wednesday, November 13th)

Artic North will make his graded-stakes debut on Saturday after winning two straight starts, although one was an allowance race and one was his maiden. In two starts prior to that, this four-year-old finished fourth and fifth, and he has yet to run longer than 1 1/8 miles.

Exclusive Strike finished sixth in this race two years ago, and has made just one graded-stakes start since, although a third in the Grade-1 Man O’ War Stakes run at 1 3/8 miles back in July is very encouraging. Horse betting players should keep an eye on this six-year-old.

Hangover Kid also finished third in a Grade-1 race in July; the United Nations Stakes. But he is also coming off a sixth in the non-graded Ashley T. Cole in September and you have to wonder which version of this five-year-old will show up on Saturday at Aqueduct.

Howe Great has plenty of graded-stakes events; this will be his 13th start in such a race. He has finished third or better in each of his last four starts, including a third in the Grade-3 Knickbocker Handicap and this four-year-old will probably be one of the horse betting favorites in this race.

Hyper has finished first or second in his last five starts, and he followed up a win in the Bowling Green Handicap with a second in the Grade-1 Canadian International Stakes. This six-year-old can definitely handle the distance and will probably be worth some value on Saturday.

Imagining has won two of his last three starts, but both were non-graded races. He finished sixth in the Grade-1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, and a Grade-3 race may be more appropriate for this five-year-old, which has run over 1 ¼ miles just once.

Mission Approved may be well past his best at nine years old, and an 11th-place result in the non-graded Mohawk in October was his first start in almost two years. However, in 2011, he won the Grade-1 Manhattan Handicap; it is just a matter of whether Mission Approved can still do it.

Nutello raced mostly overseas before coming back to America, finishing third in the Grade-1 Sword Dancer Invitational, and then eighth in the Joe Hirsch. The competition is stiffer on this side of the pond, and this four-year-old may need a little luck to get to the front of the pack.

Percussion has finished third and fourth in his last two starts, both non-graded events, but he did fare well in a pair of handicap races this summer. This five-year-old came in second in the Grade-2 Brooklyn Handicap and then fifth in the Grade-2 Suburban Handicap, and he could be another value pick for horse betting sharps.

Quick Casablanca came in eighth in the Brooklyn Handicap, but responded with a fourth in the Bowling Green Handicap, so he is capable. The five-year-old hails from Chile, so he is still getting used to the level of competition, but there is definitely some speed coming from Quick Casablanca.

Sandyinthesun is starting a graded-stakes race for the first time despite having 19 career starts in allowance/maiden/non-graded events. That means the hopes won’t be high for this six-year-old, which also doesn’t have much experience in distance races as well.

Sky Blazer has three runner-up finishes in his last five starts, but none of those were graded-stakes races. He did finish a respectable third in the Grade-2 Elkhorn in April, so that should give a little hope to some horse betting players.

Slip And Drive made his first start of 2013 in July, finishing eighth in an allowance race and that doesn’t bode well for his chances on Saturday. This could be simply a gauge of where this five-year-old is right now, and what his prospects are for the future.

Tannery is the lone filly in the field and her handlers felt good enough about her win in the Grade-1 E.P. Taylor Stakes last month to enter her in this race. She is very experienced at this distance and could end up being a favorite as well.

How It Will Play Out

In a closely contested race, take Howe Great to come out on top in your sports betting picks on Saturday.

Red Smith Handicap Betting Pick: Howe Great

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