11/05/2011 3:38PM

Aqueduct: Boisterous pulls clear to win Red Smith Handicap

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Boisterous wins the Grade 2, $150,000 Red Smith Handicap by two lengths.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Boisterous, fresh off a win in the Knickerbocker three weeks ago for Shug McGaughey, caught Harrods Creek in midstretch and drove clear to score right back in Saturday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Red Smith Handicap, New York’s final graded turf stakes of the season for older males.

Boisterous ($6), the second choice in a field of seven, was about eighth lengths back in fifth position as Harrods Creek loped along through a half-mile in 52.56 seconds and a mile in 1:44.56. He moved smartly to contention three wide on the far turn turn, struck the front just inside the eighth pole, and drew off as the third winner on the card for Alan Garcia.

“He makes one run,” Garcia said. “At the three-eighths, I asked him a little bit to see what he 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.’ ”

Boisterous, a 4-year-old Phipps Stable homebred colt by Distorted Humor, won by two lengths and ran 1 3/8 miles in 2:20.26 over a turf course labeled good. He earned $90,000 while notching his sixth victory from 14 starts.

“I’m tickled to death with the last two races,” McGaughey said. “We got off track for the summer a little bit, backed up for the Knickerbocker, and I thought he ran really well there. I thought he ran really well today, and Alan rode him great.”

Bold Hawk finished gamely for second as the 7-2 second choice, three-quarters of a length ahead of Harrods Creek in third. Grassy, the 8-5 choice and winner of the 2010 Red Smith, circled widest into the lane but failed to fire and checked in fourth.

Radical Sabbatical, Exclusive Strike, and Perfect Footprint completed the order of finish.