Shannondoe Farm stallion Dynamic Sky

Bursting through a seam on the rail in mid-stretch, Dynamic Sky and Cornelio Velasquez pulled away to win the Grade 3, $250,000 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, the colt’s first victory since a win by disqualification this June.

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“I had a good trip; I saved ground all the way, and I had a lot of horse at the quarter-pole,” Velasquez said. “I asked, and he gave me everything.”

Dynamic Sky Defeats champion Big Blue Kitten in Red Smith H. (G3)
Dynamic Sky defeats Big Blue Kitten in Red Smith H. (G3)

Favored Big Blue Kitten trailed the field and put in a strong late move to grab second; Margano was third. Final time for the mile and three-eighths turf event was 2:18.85.

The last time John Oxley’s Dynamic Sky crossed the wire first was in last summer’s Plate Trial, a race before he finished third to Midnight Aria in the $1 million Queen’s Plate. The Mark Casse trainee has now come out victorious in five of 20 lifetime starts.

“He got a great trip today, and everything seemed to come together for him,” said Kathryn Sullivan, assistant trainer to Casse. “He didn’t have the best start in the [Canadian] International, which put him behind in the race, but today everything went exactly as planned. Cornelio took him off the pace a little bit and had him sitting perfectly. When that hole opened, he just went right on through and had a ton of horse. It was perfect; you couldn’t ask for a better trip.”

Bred in Ontario by Arosa Farms, Dynamic Sky is a 4-year-old son of Sky Mesa out of the Distorted Humor mare Murani.

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