Money Mul­ti­plier can atone

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Jim Dun­leavy

The cup run­neth over at Aqueduct on Satur­day, as the nine-race card, topped by the $200,000 Red Smith, is long on both qual­ity and quan­tity.

The pro­gram av­er­ages more than 10 bet­ting in­ter­ests per race. In ad­di­tion to the stakes, there are four other grass con­tests. The card in­cludes two op­tional claimers, an al­lowance, and a pair of 2-year-old maiden sprints.

Don’t for­get your coat. Tem­per­a­tures are fore­cast to peak in the lower 40s.

The Grade 3 Red Smith has 11 turf en­trants and a main track­only run­ner. Money Mul­ti­plier will be fa­vored but comes into the Smith off a dis­ap­point­ing ef­fort in the Joe Hirsch Turf Clas­sic.

Other con­tenders in the 1 3/8-mile stakes in­clude the late-run­ning Hunter O’Ri­ley, trained by Jimmy Toner; the con­sis­tent New York-bred Get Jets, who races for Tony Dutrow; and Call Pro­vi­sion, who, like Money Mul­ti­plier, is from the barn of Chad Brown.

Money Mul­ti­plier was 9-2 in the 11-horse Hirsch but threw his head a few times early in the race as jockey Javier Castel­lano tried to set­tle him while 147-1 shot Con­verge opened a lengthy lead. Money Mul­ti­plier lodged a bid against his sta­ble­mate Beach Pa­trol, the even­tual win­ner who took the lead near­ing the stretch, but then came up empty and tired to fin­ish eighth.

Money Mul­ti­plier has worked four times since the Hirsch, and it would be no sur­prise to see him re­bound. In the first two starts of his 5-year-old sea­son this year, he won the Grade 2 Mon­mouth Stakes and fin­ished a close sec­ond to the pow­er­ful closer Sadler’s Joy in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga.

Hunter O’Ri­ley has im­proved might­ily since the spring. He en­ters off two good ef­forts at Saratoga, a win in the Grade 2 Bowl­ing Green and a fourth in the Sword Dancer. But Toner has been bat­tling foot is­sues for much of the sea­son with Hunter O’Ri­ley, and he was forced to skip the Hirsch.

“We had a patch on it, but he popped an­other quar­ter crack, and we had to let things quiet down,” Toner said. “I lost two weeks of train­ing with him, and we missed the Turf Clas­sic.”

Toner is con­fi­dent he has Hunter O’Ri­ley ready for Satur­day.

“I’ve got four breezes into him, and he should be all set,” he said. “He’s a handy lit­tle horse that gives you ev­ery­thing he’s got ev­ery time.”

While Money Mul­ti­plier and Hunter O’Ri­ley have ob­sta­cles to over­come, Get Jets is at the top of his game and has won state­bred stakes in his two most re­cent starts, the West Point at Saratoga and the Ash­ley T. Cole at Bel­mont Park. Dutrow opted to skip the $200,000 Mo­hawk at Bel­mont on Oct. 21 in fa­vor of this race.

The Smith will be the first start for Get Jets beyond 1 1/8 miles.

“We passed the Showcase Day race with him to give him the added dis­tance the Red Smith of­fers,” Dutrow said. “How he runs will help us plan his 5-year-old cam­paign.”

Call Pro­vi­sion fin­ished sec­ond by a nose to Get Jets in the Cole and has since won a high-level op­tional claimer. He closed strongly to win that 1 3/8-mile race and earned a 100 Beyer Speed Fig­ure, mak­ing him a player here.

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