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Sunrise Smarty Lookin' Good For Thursday's Fall Highweight

November 22, 2011 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

OZONE PARK, NY - Sunrise Smarty will shoot for his first stakes victory on Thanksgiving Day when he tangles with nine other sprinters in the 98th running of the $100,000 Fall Highweight Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct Racetrack.

“He looks great, he’s acting great, his flesh is great, so after talking with Terry and looking at the race we thought why not?” said Mike Hushion, who trains our 4-year-old son of Smarty Jones.
Sunrise Smarty is 3-0-1 from six career starts at the Grade 3 event’s six-furlong distance, including victories in an optional claimer at Saratoga and an allowance race at the “Big A” in February. So far this year, he has a 2-1-1 record from six starts.

Jockey Ramon Dominguez is back in the saddle for the first time since the Saratoga score and will contribute to 130 pounds carried by Sunrise Smarty from post position four. The duo is 5-1 on the morning line.

Among the runners expected for the Fall Highweight are Hudson Stakes winner General Maximus, and Frazil, a winner of two straight starter handicaps. Highweight will be either Calibrachoa (135) or Caixa Eletronica (134), a coupled entry with morning line odds of 6-5 from Repole Stable. Calibrachoa drew the outside post and Caixa Eletronica drew post three in the Fall Highweight. Trainer Todd Pletcher said one of them is likely headed to Saturday’s Grade 1 Cigar Mile, with a decision to come after entries for the Cigar are drawn on Wednesday.

Sunrise Smarty comes off a sixth-place finish in the Frank DeFrancis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park on Oct. 22. He ran well that day despite the off the board finish. It’s one of those races that’s probably better than it looks paper. He has an overall career record of 3-3-1 from 11 starts.

Good luck to Sunrise Smarty and his Partners and Happy Thanksgiving!