Smokin’ T lands the 2023 River City Stakes

Smokin’ T scooped the biggest prize of his career as he produced a stunning late finish to land the spoils in the 2023 River City Stakes. 


River City Stakes

Grade 3, 1 mile and an eighth, turf, open to horses aged three and over. Total prize pool: $300,000

  1. Smokin’ T +600
  2. Harlan Estate +1500
  3. Siege of Boston +450

Winning time: 1:50.66 

In what was a competitively run affair, there were several horses in with a real shout of victory. 

Happy to lead the field along through the early stages of the race was Dominican Pioneer.

With the rest of the field happy to let him lob along in front, the order of the race remained unchanged until the runners hit the far turn. 

As the field stacked up behind the tiring leader, Smokin’ T and jockey John Velazquez decided to make their move. 

Finding a passage on the wide outside, Velazquez and Smokin’ T started burning up the track and as they hit the home straight found themselves in the lead. 

2023 River City Stakes Race Video


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With other horses flagging, Smokin’ T held a one length lead at the furlong pole. However, both Harlan Estate and Siege of Boston were starting to close.  

Of the three it looked like it would be Siege of Boston who would steal the race late, but with both time and track running out, it was Smokin’ T who had just enough to seal the all-important victory, hitting the line with a length advantage. 

2023 River City Stakes Race Payouts

Position Horse Win Place Show 
1Smokin’ T$10.54$6.56$3.82
2Harlan Estate $15.38$7.22
3Siege of Boston $4.88

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