Here is an article that has just been posted at HorseRacingNation.com about the Fall Highweight Handicap that is run on Thanksgiving at Aqueduct.
The Fall Highweight Handicap was run at Belmont Park from 1914 to 1959 and then again from 1963 to 1993. Otherwise the race has been run at Aqueduct. Initially the race was open to all horses, but in 1959, the Fall Highweight became restricted to three year-olds and upward. That inaugural running of the handicap had a two year-old filly, Comely win while carrying only 110 pounds.
According to the NYRA condition book, “The Racing Secretary must assign at least 140 pounds to the top-weighted horse in this event.” Of course that does not mean the top-weight will actually enter the starting gate. Click here to read the rest at Horseracingnation.com.