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Fires Turns To Old Friend To Help With Southwest Stakes Contender

After Gray Attempt became tougher to handle in the morning following his victory in the $125,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 25 at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., trainer Jinks Fires turned to an old friend for help with the Graydar colt. Enter trainer John Henry Prather, 66, who has regularly galloped Gray Attempt the […]

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‘More Ground’ Should Benefit Six Shooter In Southwest Stakes

Six Shooter is being pointed for the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Feb. 18 at Oaklawn, trainer Paul Holthus of Hot Springs said Sunday morning. Six Shooter was beaten 1 ½ lengths in his last start, the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 25, a 1-mile race that is Oaklawn’s first of our major preps […]

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Gray Attempt Nominated To Triple Crown After Smarty Jones Win

Gray Attempt emerged in good order from his narrow victory in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds Friday at Oaklawn and will be pointed for the track’s next Kentucky Derby points race, his trainer, Jinks Fires of Hot Springs, said Saturday morning. Gray Attempt, who was ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, earned a preliminary Beyer […]

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Derby Prep Smarty Jones Stakes Launches Revised Oaklawn Meet

 The much anticipated 2019 Oaklawn season kicks off Friday with a special 12:30 p.m. first post and the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, the first of three prep races leading up to the April 13 Arkansas Derby (G1) and subsequent Triple Crown races. The meet runs until Saturday, May 4, Kentucky Derby Day. Dwight Pruett’s lightly […]

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Axelrod Explodes To Smarty Jones Victory

Parx Racing returned from its two and a half week break with two stakes on the Saturday program. The Grade 3 $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for three year-olds went convincingly to Axelrod, while Aztec Sense dominated in winning the $100,000 Sal DeBunda PTHA President’s Cup. Coming off a 12-1 upset victory in the G3 Indiana […]

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Parx Resumes, Returns To Four Day Race Weeks Beginning Saturday

Live racing resumes this Saturday the 25th at Parx with a terrific nine race program headed by the $300,000 Grade 3 Smarty Jones Stakes.  The one mile and one-sixteenth test for three year-olds is the track’s major prep for the upcoming $1 million G1 Pennsylvania Derby to be run Saturday, September 22nd.  The supporting feature […]

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Smarty Jones Winner Mourinho Euthanized After Training Incident, Says Baffert

Kentucky Derby contender Mourinho was euthanized Monday morning after suffering a severe sesamoid fracture in his front leg, trainer Bob Baffert told the Daily Racing Form. Baffert said the Super Saver colt was going easily in a breeze at Santa Anita and took a bad step. “Up and down, every day. It’s a shame,” he […]

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‘Class, Stride And Stamina’: O’Neill High On Dubai World Cup-Bound Pavel

Hopes have always been high for Doug O’Neill trainee and Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1)-bound Pavel (pronounced ‘PAH-vell’), but the Reddam Racing-owned son of Creative Cause has consistently given his conditioner every indication that he can live up to them. A good-looking, well-balanced and athletic gray colt, Pavel has continuously caught the […]

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Baffert-Trained Mourinho Cruises To Easy Smarty Jones Victory

Tap Daddy was sent after the heavy favorite Mourinho out of the starting gate, but the Bob Baffert trainee beat his four rivals to the first turn by a length. For owner Phoenix Thoroughbreds, the 3-year-old son of Super Saver led throughout Monday’s Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park, cruising under the wire an easy […]

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Baffert-Trained Mourinho Favored For Monday’s Smarty Jones Stakes

Phoenix Thoroughbred III’s Mourinho is the 3-2 program favorite for Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, Oaklawn’s first of four major preps for the Kentucky Derby and beyond. The Smarty Jones will offer 17 points to the top four finishers (10-4-2-1) toward starting eligibility for the Kentucky Derby. The 1-mile Smarty Jones not only attracted the California-based Mourinho, […]

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