Horse Racing Betting Report - 2017 Smarty Jones Stakes

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 4:27 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 4:27 PM UTC

The extended holiday weekend takes horse bettors to Oaklawn Park for a special Monday afternoon race card highlighted by the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes. This race is part of the 2017 Kentucky Derby prep race schedule for three-year-old thoroughbreds looking to earn 10 points towards qualifying for this year’s “Run for the Roses” at Churchill Downs later this year.

<p>Monday’s main event at Oaklawn Park is still coming together as we get closer to post time, but there are a few pretty strong entries listed as probable at Horse Racing Nation. Digging a bit deeper into this projected field, I have uncovered three horses that come together perfectly to form my <a href="" title="Free Picks Here">trifecta pick</a> for this race.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>2017 Smarty Jones Stakes: Oaklawn Park</strong></h2><p>The Smarty Jones is an ungraded stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbreds and the total prize purse for this year’s event has been set at $150,000. The race will be contested on the dirt track at Oaklawn over a distance of one mile.</p><p>The class of Monday’s field should be trainer Wayne Catalano’s <strong>Uncontested,</strong> who comes into this race with a Horse Racing Nation rating of 7.06. This three-year-old Kentucky-bred colt closed out his juvenile campaign with a respectable fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes on Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs over an extended distance of 1 1/16 miles. His only other race last season was a victory at Keeneland in a Maiden Special Weight race as a distance of 6 ½ furlongs.</p><p>Uncontested comes from solid racing stock with Tiz Wonderful and Galileo’s Star as his pedigree and his early results has placed him in the HRN’s rankings at No. 320.</p><p>My second choice in Monday’s Smarty Jones is <strong>Warrior’s Club</strong>. This three-year-old Kentucky-bred colt has famed trainer D Wayne Lucas in his corner, which is already a plus for this race. He is also one of two entries in the projected field with a HRN rating (5.84). Going back to his results as a juvenile, he finished the season on a strong note by placing in the money in his last three events. After winning the ungraded Spendthrift Stallion Stakes at Churchill on Oct. 30 at a distance of seven furlongs he added an impressive third-place run in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes to his early racing resume.</p><p>This colt has already raced five times as a two-year-old and you could see the progress in his stride and stamina as the year wore on. A pedigree of Warrior’s Reward, this will be a good test to see if he can work himself into the mix as a top three-year-old.</p><p>The talent level in the projected field for this race drops off a bit from here, but I do like trainer Danele Durham’s <strong>Cu Rahy</strong> as my third choice to round out a trifecta pick. This three-year-old Maryland-bred colt is still a work in progress after closing out his juvenile campaign with a distant ninth-place finish in the ungraded Remington Springboard Mile at Remington Park on Dec. 11. This followed an encouraging third-place run in the ungraded Kip Deville Stakes at that same track over a distance of six furlongs back in late September.</p><p>One of the main reasons this colt has caught my eye is his pedigree to Curlin with a progeny that goes back to Mr. Prospector.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Horse Racing Forum"><strong>Remember To Drop By Our SBR Racebook Forum</strong></a></h2>
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