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The takes us this Friday to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas where will go to the starting gate as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the 12th running of the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes. Post time is 4:52 p.m. ET.
Gray Attempt comes into this race for trainer William Fires with a 2-0-0 record in three starts including a win in the Sugar Bowl Stakes. Here’s the and of that race:
GRAY ATTEMPT sprinted clear at once, saved ground while setting the pace, responded when set down for the drive and held sway to the wire.
Gray Attempt led from gate to wire and showed good speed in winning his first stakes race.
Graydar, the sire of Gray Attempt, was a multiple graded-stakes winner that compiled a 5-0-1 record in six starts with $841,560 in career earnings.
Graydar did not race until he was three years old and he was 2-0-1 in three starts.
At the age of four, Graydar was undefeated in three starts with wins in the Donn Handicap (G1), New Orleans Handicap (G2) and Kelso Handicap (G2).
Gray Attempt has an E ranking but his could, potentially, move him up to be competitive in the stretch out to a mile.
(9-2) comes into this race for trainer Larry Jones with a 1-1-0 record in three starts including a fourth-place finish to Gray Attempt in the Sugar Bowl Stakes. Super Steed is much better than his run in the Sugar Bowl and in the race before that he broke his maiden in impressive fashion. Here’s the and of his maiden win:
SUPER STEED was bumped around and bothered after the start, raced back early on, fanned into the seven path into the turn, rallied into the lane, took over command and drew off late under a steady drive.
Super Steed raced toward the back of the herd until the far turn when he made a wide sweeping move on the outside and pulled away to win by an impressive seven lengths.
Super Saver, the sire of Super Steed, was a multiple graded stakes winner and Classic Champion Thoroughbred that compiled a 3-2-1 record in 10 starts with $1,889,766 in career earnings. In addition, he was my pick to win the 2010 Kentucky Derby.
As a two year old, Super Saver was 2-1-0 in four starts and finished his racing season with a win in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) making him, along with Street Sense and Nyquist, among a select group of two year olds to win a major end-of-year prep race that went on to victory in the Derby.
As a three year old, Super Saver compiled a 1-1-1 record in six starts with a third-place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby (G3) and a gutsy second-place finish to Line of David in the Arkansas Derby (G1) in route to victory in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
As a stallion, Super Saver’s top-five, leading runners include Runhappy, Inside Straight, Competitive Edge, Embellish the Lace and Hedge Fund.
Super Steed has a B Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile® and I look for him to take another step forward in this first start of the three-year-old season.
A long shot I like is (12-1) who comes into this race for trainer James DiVito with a 2-0-1 record in five starts including a nice win last out at Churchill Downs. Here’s the and :
FORLOVEOFCOUNTRY tracked the pace early, was on the inside into the lane, took over and inched clear down the lane and held sway in the final stages.
I like the way Forloveofcountry edged through along the rail and got up to win his last race of the two-year-old season in a decent time of 1:37.30.
, the sire of Forloveofcountry, was a multiple graded-stakes winner that compiled a 3-1-1 record in six starts with $633,076 in career earnings.
As a two-year-old, Sky Mesa was undefeated in three starts with stakes wins in the Hopeful Stakes (G1) and Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (G2).
At the age of three, Sky Mesa compiled an 0-1-1 record in three stars with a second-place finish in the Haskell Invitational Handicap (G2) and third-place in the Dwyer Stakes (G2).
As a stallion Sky Mesa’s top-five, leading runners worldwide include , , , and .
Forloveofcountry has a D Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile® but his Behavior Index makes him, potentially, competitive in this race.
He’s been training well at Oaklawn Park and he could be ready to take another step forward in his first start of the three-year-old season.
Trained by Paul Holtus, (6-1) comes into this race with a 3-0-3 record in seven starts including a win in the Big Drama Stakes. Here’s the and :
SIX SHOOTER restrained early while racing in the second flight and saving ground, eased out and moved a bit closer between horses and in some traffic late backstretch, continued to stalk the leaders into the stretch, dropped back to the inside under clever handling when straightened for home, slipped through along the rail to challenge a sixteenth out, proved best under brisk handling late.
In the first start of his three-year-old season, Six Shooter looked good slipping through on the rail to get up and win his first stakes race.
, the sire of Flip the Coin Jan, raced mostly in sprints from the age of two to four, compiling a 6-2-0 record in 12 starts with $703,884 in career earnings. His best stakes victories were in the six furlongs Waldoboro Stakes, True North Handicap (G2) and he did stretch out to win the 8½ furlong Long Branch Stakes. In other route races, Trappe Shot finished second in the nine-furlong Izod Haskell Invitational (G1) and ninth in the Travers Stakes (G1).
To date, Trappe Shot’s best runners on the Kentucky Derby Trail have been and . As a two-year-old, Wild Shot finished second in the 2016 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) and third in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity Stales (G1). As a three-year-old, My Man Sam finished second in the nine furlongs 2016 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) stakes.
Six Shooter has a B Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile® and he’s the second-best bred horse in this herd of runners.
He’s been training well at Oaklawn Park and a recent bullet work out could have him ready to take another step forward in his second start of the season.
Honorable mention goes to (4-1) and (7-2) who ran one, two last out in the Remington Springboard Mile Stakes.
A total of 35 prep races comprise the USA Road to the Kentucky Derby. In addition, there are seven races on the European road and four races on the Japan road to Derby glory.
2019 KENTUCKY DERBY LEADERBOARD
Ranking, total points, Trainer, Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings
1. Game Winner, 30, Bob Baffert, $1,460,000
2. Knicks Go, 18, Ben Colebrook, $656,085
3. Signalman, 18, Ken McPeek, $392,840
4. Gunmetal Gray, 14, Jerry Hollendorfer, $180,000
5. Long Range Toddy, 10, Steve Asmussen, $300,000
6. Mind Control, 10, George Sacco, $295,000
7. Complexity, 10, Chad Brown, $275,000
8. Improbable, 10, Bob Baffert, $239,520
9. War of Will, 10, Mark Casse, $200,840
10. Maximus Mischief, 10, “Butch” Reid, Jr., $137,500
11. Mucho Gusto, 4, Bob Baffert, $120,000
12. Our Braintrust, 4, Cathal Lynch, $117,000
13. Code of Honor, 4, Shug McGaughey, $100,000
14. Network Effect, 4, Chad Brown, $90,000
15. Bankit, 4, Steve Asmussen, $80,000
16. Tight Ten, 4, Steve Asmussen, $67,900
17. Sueno, 4, Keith Desormeaux, $65,000
18. Hog Creek Hustle, 4, Vickie Foley, $49,000
19. Plus Que Parfait, 4, Brendan Walsh, $40,000
20. Call Paul, 2, Jason Servis, $194,000
EUROPEAN ROAD LEADERBOARD
Ranking, total points, Trainer, Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings
1. Royal Marine (IRE), 10, Saeed bin Suroor, $264,968
2. Magna Grecia (IRE), 10, Aidan O’Brien, $185,000
3. Mohawk (IRE), 10, Aidan O’Brien, $128,702
4. Japan (GB), 10, Aidan O’Brien, $75,316
5. Phoenix of Spain (IRE), 4, Charlie Hill, $157,944
6. Broome (IRE), 4, Aidan O’Brien, $140,871
7. Sydney Opera House (GB), 4, Aidan O’Brien, $40,956
8. Mount Everest (IRE), 4, Aidan O’Brien, $24,254
9. Anodor (FR), 2, Freddie Head, $99,215
10. Western Australian (IRE), 2, Aidan O’Brien, $43,084
11. Cape of Good Hope (IRE), 2, Aidan O’Brien, $41,515
12. Power of Now (IRE), 2, Michael O’Callaghan, $11,489
13. Boitron (FR), 1, Richard Hannon, $44,917
14. Victory Command, (IRE), 1, Mark Johnston, $35,108
15. Circus Maximus (IRE), 1, Aidan O’Brien, $24,368
16. Sovereign (IRE), 1, Aiden O’Brien, $5,106
JAPAN ROAD LEADERBOARD
Ranking, total points, Trainer, Earnings
1. Nova Lenda (JPN), 20, Takashi Saito, $446,285
2. f-Make Happy, 12, Koichi Shinkai, $184,181
3. Derma Louvre (JPN), 8, Hirofumi Toda, $447,672
4. Gal Vihara, 4, Kiyoshi Hagiwara, $216,271
2. Kingen (JPN), 4, Kunihide Matsuda, $97,867
3. Johaan (JPN), 2, Yasuyuki Takahashi, $72,900
4. Romantico (JPN), 1, Kazuo Fujisawa, $91,245