Smarty Jones Stakes

Baffert Saddles Southwest Favorite

Bob Baffert has a chance to sweep Saturday's GI Kentucky Derby preps as he saddles three of the five runners in Santa Anita's GII San Vicente and the morning-line favorite in Oaklawn's GIII Southwest S. in Newgrange (Violence). A debut winner at Del Mar Nov. 28, the dark bay wired Santa Anita's GIII Sham S. next out Jan. 1, earning a field's-best 88 Beyer Speed Figure. Smarty Jones S. top three Dash Attack (Munnings), Barber Road (Race Day) and Ignitis (Nyquist) rematch here. Opening his account with a 1 1/4-length...

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'Smart' Money on the Chalk at Parx

Prohibitive favorite Fulsome (Into Mischief) sat back and came with his run to return to winning ways in Tuesday evening's GIII Smarty Jones S. at Parx. A third-out graduate over the Fair Grounds sod in January, he was forced to try the main track two starts later in a rained-off, sloppy allowance at Keeneland Apr. 10, but found his calling that day when cruising to a 3 1/2-length victory. The bay added the Oaklawn S. May 1 over stablemate and next-out Texas Derby hero Warrant (Constitution), and took a major...

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Bullet Move for Three Technique Before Rebel

Smarty Jones S. runner-up and 'TDN Rising Star' Three Technique (Mr Speaker) registered a half-mile bullet of :46 (1/119) Saturday morning at Oaklawn in preparation for the GII Rebel S., galloping out in :59.20. Marquel Lemon was aboard Three Technique just after the renovation break for trainer Jeremiah Englehart. The sophomore went in company with Belmont's 2019 Gold Fever S. winner Wendell Fong (Flat Out). "I wanted him to be a little bit sharper," said Englehart. "It kind of surprised me how well they looked and how sharp they worked....

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Street Boss Colt 'Golden' in Smarty Jones S.

Gold Street earned 10 points towards the GI Kentucky Derby Friday with a front-running score in Oaklawn's Smarty Jones S. Let go at 10-1 in this first try beyond six furlongs, the $150,000 KEESEP buy went straight to the lead under Martin Garcia and loped along through splits of :24.08 and :48.96 with Lynn's Map (Liam's Map) glued to his outside hip. That rival called it quits on the backstretch and 'TDN Rising Stars' Three Technique and Shoplifted ranged up to challenge entering the turn. However, Gold Street still had...

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