Smart Enough Aces Turf Monster, Sets Course Mark

Smart Enough Aces Turf Monster, Sets Course Mark
Photo: Rick Samuels
Smart Enough sets course record in Turf Monster Handicap at Philadelphia Park.
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Edith R. Dixon's homebred Smart Enough opened up a 2 1/2-length win in the stretch and held on nicely for Joe Bravo to win the $200,000 Turf Monster Handicap in course record time on the turf at Philadelphia Park Sept. 3.

Smart Enough, a 4-year-old Horse Chestnut gelding trained by John Fisher, relished a return to five furlongs after fading badly in the 1 1/16-mile Oceanport (gr. IIIT) on the Monmouth Park lawn in his last try one month ago. Carrying 121 pounds, he ran the distance in :55.53 and shaved two-fifths off the Philly track mark. Smart Enough has won six of eight starts at five panels on the turf.

Heros Reward, ridden by Javier Castellano, finished second, 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner. It was 1 3/4 lengths farther back to the 19-10 favorite Gaff, who finished third under Shaun Bridgmohan.

The chestnut Smart Enough broke second and pressed the quick pace set by the mare Unbridled Sidney, who clicked off a fast opening quarter mile in :21 3/5. Smart Enough edged to the front rounding the turn and steadily drew clear after a :43 3/5 half. Under steady encouragement, he held off Heros Reward, who closed with interest. Gaff also finished willingly.

Smart Enough had enjoyed back-to-back stakes wins, including a half-length triumph in Woodbine's six-furlong Scotts Highlander (Can-III) prior to the Oceanport debacle, in which he finished last of eight. Smart Enough earned $120,000 in the Turf Monster. With his eighth lifetime win in 12 starts, the gelding has now banked $488,254.

Sent off as the second choice in a field of 10, he paid $9.80, $5 and $4. Heros Reward returned $4.80 and $3. Gaff was $2.80 to show.

(Chart, Equibase)

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