The Tiz Wonderful colt trained by Wayne Catalano could not have been more impressive in the Jan. 16 Smarty Jones Stakes, Oaklawn's first 3-year-old prep race for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), when he set the pace and pulled away late to win by 5 1/4 lengths.
Lookin At Lee, a Lookin At Lucky colt trained by Steve Asmussen, earned his lone stakes win in the Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes in August, but has been racing against top competition since. He came in second in the Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs in September and was runner-up to champion Classic Empire in the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland before wrapping up his 2-year-old season with a fourth-place run in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1).
One Liner—an Into Mischief colt owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, and SF Racing—doesn't have the stakes experience, but does have two flashy victories. The Todd Pletcher trainee won his debut by 1 1/2 lengths going 5 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga Race Course in July, then took a six-furlong optional-claiming allowance at Gulfstream Park Jan. 26 by 2 1/2 lengths and was asked to run after the wire by jockey John Velazquez, likely to get an indication how he would handle two turns like he will face in the 1 1/16-mile Southwest.
Another intriguing runner entering off a stakes win is Brad Grady's Cool Arrow, another Into Mischief colt, who impressively won the Remington Springboard Mile Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths last time out Dec. 11 at Remington Park for trainer Joe Sharp.
Three last-out maiden winners could also make a splash in their stakes debuts, including Silver Dust, a Tapit colt who scored by 3 1/2 lengths at Churchill in November; Dilettante, a son of Unbridled's Song who broke his maiden in his eighth try Jan. 29 at Oaklawn; and Hence, a Street Boss colt who overcame a stumbled start to win Jan. 16 at Oaklawn.
Oaklawn Park, Monday, February 20, 2017, Race 9
- 1 1/16m
- 3 yo
- 5:09 PM (local)
|1||1Cool Arrow (KY)||Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.||119||Joe Sharp||12/1|
|2||2Silver Dust (KY)||Corey J. Lanerie||115||Randy L. Morse||10/1|
|3||3Uncontested (KY)||Channing Hill||122||Wayne M. Catalano||5/2|
|4||4Lookin At Lee (KY)||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||117||Steven M. Asmussen||8/1|
|5||5Rowdy the Warrior (OK)||Luis S. Quinonez||115||Donnie K. Von Hemel||20/1|
|6||6Cu Rahy (MD)||Glenn W. Corbett||115||Danele Durham||50/1|
|7||7Warrior's Club (KY)||Chris Landeros||117||D. Wayne Lukas||12/1|
|8||8Petrov (KY)||Jose L. Ortiz||115||Ron Moquett||5/1|
|9||9Dilettante (FL)||Florent Geroux||115||D. Wayne Lukas||15/1|
|10||10Hence (KY)||Ramon A. Vazquez||115||Steven M. Asmussen||20/1|
|11||11One Liner (KY)||John R. Velazquez||115||Todd A. Pletcher||7/2|
|12||12P C Cowboy (KY)||Carlos H. Marquez, Jr.||115||John Alexander Ortiz||30/1|
|13||13Chief Know It All (KY)||Joseph Rocco, Jr.||117||Brad H. Cox||12/1|