Smooth Air won the Ohio Derby by four lengths, defeating Cherokee Artist and Z Fortune. Previously, he had scored in the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) and was second to Big Brown in the Florida Derby (gr. I).
The Florida-bred son of Smooth Jazz has been working steadily at his home base at Calder, and most recently drilled six furlongs in 1:12 2/5 on Aug. 17. This followed works at seven furlongs and a mile.
“He’s back on the track he loves,” Stutts said. “We had been stabled at
“He’s scheduled to fly Fed Ex to
Three others who likely are headed to Philly Park for the nine-furlong race are Court Vision, beaten a nose in the $750,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIIT) in his last start; Tiz Now Tiz Then, winner of the Iowa Derby and third in the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) in his most recent start, and either Long Branch winner Truth Rules or Haskell runner-up Coal Play from the Nick Zito stable.