Reckless Jerry on Target for Southwest
Updated: Saturday, February 11, 2012 1:51 PM
Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 4:01 PM
Photo: Coady Photography/Oaklawn Park
After a less-than-perfect trip in the Smarty Jones Stakes last month, Reckless Jerry looks as if he’s on track to rebound in the $250,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 20 at Oaklawn Park.
Trainer Kenny Smith sent the Cactus Ridge colt five furlongs in 1:02 2/5 Feb. 5 in an easy drill. Reckless is owned by country music star Toby Keith, who races his horses under the name Dream Walkin’ Farms.
“It was exactly what I asked for,” said Smith. “I wanted him to gallop out in 1:16 and he was right at that according to what I got. It was a nice maintenance workout.”
Reckless Jerry has been second in his two stakes races so far, losing the Springboard Mile at Remington Park in Oklahoma in December to Ted's Folly
, then getting hampered by a wide draw and trip in the one-mile Jan. 16 Smarty Jones, coming a neck short of catching Junebugred
. Smith has been eager for another swing and has been training his star 3-year-old accordingly.
“I don’t like to put a whole lot of flash into works with a horse like this,” he said. “You watch and I’m usually focused on farther rather than flashy. I just wanted to pump a little air into his lungs. We only need to do a little maintenance and then run him.”
Smith indicated Reckless Jerry would get one more easy breeze this weekend as a final tightening before the Presidents Day feature.
Overall, the colt is 2-2-2 from six starts. Both of the wins came at Remington.
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