The Smarty Jones, at one mile and 70 yards, is named for the Pennsylvania-bred colt that finished a game second in the 2004 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) to lose his bid for a Triple Crown sweep. Parx is commemorating the 10th anniversary of Smarty Jones' 3-year-old campaign with other Labor Day festivities Sept. 1.
The Smarty Jones drew an evenly matched field of 3-year-old colts and geldings, some of which have kept good company at times this year. One of those is trainer Lisa Guerrero and Joseph Besecker's Classic Giacnroll. Last time out he finished fourth in the grade II West Virginia Derby behind the accomplished Tapiture, Candy Boy, and Vicar's in Trouble.
Classic Giacnroll, who trains at Parx, has only two wins in 11 starts but has shown signs of talent this season. The Giacomo colt finished second in the Jerome Stakes (gr. II) and fourth in the Withers Stakes (gr. III) earlier this year in New York and should be running late from off the pace in the Smarty Jones.
Kendrick Carmouche gets a return call at 117 pounds from post 2. Classic Giacnroll is ranked as a 12-1 outsider in the morning line.
The favorite in the early line at 2-1 is Brereton Jones' Albano, a Larry Jones trainee who won the Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park in June, and earlier this year just missed winning the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. The Istan gelding finished a good second in the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) behind blowout winner Bayern in his last start and has been training well at his Delaware Park base.
Trainer Todd Pletcher will ship in International Equities Holding's Protonico from Saratoga Race Course, where he finished a head behind victorious V. E. Day when third in the Curlin Stakes in his last start. V. E. Day came back to win the grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga.
At 7-2 in the morning line, Protonico, by Giant's Causeway , will be ridden by Joe Bravo from post 8 at 117 pounds.
Parx Racing, Monday, September 01, 2014, Race 10
PP Horse Jockey Weight Trainer 1 Ain't Got Time (KY) Julian Pimentel 117 Michael R. Matz 2 Classic Giacnroll (KY) Kendrick Carmouche 117 Lisa Guerrero 3 Albano (KY) Kerwin D. Clark 124 J. Larry Jones 4 Joint Custody (MD) Trevor McCarthy 124 John J. Robb 5 Grasshoppin (PA) Roberto Alvarado, Jr. 117 Mario Serey, Jr. 6 Almost Famous (KY) Junior Alvarado 117 Patrick B. Byrne 7 Just Call Kenny (VA) Paco Lopez 124 Patrick B. McBurney 8 Protonico (KY) Joe Bravo 117 Todd A. Pletcher 9 Saa Mi (KY) Miguel Mena 117 Brendan P. Walsh 10 Lynx (ON) Frankie Pennington 117 Cathal A. Lynch