After splashing to a record-setting victory in his 3-year-old debut, Uncontested will be pointed to the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 20 at Oaklawn Park, trainer Wayne Catalano said Jan. 18.
Uncontested rebounded from a disappointing stakes debut in November with a powerhouse performance in the Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 16 at Oaklawn Park, where he stamped himself a contender for the 2017 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Aptly named Uncontested jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 5 1/4-length romp in the Smarty Jones Stakes over a sloppy track at Oaklawn Park on the Martin Luther King holiday card Jan. 16.
Of the eight entered for the Smarty Jones, which offers 17 points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings, Warrior's Club is the lone stakes winner.
Protonico, a four-time graded stakes-winning son of Giant's Causeway, has been retired and will stand the 2017 breeding season at Taylor Made Stallions in Kentucky for a fee of $6,500.
With three horses across the track at the eighth pole, Hoppertunity forged to the lead late to secure a half-length victory in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
While this year's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I) lacks superstar power, the field of six older horses is an interesting mix of consistent veterans and less consistent types who have at times flashed talent.
After the worst start of his career in the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) July 31 at Monmouth Park, Awesome Slew bounced back with the top race of his young career in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III).
Ivan Dalos' Ami's Flatter is scheduled to follow up an auspicious recent 2016 debut in Saturday's $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
This week we take a closer look at Discreetness, winner of the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on Jan. 18 at Oaklawn.
Two-time stakes winner Discreetness, who captured the Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park, will be pointed to the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn, said trainer William "Jinks" Fires.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region
Discreetness, owned by Dwight Pruett's Xpress Thoroughbreds, rallied from just off the pace to win the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park.
The path to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) appears to run through Arkansas for Toews On Ice.
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Tepin returned to the worktab Jan. 8 for the first time since her Oct. 31 victory over the boys, clocking a half-mile in an easy :52 under regular rider Julien Leparoux at Palm Meadows.
Starlight Racing's Itsaknockout, who hadn't raced since his ninth-place finish in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), returned a winner in an allowance/optional claiming event Dec. 31 at Gulfstream.
On Friday, Nov. 27 at Churchill Downs, Tri-Bone Stables' Effinex will try to nail down the first grade I victory of his career when he faces an expected eight other horses in the $500,000 Clark Handicap.
Keen Ice, who is possible for the Clark Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 27 at Churchill Downs, and Effinex, who is pointing to the Clark off his runner-up finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), both breezed Nov. 21.
Crossed Sabres Farm's Lochte, upset winner of the 2014 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT), tops the field for the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park West Nov. 21.
Matthew Schera's Race Day moved between horses leaving the second turn and continued his momentum to win the Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) in track-record time on the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup card at Keeneland.
Grade 1 winners Hoppertunity and V. E. Day plus a trio of horses from trainer Todd Pletcher headline a field of 11 entered for the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II).
One race after being caught late in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I), Liam's Map led at every call in the $600,000 Woodward Stakes on Saturday, Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, drawing off to easily earn his first grade I victory.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. read blog
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Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) featuring Wicked Strong, Liam's Map, Mylute, and Protonico. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Woodward.
Four weeks after just missing his first grade I victory in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I), Liam's Map will try again when he faces an expected seven other horses in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Ain't Got Time||Timothy F. Ritchey||
|Albano||J. Larry Jones||
|Almost Famous||Patrick B. Byrne||
|Classic Giacnroll||Juan Carlos Guerrero||
|Grasshoppin||Mario Serey, Jr.||
|Joint Custody||John J. Robb||
|Just Call Kenny||Patrick B. McBurney||
|Lynx||Martin D. Wolfson||
|Protonico||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Saa Mi||Brendan P. Walsh||
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