Uncontested wins the 2017 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park

Uncontested wins the 2017 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park

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Uncontested Back at Oaklawn for Southwest

Tiz Wonderful colt romped last time out in the Smarty Jones Stakes.

Robert LaPenta and Harry Rosenblum's Uncontested will look to score an Oaklawn Park Triple Crown prep double in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 20.

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.

The four who finished immediately behind Uncontested in his romp—Petrov (second), Rowdy the Warrior (third), Warrior's Club (fourth), and Cu Rahy (fifth)—also are back for the Southwest.

MITCHELL: Uncontested Romp in Smarty Jones

The main contenders to take down Uncontested appear to be L and N Racing's Lookin At Lee and undefeated East Coast shipper One Liner.

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.

Entries: Southwest S. (G3)

Oaklawn Park, Monday, February 20, 2017, Race 9

  • Grade III
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $500,000
  • 3 yo
  • 5:09 PM (local)
11Cool Arrow (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.119Joe Sharp12/1
22Silver Dust (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie115Randy L. Morse10/1
33Uncontested (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateChanning Hill122Wayne M. Catalano5/2
44Lookin At Lee (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRicardo Santana, Jr.117Steven M. Asmussen8/1
55Rowdy the Warrior (OK)Luis S. Quinonez115Donnie K. Von Hemel20/1
66Cu Rahy (MD)Glenn W. Corbett115Danele Durham50/1
77Warrior's Club (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateChris Landeros117D. Wayne Lukas12/1
88Petrov (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose L. Ortiz115Ron Moquett5/1
99Dilettante (FL)Florent Geroux115D. Wayne Lukas15/1
1010Hence (KY)Ramon A. Vazquez115Steven M. Asmussen20/1
1111One Liner (KY)John R. Velazquez115Todd A. Pletcher7/2
1212P C Cowboy (KY)Carlos H. Marquez, Jr.115John Alexander Ortiz30/1
1313Chief Know It All (KY)Joseph Rocco, Jr.117Brad H. Cox12/1