HRT Highlights #43: Smarty Jones Stakes & More Recaps

In HRT we bring the latest information about horse racing. In this episode, we will look at racing across the US starting with the three-year-olds looking toward the Kentucky Derby. Here are our HRT Highlights #43!

HRT Highlights #43

Smarty Jones Stakes

Flavian Prat may have moved his tack to California for the winter but when Chad Brown need a jockey for his three-year-old Victory Formation, he called the French jockey and was rewarded with a gate-to-wire victory.  

The win moved his record to 3 for 3 and was worth 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points. The bettors also noticed and his Kentucky Derby future book odds fell to 25/1 according to JazzSports.

Skippylongstocking conquers the Harlan’s Holiday 

Trainer Saffie Joseph sent out two horses in the G3 Harlan’s Holiday with the three-year-old winner of the West Virginia Derby Skippylongstocking and the Chilean champion O’Connor. 

O’Connor who went off favored at 6/5 never really got going and finished a lackluster 4th.  Skippy broke alertly and sat behind Pioneer of Medina and then took the lead and won by two lengths. 

Both horses will be pointed towards the Pegasus World Cup where they figure to meet Cyberknife who will be making his final start before heading off to stud duty.

Aqueduct will host two Kentucky Derby Prep Races this week

Coming up this week will be two derby prep races, at Aqueduct. Arctic Arrogance fresh off a 2nd place finish in the G2 Remsen figures to be the favorite in the Jerome going 1 mile.  The G3 Sham Stakes will take place Sunday and Bob Baffert has 9 nominees highlighted by Havnameltdown and National Treasure.

That’s all for now.  Check our site for the latest Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Future Book news and follow us on Twitter for the up-to-the-minute results.  Have a good week and may all your wagers be winners.

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