Smarty Jones Stakes- Oaklawn Park
2nd, 3rd, 4th (pts): Texas Bling (4), Always in a Tiz (2), Stormy Holiday (1)
Will Take Charge helped owner Willis Horton get some of the money back for his $425,000 purchase by beating Texas Bling by a nose in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn. The half-brother to last year’s Florida Derby (G1) winner Take Charge Indy ran a nice race considering he started widest of them all and stayed that way into the first turn and most of the race. Jon Court had to eventually urge Will Take Charge to get in gear down the stretch and barely hung on for the nose win. A couple steps further and Will Take Charge could have conceivably finished 2nd or 3rd, however you can’t discount a horse’s distance potential based on what happens after the wire. His pedigree suggests he could stretch out farther and you have to like his upward trajectory.
The tables were turned for Texas Bling, who beat Will Take Charge last time out in the Springboard Mile Stakes at Remington. Unlike his rival though, Texas Bling probably won’t like the added distance of later Derby preps considering his lineage is top heavy with sprinters.
Favored Always in a Tiz was closing feverishly down the outside of the stretch when finally seeing daylight after being boxed in on the rail and behind horses most of the race. He definitely learned a few lessons on getting dirt kicked in his face and not getting his way, which should pay dividends down the line.
San Pedro Stakes
Winner: Distinctiv Passion
Jimmy Winkfield S.- Aqueduct
Kentucky Derby update for 1/21 (In The Money Blog)
Is Oxbow a legitimate Kentucky Derby contender? (The Sports Network)
Gorgui (the horse) to get into starting lineup Saturday (Courier-Journal Blog)
Frac Daddy- GP- 5F- 1.01:31 B- 9/30
Quotes and Tweets:
Allowance winner Bradester not likely for Holy Bull, trainer Eddie Kenneally said. "We’re just going to wait and see."- J.J. Hysell via Twitter
“Trainer Doug O’Neill reports Mudflats likely for San Vicente on Feb. 17”- J.J. Hysell via Twitter