Smarty Jones Stakes

  • Location: Oaklawn Park Racetrack, Hot Springs, AR
  • Inaugural Race: 2008
  • Distance: One mile
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • 2020 Purse: $150,000
  • 2020 Race Date: Friday, January 24th
Oaklawn Park

2019 Smarty Jones Stakes Entries & Results

8Gray AttemptShaun BridgmohanWilliam H. Fires$6.40$4.20$3.40
1Long Range ToddyRichard E. EramiaSteven M. Asmussen
5BoldorRamon A. VazquezSteven M. Asmussen$5.20
4Six ShooterStewart ElliottPaul E. Holthus
2Sleepy Eyes ToddDavid CabreraMiguel Angel Silva
7BankitRicardo Santana, Jr.Steven M. Asmussen
3Super SteedTerry J. ThompsonJ. Larry Jones
6ForloveofcountryJoe BravoJames P. DiVito
$2 Exacta (68-1) $37.20
$2 Trifecta (8-1-5) $249.40
$2 Superfecta (8-1-5-4) $1,773.60

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History of the Smarty Jones Stakes

One of the newest races on the Kentucky Derby trail is the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Named after the 2004 Kentucky Derby winner, the Smarty Jones Stakes is the first of four races for Derby-bound 3-year-olds at the Hot Springs, Arkansas track – the others being the Southwest Stakes, Rebel Stakes, and Arkansas Derby.

The race is named after Smarty Jones, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2004. Many believed Smarty Jones would break the Triple Crown drought that year, but he lost to Birdstone in the Belmont Stakes.

The race (not to be confused with a race by the same name at Parx) earned enough prestige in its short history to be made part of the inaugural Road to the Kentucky Derby series in 2013, and it has remained there since. The first four finishers earn points in the series with a 10-4-2-1 split.

The Smarty Jones Stakes hasn’t produced a winner of any of the Triple Crown races in its short history. But it has been won by a winner of the Champion Three-Year-Old Male title – that was Will Take Charge, who wasn’t in the money in the Triple Crown races but who later won the Travers Stakes and finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Other winners include the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Caleb’s Posse and the triple grade one winner Flat Out.

When looking for the winner, it’s best to look at late 2-year-old form, particularly in Kentucky. The Remington Springboard Mile at Remington Park in December is also a good form guide for the Smarty Jones Stakes.

Smarty Jones Stakes Trivia

When was the inaugural Smarty Jones Stakes run?


The first running of the Smarty Jones Stakes was 2008.

How many jockeys have won the race more than once?


Two jockeys have each won the race twice: Jon Court in 2013 and 2016 and Eusebio Razo Jr in 2008 and 2011.

Who hold the record for the fastest time recorded in the Smarty Jones?


The 2016 winner Discreetness stopped the clock in 1:38.05.

How many Kentucky Derby prep races are held at Oaklawn?


In addition to the Smarty Jones, Oaklawn hosts the Rebel, Southwest, and Arkansas Derby.

Past Winners of the Smarty Jones Stakes

2018Gray AttemptShaun BridgmohanWilliam H. FiresDwight Pruett
2017PavelMario GutierrezDoug F. O'NeillReddam Racing LLC
2016DiscreetnessJon CourtWilliam H. FiresXpress Thoroughbreds
2015Far RightMike E. SmithRon MoquettLaPenta/Rosenblum
2014Tanzanite CatNorberto Arroyo Jr.Cody AutreyJames & Ywachetta Driver
2013Will Take ChargeJon CourtD. Wayne LukasWillis Horton
2012JunebugredJoe BravoSteve HobbyAlex & JoAnn Lieblong
2011Caleb's PosseEusebio Razo Jr.Donnie Von HemelMcNeill Stables/Cheyenne Stables
2010DryflyCalvin BorelLynn S. WhitingCharles J. Cella
2009Flat OutJulio A. GarciaCharles L. DickeyOxbox Racing
2008Liberty BullEusebio Razo, Jr.Thomas M. AmossKenneth Maier