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
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The Smarty Jones Stakes is held at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas and provides an opportunity for Kentucky Derby hopefuls to tally a points distribution of 10-4-2-1 for finishing among the top four contenders in the race.


2020 Smarty Jones Stakes Entries & Results

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6
Gold Street
Martin Garcia
Steven Asmussen
$22.80
$9.00
$6.00
9
Three Technique
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Jeremiah C. Englehart
$4.20
$3.60
7
Shoplifted
Tyler Gaffalione
Steven Asmussen
$3.60
2
Silver Prospector
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Steven Asmussen
8
Lynn's Map
Miguel Mena
Mark E. Casse
3
Shared Sense
Florent Geroux
Brad H. Cox
1
Lykan
Terry J. Thompson
Ingrid Mason
5
Jungle Runner
RA Vazquez
Steven Asmussen
4
Nucky
Joe Talamo
Peter Miller

 

Exacta (6-9) $45.40
Trifecta (6-9-7) $94.45
Superfecta (6-9-7-2) $40.47

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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.

Past Winners of the Smarty Jones Stakes

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2020
Gold Street
Martin Garcia
Steven Asmussen
Mike McCarty
2019
Gray Attempt
Shaun Bridgmohan
William H. Fires
Dwight Pruett
2018
Gray Attempt
Shaun Bridgmohan
William H. Fires
Dwight Pruett
2017
Pavel
Mario Gutierrez
Doug F. O'Neill
Reddam Racing LLC
2016
Discreetness
Jon Court
William H. Fires
Xpress Thoroughbreds
2015
Far Right
Mike E. Smith
Ron Moquett
LaPenta/Rosenblum
2014
Tanzanite Cat
Norberto Arroyo Jr.
Cody Autrey
James & Ywachetta Driver
2013
Will Take Charge
Jon Court
D. Wayne Lukas
Willis Horton
2012
Junebugred
Joe Bravo
Steve Hobby
Alex & JoAnn Lieblong
2011
Caleb's Posse
Eusebio Razo Jr.
Donnie Von Hemel
McNeill Stables/Cheyenne Stables

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