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Oaklawn Set for 2021 Opening on Friday

January 21, 2021 |

2021 Season Opens With Similar Look, Some Important And Significant Changes By Margaret Ransom Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, will open for its 117th season of live racing on Friday with a nine-race card featuring the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds, the first stop on the state’s lucrative path to the Kentucky Derby (GI), […]

Mourinho Kicks Clear For Smarty Jones Victory

January 15, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ Mourinho earned his first stakes victory and stamped himself a legitimate Kentucky Derby (GI) contender on Monday with his impressive wire-to-wire victory by 3 ¼ lengths in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The Bob Baffert trainee was ridden to victory by regular jockey Drayden VanDyke and earned […]

Smarty Jones Stakes Highlights Great Holiday Card at Oaklawn Park

January 15, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom The route through Arkansas on the Kentucky Derby (GI) trail gets underway today with the 11th running of the Smarty Jones Stakes, named for the much beloved 2004 Derby and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner who swept the Southwest Stakes (GIII), Rebel Stakes (GII) and Arkansas Derby (GI) en route to dual classic winner […]

Looking at the 2015 Smarty Jones Field

January 17, 2015 |

Looking at the 2015 Smarty Jones Field: Smarty Jones was the first horse to enter the Belmont undefeated with a chance to win the Triple Crown since Seattle Slew did so in 1977. Smarty Jones was a Pennsylvania-bred with modest breeding and trained by John Servis, an unknown in the world of the Triple Crown. John […]