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Uncontested Scoops Easy Smarty Jones Victory

Added on: Jan. 17, 2017

US thoroughbred racing horse and son of Tiz Wonderful, Uncontested, won Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones with ease in a 5 1/4-length victory. The 6-5 odds-on favorite beat seven other runners including second place Petrov, third place Rowdy the Warrior and fourth place Warrior’s Club. It was a wet and muddy track and it was the opening leg of Oaklawn Park’s four-race series of Kentucky Derby (G1) preparation races.

This easy victory earned Uncontested a total of 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard and speaking about the victory on Monday was Uncontested’s jockey, Channing Hill. He said, “He doesn't lollygag, but he can get a little lazy on you. He was still moving forward, but I just gave him a few taps as a reminder about what we were doing today, and he absolutely cruised from there.” We managed to obtain these comments from the ESPN website.

Some of the other upcoming events on the Road to the Kentucky series of prep races include Lecomte at Fair Grounds on January 21st and then on February 4th it’s the Withers at Aqueduct, the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park and the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita Park. You can also look forward to the Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs on February 11th, the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on February 18th and the Hyacinth at Tokyo Racecourse on February 19th and then it’s back to Oaklawn Park for the Southwest the following day.

Uncontested now has a total of 11 Kentucky Derby qualifying points and the last point was earned back on November 26th after coming fourth in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs. Uncontested is also expected to take part in the Grade III $500,000 Southwest at Oaklawn on February 20th. The winner of this race will also receive 10 points for the leaderboard. Uncontested is owned by Harry Rosenblum and Robert LaPenta and trained by Wayne Catalano.

The upcoming second leg in Oaklawn Park’s four-race series is followed by the Grade II $900,000 Rebel on March 18 and the Grade I $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 15th. The Rebel winner will pick up 50 points for the leaderboard and the Arkansas winner will pick up a cool 100 points.