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Far Right Uses Strong Kick To Win Southwest Stakes

Far Right won his second straight stakes race at Oaklawn (Coady Photography)
Far Right won his second straight stakes race at Oaklawn (Coady Photography)

Far Right Uses Strong Kick To Win Southwest Stakes

The sloppy track was not a problem for Far Right as he won his second straight stakes race at Oaklawn Park. Just as he did in the Smarty Jones, Far Right went to the far left on the rail to get up and win by three quarters of a length.

The race started with Mr. Z intent on getting the lead from the far outside post. Pressing him throughout much of the race was Hillbilly Royalty with three lengths back to Kantune, Phenomenal Phoenix, and Bayerd. Behind that trio was Bold Animaux and Private Prospect while the trailing trio was Bold Conquest, Far Right, and Majestico nearly 10 lengths off the lead.

Mr. Z and Hillbilly Royalty continued to duel for the lead through fractions of 23.61 for the opening quarter, 47.90 for the opening half mile, and 1:14.33 for the first six furlongs. The Truth Or Else made a strong, yet wide move on the far turn to get into contention and eventually took the lead by a head at the stretch call.

To his inside were Mr. Z and Hillbilly Royalty, both of whom were still battling on. Not far of the three leaders was Far Right who ducked towards the rail to make his move. Bold Conquest was still in contention while the rest of the field was well out of it and had no chance of making an impact.

It took nearly the length of the stretch, but Far Right was able to close in the slop to win with The Truth Or Else finishing second by a nose over Mr. Z. It was another three lengths to Bold Conquest in fourth and Hillbilly Royalty in fifth. The order of finish for the rest of the field was Majestico, Private Prospect, Bayerd, Phenomenal Phoenix, Kantune, and Bold Animaux.

Far Right is by Notional out of the Vindication mare Zindi. He was ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Ron Moquett. He ran the one mile and one sixteenth in 1:47.50 over a sloppy track. Far Right paid $7.40 to win, $3.40 to place, and $2.80 to show.

Unlike the Risen Star and Fountain Of Youth Stakes on Saturday, the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes distributed points of 10, 4, 2, and 1 to the top four finishers respectively. Far Right now has 22 points, The Truth Or Else has 6 points, Mr. Z now has 14 points, and Bold Conquest has 7 points. The points are used to determined who will make it into the Kentucky Derby starting gate.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby has a break next weekend and returns on March 7 with three stakes races. The Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct, the San Felipe at Santa Anita, and the Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs will all be run on Saturday, March 7. All three of those races will be at one mile and one sixteenth with each offering 50 points to the winner, 20 points to the runner up, 10 points to the third place finisher, and 5 points to the fourth place finisher.

The next Kentucky Derby prep race at Oaklawn Park is the Rebel Stakes on Saturday, March 14. The Rebel will also feature a 50-20-10-5 point distribution and be run at a mile and one sixteenth.

2015 Southwest Stakes Preview Part 2

2015 Southwest Stakes Preview Part 2

This post may seem very similar to another Southwest Stakes Preview and that is due to a rescheduling of the race. The Grade 3 Southwest Stakes was scheduled to be run on President’s Day, February 16, but an ice storm forced Oaklawn to cancel the card on Monday. Instead, the track decided to postpone the race until this weekend and will run the Southwest Stakes on Sunday, February 22.

Surprisingly, there have been only a few horses who opted to go elsewhere for the weekend stakes races from the original field. In fact, 10 of the original 12 entrants in Monday’s race return for Sunday’s edition. Only War Story and J S Bach went elsewhere while Hillbilly Royalty threw his hat in for this race.

This race will still feature points awarded to the top four finishers in the 10-4-2-1 allotment of Kentucky Derby Leaderboard Points. The 11 three-year olds will race a mile and a sixteenth on the main track for a purse of $300,000.

The Southwest Stakes is carded as the eighth of 9 races on Sunday with a post time of 5:42 PM Eastern Time. Free past performances can be found here.

1. Bayerd (5-1 Morning Line) – After breaking his maiden by 11 lengths in his second start, he won 2 of his next 3 races in stakes competition before heading to the Smarty Jones Stakes last time out. He finished second in that race behind Far Right and after Mr. Z bore out in deep stretch. It was a solid race but he had every opportunity to draw off and win. His ceiling here is underneath.

2. Majestico (30-1 ML) – His first four starts were all on turf including the grade 3 Bourbon where he finished fourth despite being a maiden in that race. His fourth start on turf was his maiden breaker and he moved to dirt for his next two starts. He has not been competitive in those two starts and given the quality of this field, he will have another tough start here.

3. Hillbilly Royalty (7-2 ML) – He started his career at Remington Park on November 22 going a mile when he pulled clear in the stretch to win by 2 1/2 lengths. After a two and a month break, he resurfaced here at Oaklawn on February 6 in an optional claiming $62,500. He went gate-to-wire in that affair to win by 4 1/2 lengths going 1 1/16 miles. Now he comes into this race off those two wins and he should be able to control the pace from the slot (the rest of the speed horses are to his outside). He makes sense as a top pick here and is fortunate this race was postponed by 6 days.

4. Private Prospect (12-1 ML) – He finished fourth in the Smarty Jones Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths, but he was running evenly throughout much of the race. Prior to that he was 9th in the grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and second in the grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity. He rates at an outsider here, but may hit the superfecta ticket.

5. Bold Conquest (10-1 ML) – He has run decently in all four of his starts beginning with his two maiden races at Saratoga. He was second by three lengths in his debut before winning his second start by a head. He finished second again in the grade 3 Iroquois at Churchill before a third place finish in the grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity. That start was more than four months ago and he may need this race.

6. Far Right (5-2 ML) – His last race was the Smarty Jones Stakes where he burst through on the rail to win by nearly 2 lengths. Prior to that he had back-to-back third place finishes in the grade 3 Delta Jackpot and the listed Street Sense Stakes. He had a solid pace to run at last time, but there does not appear to be as much speed. If he runs back to his last race, he will be close at the finish line.

7. Phenomenal Phoenix (30-1 ML) – He started his career at Remington Park with a third place finish before crushing his foes in his second start by 5 1/2 lengths. He stepped up into stakes competition in his third start and finished fourth by 6 lengths. Last time out, he was entered in an optional claiming $75,000 and finished second by a length. He is adding blinkers for this race, but he has to make a vast improvement to contend.

8. The Truth or Else (20-1 ML) – This son of Yes It’s True needed four starts to break his maiden and then went on to start in three straight grade 1 or 2 races. The first two resulted in third place finishes while the last one was a sixth place finish where he lost by 16 lengths. His latest race was on November 29 and he has been working well in the morning. The feeling here is that he will need this race.

9. Kantune (12-1 ML) – It has taken this guy a while to break his maiden, which he did last time out in his seventh start. To his credit, he has not run poorly in any of his 7 career starts with his worst finish being fourth by 3 lengths. He will be near the lead and if the pace is slow enough perhaps he can hang on for a piece.

10. Bold Animaux (30-1 ML) – He broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park West in October over the turf course before being crushed in the Juvenile Turf Stakes for Florida breds. He has raced 5 times in his career, all on turf with the last race in a $40,000 open claiming race. This is a very odd spot for him to try dirt and appears to be a deserved longshot.

11. Mr. Z (3-1 ML) – He is the most experienced runner in this field with 9 starts and the last 8 have come in stakes competition. The biggest concern for this runner is two-fold. First, he has 9 starts with only 1 win, but 4 seconds, and 2 thirds. The other concern is his last race when he veered out badly in deep stretch and finished third. He is certainly talented and classy, but his inability to win makes him a dangerous proposition at short odds.

 

Selections

From a win perspective, this race comes down to #3 Hillbilly Royalty and #6 Far Right. The only other horse that could win here is #1 Bayerd while a stand is going to be taken against #11 Mr. Z after his bizarre stretch run in the Smarty Jones. #4 Private Prospect could hit the trifecta or superfecta ticket if things break his way.

1. Hillbilly Royalty

2. Far Right

3. Bayerd

4. Private Prospect

 

Do not forget to come back and read the recap of the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes on Sunday night and check out the future Kentucky Derby prep races here.

2015 Southwest Stakes Preview

Editor’s Note: If you are looking for the latest Southwest Stakes Preview, please click here. The post below was for the race on February 16, 2015, but was cancelled due to inclement weather.

2015 Southwest Stakes Preview

The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues with a special President’s Day racing card at Oaklawn Park. The grade 3 Southwest Stakes will be run at one and one sixteenth miles at Oaklawn over their main track. The grade 3 event has a purse of $300,000 with an opportunity to win up to 10 points towards the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard.

This is the final race of the Kentucky Derby Prep Season before there is a transition to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series. The latter sees the points ramp up to 50 for a win, 20 points for a second place finish, 10 points for a third place finish, and 5 points for a fourth place finish.

The Southwest Stakes has a full field of 12 horses. Post time is scheduled for 6:09 PM Eastern Time for the Southwest Stakes, which is the ninth of ten races on the racing card. Free past performances can be found here. The top four horses from the Smarty Jones Stakes here at Oaklawn on January 19 also return for this race.

Here is a look at each horse in the 2015 Southwest Stakes.

1. J S Bach (4-1 Morning Line) – He started his career on December 19 with a second place finish going five and a half furlongs at Gulfstream. He followed that solid debut with a crushing eight and a 1/2 length victory going a mile and a sixteenth at Gulfstream on January 17. He does move up into grade 3 company for this race, but the rail spot and his early speed will keep him in this race. Disregard at your own risk.

2. Far Right (3-1 ML) – His last race was the Smarty Jones Stakes where he burst through on the rail to win by nearly 2 lengths. Prior to that he had back-to-back third place finishes in the grade 3 Delta Jackpot and the listed Street Sense Stakes. He had a solid pace to run at last time, but there does not appear to be as much speed. If he runs back to his last race, he will be close at the finish line.

3. Private Prospect (15-1 ML) – He finished fourth in the Smarty Jones Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths, but he was running evenly throughout much of the race. Prior to that he was 9th in the grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and second in the grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity. He rates at an outsider here, but may hit the superfecta ticket.

4. Bayerd (8-1 ML) – After breaking his maiden by 11 lengths in his second start, he won 2 of his next 3 races in stakes competition before heading to the Smarty Jones Stakes last time out. He finished second in that race behind Far Right and after Mr. Z bore out in deep stretch. It was a solid race but he had every opportunity to draw off and win. His ceiling here is underneath.

5. The Truth Or Else (20-1 ML) – This son of Yes It’s True needed four starts to break his maiden and then went on to start in three straight grade 1 or 2 races. The first two resulted in third place finishes while the last one was a sixth place finish where he lost by 16 lengths. His latest race was on November 29 and he has been working well in the morning. The feeling here is that he will need this race.

6. Kantune (15-1 ML) – It has taken this guy a while to break his maiden, which he did last time out in his seventh start. To his credit, he has not run poorly in any of his 7 career starts with his worst finish being fourth by 3 lengths. He will be near the lead and if the pace is slow enough perhaps he can hang on for a piece.

7. Phenomenal Phoenix (30-1 ML) – He started his career at Remington Park with a third place finish before crushing his foes in his second start by 5 1/2 lengths. He stepped up into stakes competition in his third start and finished fourth by 6 lengths. Last time out, he was entered in an optional claiming $75,000 and finished second by a length. He is adding blinkers for this race, but he has to make a vast improvement to contend.

8. Majestico (30-1 ML) – His first four starts were all on turf including the grade 3 Bourbon where he finished fourth despite being a maiden in that race. His fourth start on turf was his maiden breaker and he was moved to dirt for his next two starts. He has not been competitive in those two starts and given the quality of this field, he will have another tough start here.

9. Bold Conquest (12-1 ML) – He has run decently in all four of his starts beginning with his two maiden races at Saratoga. He was second by three lengths in his debut before winning his second start by a head. He finished second again in the grade 3 Iroquois at Churchill before a third place finish in the grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity. That start was more than four months ago and he may need this race.

10. Mr. Z (7-2 ML) – He is the most experienced runner in this field with 9 starts and the last 8 have come in stakes competition. The biggest concern for this runner is two-fold. First, he has 9 starts with only 1 win, but 4 seconds, and 2 thirds. The other concern is his last race when he veered out badly in deep stretch and finished third. He is certainly talented and classy, but his inability to win makes him a dangerous proposition at short odds.

11. War Story (4-1 ML) – This guy is lightly raced with only 3 starts to his resume. He won his debut at Churchill on November 1 by 2 3/4 lengths and the followed that up with another win at the Fair Grounds on December 28 by 2 3/4 lengths as well. Last time out he ran in the grade 3 LeComte where he had the lead in the stretch, but was run down by International Star to lose by 2 1/2 lengths. He has solid works and if he can get good position prior to the first turn, he should have a good chance at winning this race.

12. Bold Animaux (30-1 ML) – He broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park West in October over the turf course before being crushed in the Juvenile Turf Stakes for Florida breds. He has raced 5 times in his career, all on turf with the last race in a $40,000 open claiming race. This is a very odd spot for him to try dirt and appears to be a deserved longshot.

 

Selections

This race is a mix of classy and established stakes performers as well as up and coming maiden winners. #11 War Story is the top choice here, but his chances are contingent on getting a good spot from the wide post position. #1 J S Bach will have the rail and could be the controlling speed from that spot. He looks dangerous here. #4 Bayerd has an excellent record of 6 starts and six on the board finishes and he should be a decent price based on his 8-1 morning line. #2 Far Right could certainly win this race as well after his rail running and powerful burst in the Smarty Jones a month back. #10 Mr. Z is not in the top four based on his veering out last race and his inability to win races consistently. That does not mean he will not hit the board, but it is best to have him prove he can beat you from the win angle.

1. War Story

2. J S Bach

3. Bayerd

4. Far Right

Check back on Monday evening for a recap of the 2015 Southwest Stakes.