The ungraded, $100,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on Jan 16 kicked off the Oaklawn Park prep series for Kentucky Derby 2012 contenders and Junebugred sat the right trip under Joe Bravo.
Smarty Jones Stakes (1-16-12): 89 BSF (Junebugred)
Junebugred, a lightly raced 3yo son of Corinthian, saved ground from post 2 and was always full of run. He scooted through along the rail in the stretch and prevailed by a neck, stopping the clock in 1:38.45 for the flat mile journey and paying $14.80.
Reckless Jerry raced wide from post 12 and probably would have won with a better draw. He was slowly gaining late and can turn the tables on Junebugred next time.
Fabulous filly On Fire Baby was hardly disgraced in a solid show finish. She also raced wide from post 10 in her first start since November and can go better next out.
Smarty Jones Stakes Grade: C
Oaklawn Park Kentucky Derby 2012 Prep Schedule:
G3 Southwest Stakes – Feb 20
G2 Rebel Stakes – March 17
G1 Arkansas Derby – April 14