The track at Oaklawn Park started the year off with a bang in front of a crowd of 20,000 onlookers on January 25.
In the running of the $150,000, one-mile Smarty Jones Stakes, it was betting favorite Gray Attempt that kept in line with the odds, ousting the competition to earn 10 points on the American Road to the 2019 Kentucky Derby®.
The favorite held the lead for most of the dirt race, maintaining a one length advantage going into the final stretch. But challenges still awaited, as contenders Long Range Toddy and Boldor both blossomed into contention in the final moments. As Boldor aimed for the lead from the outside, Long Range Toddy tried to jump upfront from the inside.
With two challengers on his neck, Gray Attempt, under the lead of Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, emptied out whatever was left in the gas tank to prevent either contender from overtaking him.
While the challenge was legitimate from both Boldor and Long Range Toddy, the perseverance of Gray Attempt to not be shaken by either pursuing en route to victory proves well for his future as he continues along to Road to the Kentucky Derby.
Check out our previous Road to the Derby updates!
Kentucky Derby American Road Standings
|4||Longe Range Toddy||14|
|9||War of Will||10|
|14||Code of Honor||4|
|19||Hog Creek Hustle||4|
|20||Plus Que Parfait||4|
Kentucky Derby European Road Standings
|1||Royal Marine (IRE)||10|
|2||Magna Grecia (IRE)||10|
|5||Phoenix of Spain (IRE)||4|
|7||Sydney Opera House (GB)||4|
|8||Mount Everest (IRE)||4|
|10||Western Australia (IRE)||2|
|11||Cape of Good Hope (IRE)||2|
|12||Power of Now (IRE)||2|
|14||Victory Command (IRE)||1|
|15||Circus Maximus (IRE)||1|
Kentucky Derby Japan Road Standings
|1||Nova Lenda (JPN)||20|
|3||Derma Louvre (JPN)||8|
|4||Gal Vihara (JPN)||4|
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