A stellar field lines up in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, which might have something to do with the increased stake.
A purse of $250,000 and Kentucky Derby points are up for grabs, so there is plenty on the line on New Year’s Day.
Horse racing odds are available for the Smarty Jones Stakes, which is headed by Home Brew.
Smarty Jones Stakes Is a Kentucky Derby Prep
Right Recipe for Home Brew
Brad Cox lines up the 3-year-old colt who already has two wins on the board. (All horses turn a year older on Jan. 1). He won on debut at Laurel Park before finishing second at Churchill Downs behind Blue Kentucky.
Not perturbed by the placing, Home Brew got back on track with a win at Oaklawn Park, and having experience on the track helps in the Smarty Jones Stakes.
He has a rating of 119, and although he’s not favored in Kentucky Derby betting markets, he has supporters for this race.
The sportsbook has the son of Street Sense on the first line of betting at +300, which is a fair price for a nice type in the making.
He’s just ahead of Barber Road, who is another smart colt. The son of Race Day started his career with an unassuming fourth at Colonial Downs, but he was quick to improve with consecutive wins at Keeneland and Churchill Downs.
Having four runs under his belt helps and he should be the biggest test to Home Brew.
Kavod Keeps Running
It’s unusual for a juvenile to have nine starts in a calendar year, but that’s what Kavod achieved from April to December.
You could make a case that trainer Chris Hartman has run him into the ground, but his recent form is best. He won at Churchill Downs before taking out the Advent Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
The son of Lea took on tough company prior to that when finishing sixth behind Kentucky Derby fancy Jack Christopher in the Grade I Champagne Stakes.
Connections clearly think highly of Kavod and he’s an interesting runner in this field. He has been respected in betting markets at +500, so he could be worth having on your Smarty Jones Stakes ticket.
Also favored at each-way odds is Cairama, who finished third behind Kavod in the Advent. It was only his third career start, so there is plenty of improvement to come.
His maiden effort to score at Belmont is a good betting guide and he could turn the tables on Kavod at better odds.
When placing betting online exotic wagers, including Cairama, who could drift out to double-figure odds come post time.
Cool Papa G is a Live Chance
We wouldn’t leave Cool Papa G out of calculations at generous odds. The son of Maclean’s Music hails from the powerful Steven Asmussen stable, so he has a good team behind him.
He won on debut at Churchill Downs before finishing third behind Tejano Twist in two subsequent runs at Keeneland and Churchill Downs.
Placing in the Lively Shively is a solid form guide for the Smarty Jones Stakes and there is enough betting support to suggest he can run a race.
Watch for any late betting moves.