05/11/2011 10:46AM

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Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Date Track Race Finish Chart Distance Time BSF Video
5/21/11 PIM Preakness 10th 1 3/16 mile 1:56.40 85 Video
5/7/11 PIM Federico Tesio 1st 1 1/16 mile 1:45.60 86 Video

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Owner: Linda Gaudet and Morris Bailey
Trainer: Edmond Gaudet
Record: 8-4-0-0
Best Beyer: 86
Breeder: Bowman & Higgins Stable & Patricia L. Chapman
Tomlinson Distance Rating: 381

Auction: $16,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton Select, October 2009)
Dosage Profile: 5-2-9-0-0 (16)
Dosage Index: 2.56
Center of Distribution: 0.75

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PROFILE

By Michael Hammersly

STRENGTHS
He may well have turned the corner with the addition of more ground. He found stakes foes a bit too much to handle to start the year going six furlongs, seven furlongs, and a mile, but then came a drop and move to 1 1/16 miles at Pimlico and he flourished, winning smartly. They tossed him into the May 7 Federico Tesio, and he backed it up, winning impressively again and seeing his Beyer Speed Figure move north. It doesn’t hurt in the least that his sire, Smarty Jones, won the Preakness in dazzling fashion in 2004. He also benefits from home cooking – those two recent big wins came on this track, so he’s the one proven here, not the more fancied players.

WEAKNESSES
He moves into uncharted waters class-wise. While the Tesio win was nice, now he’s facing the Kentucky Derby winner and some other proven Grade 1 performers.

He has also got some work to do, as he just hasn’t run fast enough yet. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 86 for his Tesio win. While that’s nice and represents a career-topper, Animal Kingdom just earned a 103 Beyer for his Kentucky Derby victory, and the average winning Beyer for the Preakness is 109.

BETTING VALUE
His recent emergence, particularly since it came on the Pimlico surface, may give him a little boost in appeal. That being said, with the Kentucky Derby winner, the Kentucky Derby third, and beaten favorite in the Kentucky Derby, as well as some well-fancied runners who did not go in the Derby, he figures to get pushed to the sidelines by players, meaning odds in the vicinity of 30-1 seem in prospect. And that may be enough to lure some horse-for-course players.


PEDIGREE ANALYSIS

By Dan Illman

Sire:
Smarty Jones took the country by storm after winning the first two jewels of racing’s Triple Crown in 2004. He earned a towering 118 Beyer Speed Figure for his victory in the Preakness, a race in which he scored by 11 ½ lengths. Smarty Jones won the first eight starts of his career at distances ranging from six furlongs to 1 ¼ miles.

Thus far, Smarty Jones’ progeny have done best at sprint or middle distances. Backtalk won the Grade 2 Sanford at six furlongs while Rogue Romance, third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile behind Uncle Mo, won the Grade 3 Bourbon Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on grass. Gilded Gem won the Grade 3 Las Flores at 6 ½ furlongs in April.

Dam:
Richetta won four stakes races during her career, including the $60,000 Twin Lights Stakes going nine furlongs at Monmouth with a career-best 91 Beyer Speed Figure. A versatile filly, Richetta scored at distances ranging from 5 ½ furlongs to 1 1/8-miles.

The second dam, Riscay (by Rahy), was stakes-placed going 1 ½ miles on grass at Pimlico. This is the female family of multiple Grade 1 route winner Bounding Basque, Grade 2 route winner El Basco, and Kentucky Oaks heroine Heavenly Cause,

Outlook:
The one-eyed gelding boasts a strong female family and has already shown an affinity for the Pimlico main track. The Preakness will be the toughest test of his career, but the former claimer has the pedigree to handle the added distance.