05/21/2012 1:07PM

Delaware Park: Reckless Jerry looks logical


It hasn’t taken long for Kenny Smith to get into a good grove at Delaware Park or for bettors to catch on that the string of horses Smith has brought up from Oaklawn Park are all well-meant and ready to run.

Spending his first season at Delaware, Smith is off to a 3-for-9 start and picked up a pair of second-place finishes. Eight of his nine horses have gone off at odds of 3-1 or less. He raced last summer at Prairie Meadows.

Smith has another logical contender set for Wednesday’s featured eighth race, the $50,000 Buddy Delp Memorial Stakes at one mile for 3-year-olds, in Reckless Jerry.

A Triple Crown nominee, Reckless Jerry got off to auspicious start on the road to the Kentucky Derby when he outran his 17-1 odds to miss by a neck to Junebugred in the one-mile Smarty Jones in January and followed up by finishing third in the slower of two divisions of the Southwest Stakes on Feb. 20. Smith gave Reckless Jerry one more shot to prove himself a Derby contender, but the son of Cactus Ridge failed to muster his customary rally and finished 10th of 12 in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes.

Afterwards, it was reported Restless Jerry had a lung infection, was treated with antibiotics, and taken out of training to be given time to recuperate. Since returning to the track, Restless Jerry has worked out twice at Delaware, including a best-of-12 four-furlong move in 48.20 seconds last Thursday. He will break from post 3 in a field of five in the Buddy Delp.

Restless Jerry’s rivals include Window Boy, who has crossed the finish line first in each of his last two races since returning from Gulfstream Park; Cop a Tude, runner-up in the seven-furlong Philmont at Parx last time out; and Lemon Juice, who finished last of 10 in the James W. Murphy on turf as part of the Preakness undercard.

Window Boy was disqualfied for drifting in during a seven-length score at Penn National, then beat first-level allowance foes in his second try at the same class level.

Cop a Tude was flattered when the horse he nosed out in the Philmont, Runnin Bull, returned to win an allowance last Saturday at Parx.

Lemon Juice would be coming back in four days, but his trainer, Dane Kobiskie, is 4-for-10 with turf-to-dirt runners returning ln seven days or less.