12/06/2014 4:55PM

Like father, like son as Nasa takes Pennsylvania Nursery

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Nasa, a son of Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones, scores by 2 1/4 lengths under Kendrick Carmouche in the Pennsylvania Nursery.

The 2-year-old colt Nasa followed in the footsteps of his famous father, Smarty Jones, by winning Saturday’s $100,000 Pennsylvania Nursery at Parx Racing.

Smarty Jones, who went on to capture the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, won the Pennsylvania Nursery in late fall of 2003. Like Smarty Jones, Nasa is a homebred for Patricia Chapman’s Someday Farm and trained by John Servis.

Nasa ($6.60), the slight second choice, was sent to the front on a sloppy, sealed track by jockey Kendrick Carmouche. He and New York shipper Instructor Kunu, a 20-1 maiden, ran one-two for the entire seven furlongs, completed in 1:24.67.  The margin at the wire was 2 1/4 lengths. Blitzensmajikreign finished third at 34-1, 4 1/2 lengths in front of 21-1 longshot Scip of Indy.

The two disappointments in the race were Flagndini, who finished eighth as the 2-1 favorite, and Awesome Alex, sixth at 5-2.

The two huge longshots behind the 2-1 winner produced a $2 trifecta payoff worth $942.60.

Nasa won his maiden in his second career start at Laurel Park in late September, and then was third as the 2-5 favorite in a South Carolina residency restricted stakes three weeks ago.

tommy More than 1 year ago
The horse won the race not because of breed!!! Genetics only determine hair color, height, big feet, not strength, endurance, flexibility. The horse was doing very hard workouts which enabled physiological adaptions which aided in his victory because all other horses were out of shape!!
Rosemarie Cola More than 1 year ago
good luck Nasa, make your daddy proud. We loved him, hopefully we can fall in love with a Pa bred again!
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Smarty ran a 105 beyer without any LASIX. Compared to an 86 with LASIX. The times have changed.
tommy More than 1 year ago
You are wrong!!! LASIX has no performance enhancement and I will not run my horse with LASIX! Epo and sodium bicarbonate enhance performance which smarty jones uses along with other trainers. Also I know all nutrional aspects for a stronger healthier horse to obtain optimal performance!