05/29/2009 11:00PM

Lord Justice leads all the way


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Lord Justice set the pace in the Wood Memorial, carrying the day until I Want Revenge and five others swept past in the lane.

The colt's next start was Saturday at Monmouth Park in the $70,000 Spend a Buck Stakes for 3-year-olds. Same tactics, but a much different outcome for the Stronach Stables homebred.

Emerging with the lead on the first turn, Lord Justice ($15.60) was never headed the rest of way, holding off Santana Six by a half-length with It Happened Again, the 2-1 favorite, third.

"I'm surprised nobody challenged him," said Anthony Sciametta, the New Jersey-based assistant for trainer Todd Pletcher. "When you let this horse get away, he's tough."

Lord Justice set honest fractions, clicking off a half-mile in 45.86 seconds and zipping past the three-quarter pole in 1:10.10. He finished one mile and 70 yards in 1:39.85, with Chris DeCarlo aboard.

The victory was the third in six starts and first stakes victory for the son of A.P. Indy.

Smart Enough wins second Wolf Hill

A ligament injury wiped out last summer for Smart Enough, denying the outstanding grass sprinter a chance to defend his title in Monmouth's $60,000 Wolf Hill Stakes.

Two years later, Smart Enough returned with a dazzling front-running victory, beating Atticus Kristy by 1 3/4 lengths, with Awakino Cat third. The time was 1:01.18 for about 5 1/2 furlongs on the good turf, with Eddie Castro aboard.

"We could not ask him to do any better," trainer John R. S. Fisher said of the 6-year-old gelding. "He's back to himself."

Smart Enough ($3.60) improved to 11 for 20, including a perfect 4 for 4 in Monmouth grass sprints.

Fisher said the next race will be the $200,000 Highland Stakes, on the Queen's Plate undercard June 21 at Woodbine.