'Like Zion Williamson,' Three Technique takes on Smarty Jones Stakes

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One entrant within the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds opening day Friday at Oaklawn landed in Steve Haskin’s first Derby Dozen launched previous this in week, nevertheless it wasn’t the Grade 1 winner, the Grade 2 winner or the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile starter.

It used to be 3 Method, who’s scheduled to make his 3-year-old and stakes debut within the 1-mile Smarty Jones – Oaklawn’s first of 4 2020 Kentucky Derby issues races – for teacher Jeremiah Englehart and the August Break of day Farm of two-time Tremendous Bowl-winning trainer Invoice Parcells.

Even if 3 Method hasn’t ever raced out of doors New York or round two turns, the son of millionaire Mr Speaker checked in 9th in Haskin’s scores following two sharp victories to near 2019.

“He’s one those who’s more or less like Zion Williamson,” Englehart mentioned Thursday morning, relating to the primary total variety within the 2019 NBA draft who made his skilled debut Wednesday night time. “Perhaps no longer slightly Zion Williamson of the NBA but, however he’s been flashy. Now, he’s were given to turn out it.”

The primary probability comes within the Smarty Jones, which drew a box of 9, together with 4 horses for Corridor of Reputation teacher Steve Asmussen. The Smarty Jones will be offering 17 issues to the highest 4 finishers (10-4-2-1) towards beginning eligibility for the Kentucky Derby. Oost time for the Smarty Jones, the 8th of 9 races at the opening-day card, is 4:52 p.m. ET. 

3 Method has been the making a bet favourite in all 4 occupation begins. After completing 2nd in his first two occupation races – the second one used to be to next Grade 1 winner Basin – 3 Method broke his maiden through Five ½ lengths Aug. 31 at Saratoga and toppled first-level allowance competitors through Four ½ lengths Nov. 20 at Aqueduct. Each races have been seven furlongs.

3 Method has been founded at Oaklawn for greater than a month and has had 4 native revealed exercises main as much as the Smarty Jones.

“We’re simply seeking to take our subsequent step right here,” mentioned the New York-based Englehart, who’s wintering in Sizzling Springs for the primary time. “Without equal purpose is, annually, to take a look at to increase a few of these younger horses into working within the vintage 3-year-old races and increase them into older horses. He’s most likely probably the most ones that we’ve all the time been prime on talent-wise. It’s only a topic of him taking his recreation to the following point now.”

Silver Prospector, Jungle Runner, Gold Boulevard and Shoplifted are educated through Asmussen, who’s bidding for his first Smarty Jones victory. Asmussen has 83 occupation stakes victories at Oaklawn, together with a minimum of one annually since his first in 1996.

Silver Prospector exits a victory within the $300,000 Kentucky Jockey Membership Stakes (G2) Nov. 30 at Churchill Downs. Shoplifted rebounded from a seventh-place end within the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita to win the $400,000 Springboard Mile Dec. 15 at Remington Park.

The Peter Miller-trained Nucky would be the first Grade 1 winner to contest the Smarty Jones, inaugurated in 2008. Nucky captured the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (G1) Sept. 2 Del Mar.

Lynn’s Map might be making his 3-year-old and stakes debut after scratching from the Lecomte Stakes (G3) closing Saturday at Honest Grounds as a result of a deficient submit place (14). Lynn’s Map capped his 2-year-old season with an entry-level allowance victory through a head Dec. 21 at Honest Grounds for teacher Mark Casse. Runner-up in that 1-mile 70-yard race used to be Mr. Monomoy, who returned to run 3rd, crushed 1 ¾ lengths through the Casse-trained Enforceable, within the Lecomte. Lynn’s Map drew higher for the Smarty Jones in submit 8.

“I don’t know if there’s an actual dangerous submit there,” Casse mentioned. “Should you mentioned it to me: ‘Mark, what would had been your excellent submit?’ It most likely would had been 5. So, Eight isn’t that a long way off 5. We’re no longer going to make use of that as an excuse, let’s put it that approach.”

Oaklawn’s Kentucky Derby issues sequence continues with the $750,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 17, $1 million Riot Stakes (G2) March 14 and the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11.

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