Oaklawn News

Hot Springs, Ark. (Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015) – It was déjà vu for the connections of Far Right as they watched their colt repeat the same performance that won him the Jan. 19 Smarty Jones Stakes by ducking to the inside and coming up the rail to prevail in Sunday’s $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3). The win earned Far Right 10 points towards Kentucky Derby eligibility and moved him up to sixth-place on the leaderboard.

Ridden for the second straight race by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Far Right settled toward the back of the field as slight favorite Mr. Z led the field through opening fractions of :23 3/5 and :47 4/5 for the first half mile. The winner angled out four wide midway around the final turn, dropped to the inside nearing the furlong marker and dug in gamely to prevail by three-quarters of a length over longshot The Truth Or Else, who came from last to nose out Mr. Z for second. The final time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:47 2/5 over a sloppy track.

The graded stakes-placed Bold Conquest, making his 3-year-old debut was fourth. Hillbilly Royalty, Majestico, Private Prospect, Bayerd, Phenomenal Phoenix, Kantune and Bold Animaux completed the order of finish.

Winning owner Harry Rosenblum, who co-owns the Notional colt with Robert LaPenta, said he and trainer Ron Moquett would let Far Right tell them when his next race would be, but felt it was likely they would skip the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 14 and point instead toward the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11. The Rebel Stakes is now 20 days away after the Southwest had to be postponed six days due to winter weather.

Far Right has now improved his record to 3-2-2 in eight career starts and has earned $425,766. He returned $7.40, $3.40 and $2.80 as the 5-2 second choice in the 11-horse field.