Southwest, Smith Next for Far Right
Trainer Ron Moquett confirmed Saturday that Far Right will make his next start in the Southwest Stakes and that Mike Smith will again ride the Smarty Jones Stakes winner.
Far Right, in his first work since the one-mile Smarty Jones, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.20 just after the track opened for training Saturday morning.
“Right now, we’re headed to the Southwest,” co-owner Harry Rosenblum said. “Ron was elated with his work.”
Rosenblum, a Little Rock, Ark., businessman owns Far Right in partnership with Robert LaPenta. Rosenblum and LaPenta were also partners in Truman’s Commander, who ran in the 2011 Arkansas Derby.
Rosenblum said LaPenta bought a one-third interest in Far Right following the colt’s troubled third-place finish in the Delta Jackpot last November.
“Someone else had tried to buy two-thirds of the horse,” Rosenblum said. “I told them, ‘No.’ He’s a friend of mine, Bob. Bob’s a great guy. We’ve had a business relationship outside of horse racing.”
Rosenblum said Far Right will continue to alternate silks during his racing schedule. The colt wore LaPenta’s familiar burgundy and gold colors in the Smarty Jones. The exception, Rosenblum said, is Far Right would carry the Arkansas owner's silks in the Arkansas Derby if the colt runs in the April 11 race.
“If we go to the Kentucky Derby, we’ll flip a coin,” Rosenblum said. “We’ll have to have a ceremony.”
LaPenta, a Connecticut resident, has campaigned, among others, War Pass, the country’s champion 2-year-old male of 2007, and The Cliff’s Edge, program favorite for the 2004 Kentucky Derby.
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