On a sloppy track at Oaklawn Park, it was déjà vu for the connections of Far Right as they watched their colt repeat the same performance that won him the Smarty Jones Stakes.
In a Southwest Stakes delayed six days by a winter storm, Far Right again ducked to the inside and came up the rail to prevail. The win him another 10 points towards Kentucky Derby eligibility and moved him up to sixth place on the leaderboard. He has 22 points in all.
Ridden for the second straight race by Mike Smith, Far Right settled toward the back of the field as slight favorite Mr. Z led the field through opening fractions of :23.61 and :47.90. The winner angled out four wide midway around the final turn, dropped to the inside nearing the furlong marker and dug in gamely. He prevailed 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 the 1 1/16 mile race was 1:47.50.
The graded stakes-placed Bold Conquest, making his 3-year-old debut was a closing fourth, running in deep stretch by Hillbilly Royalty, who pressed Mr. Z to the furlong marker. They were followed by Majestico, Private Prospect, Bayerd, Phenomenal Phoenix, Kantune and Bold Animaux.
Harry Rosenblum, who co-owns the Notional colt with Robert LaPenta, said he and trainer Ron Moquett would talk but said it's unlikely they'll contest the Rebel Stakes. That would make the Arkansas Derby the next target. The Rebel Stakes is only 20 days away.
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.
Edited Oaklawn release