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Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report: Smarty Jones

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January 22nd, 2018

Mourinho was never threatened leading wire to wire in the January 15 Smarty Jones, registering his first stakes victory with the 3 ¼-length decision.

The bay colt provided Bob Baffert with his first triumph in the one-mile race and considering how the Hall of Fame trainer and four-time Kentucky Derby-scoring trainer has dominated the prep races at Oaklawn Park, winning the Arkansas Derby-Rebel-Southwest a combined 12 times, it only seems fitting to see the white-haired wizard add the Smarty Jones to his ledger.

Mourinho won’t be the only 3-year-old Baffert sends to Hot Springs, Arkansas for the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby series.

A son of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, Mourinho garnered a career-best 99 BRIS Speed rating making his first two-turn start. He was exiting a pair of runner-up finishes in sprint stakes and will bring high speed to future engagements.

The winner had everything his own way up front and Combatant finished nicely from off the pace, reducing the margin in the short stretch as he wound up a clear second. The Scat Daddy colt moved forward off a non-threatening second in the December 17 Springboard Mile at Remington Park, earning career-best 95 BRIS Speed and 98 Late Pace numbers, and appears to be progressing nicely for Steve Asmussen.

Here are the top BRIS Speed ratings so far in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series:

Horse (finish)

 

Race

 

BRIS Speed

Bolt d’Oro

 

FrontRunner (1st)

 

105

Good Magic

 

BC Juvenile (1st)

 

105

McKinzie

 

Sham (1st)

 

104

Solomini

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (3rd)

 

101

McKinzie

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (1st)

 

100

Instilled Regard

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (2nd)

 

100

Solomini

 

BC Juvenile (2nd)

 

100

All Out Blitz

 

Sham (2nd)

 

99

Bolt d’Oro

 

BC Juvenile (3rd)

 

99

Catholic Boy

 

Remsen (1st)

 

98

Firenze Fire

 

Champagne (1st)

 

96

Instilled Regard

 

Lecomte (1st)

 

96

Good Magic

 

Champagne (2nd)

 

96

Solomini

 

FrontRunner (2nd)

 

96

Firenze Fire

 

Jerome (1st)

 

94

Seven Trumpets

 

Jerome (2nd)

 

94

My Boy Jack

 

Sham (3rd)

 

94

Shivermetimbers

 

Sham (4th)

 

94

Enticed

 

Ky Jockey Club (1st)

 

93

Greyvitos

 

Springboard Mile (1st)

 

93

Avery Island

 

Remsen (2nd)

 

93

Tiz Mischief

 

Ky Jockey Club (2nd)

 

93

The Tabulator

 

Iroquois (1st)

 

92

Principe Guilherme

 

Lecomte (2nd)

 

92

Enticed

 

Champagne (3rd)

 

92

Snapper Sinclair

 

Lecomte (3rd)

 

92

Free Drop Billy

 

Breeders’ Futurity (1st)

 

91

Combatant

 

Springboard Mile (2nd)

 

91

Hollywood Star

 

Iroquois (2nd)

 

91

Vouch

 

Remsen (3rd)

 

91

Promises Fulfilled

 

Ky Jockey Club (3rd)

 

90

 

 

 

 

 

 

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