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Southwest Stakes Odds, Analysis, Free PPs

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Free Southwest Stakes past performances for President’s Day Monday, February 18, 2019 at Oaklawn Park

The field for the Southwest Stakes (G3) $500,000 will go as the 9th race to close out a big weekend for horse racing fans on President’s Day in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The full field of 10 is headed by the Smarty Jones winner Gray Attempt who will be racing towards the top cash prize in the half million dollar graded stakes event for three-year-old hopefuls on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. In addition to the money, the Southwest also awards points to the top four finishers in a 10-4-2-1 distribution on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

The Official Field for the 1 1/16 miles Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park

PP Horse Trainer Odds
1 Gray Attempt William Fires 7/2
Draws inside for his second start at Oaklawn after taking them wire-to-wire in the Smarty Jones LTO.  Speedy type will need to extend his range another 1/16th vs. many of the same he faced in last. A few newcomers might present a challenge up front but if he can get settled early he may be able to coast home.
2 Ninth Street Steve Asmussen 30/1
One of five that Asmussen will send out for the points and the purse. He’s become a different horse since adding blinkers three back to take a sloppy maiden miler at Remington from off the pace. Faces the Delta Big Drama winner Six Shooter who returned in defeat in the Smarty Jones. Longshot could get a piece of the exotics.
3 Cutting Humor Todd Pletcher 3/1
Working up a storm at Pletcher’s training base in Palm Beach. Got maiden win in third trip to the track wearing blinkers for the first time. But that was during the GPW meet where runners aren’t what they are at the GP meet. Lunged at the start LTO and Velasquez will give him another try after the mishap. Comes in as slight favorite stepping up to graded company and his last race BRIS speed figure (94) is tied with the Casse runner also travels in from the now showing GP meet. Will need to step up his game.
4 Boldor Steve Asmussen 12/1
Exits Smarty Jones as the show horse beaten a half length for the money. Expect him to try and put pressure on the rail runner as one of three of Asmussen’s five with some early foot. Would need to change to a stalking style to have a chance but don’t see that happening.
5 Jersey Agenda Steve Asmussen 5/1
Started career three back on turf at Kentucky Downs and just missed getting the win. Won his next out at Churchill in the slop sprinting as the favorite. 2019 debut here taking an OC$75K NW2L was impressive as he cruised on the lead. Faces graded company for the first time. Chance to shine but must improve in a very competitive race.
6 Super Steed Larry Jones 20/1
Son of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver broke his maiden vs. winners at Churchill in second start. And like his sire, he relished the sloppy track that day. Faced the Smarty Jones winner two back in the Sugar Bowl at Fair Grounds as the even-money favorite and finished a well-beaten 4th before beating one horse home LTO in the Jones. No rain in the forecast for Hot Springs on President’s Day.
7 Sueno Keith Desormeaux 7/2
Ships in from Santa Anita for Desormeaux after a very good runner-up effort to Gunmetal Gray in the G3 Sham. Third place finisher Much Better (Baffert trainee) returned to win next out, making this guy a solid play in the Southwest. He has the enough speed to be close and with a little left in the tank could run down the leaders in the end.
8 Six Shooter Paul Holthus 20/1
Claimed on debut from a $20K sprint at Churchill last September. Got maiden win at Indiana downs two races later. Got second victory going 1 mile at CD before stepping into non-graded stakes company in the Springboard Mile when dusted. Wins the Big Drama at Delta two back and couldn’t keep pace LTO in the Smarty Jones. Adds blinkers and could blow up the exotics at a price.
9 Bankit Steve Asmussen 10/1
Was the 3/2 favorite in the Smarty Jones and had no excuse for his sixth place finish EXCEPT that Asmussen has changed styles with this New York bred son of Central Banker who started career setting all the pace in state-bred sprint stakes races at Belmont and Saratoga. Took the 1 mile Sleepy Hollow with ease three-back and Asmussen has given the call back to Ortiz after back-to-back open company attempts saw him falling a head short in the Springboard and showing no effort in the Jones. Could be the sleeper.
10 Long Range Toddy Steve Asmussen 10/1
Winner of the Springboard Mile and runner-up in the Smarty Jones, he’ll be sent from the outside to get position on the rail horse. Expect him to fall out of contention before they hit the wire.
11 Olympic Runner Mark Casse 15/1
Mark Casse, fresh off a win in the Risen Star with his “WOW” horse, will send out this son of Gio Ponti who was better known for his turf prowess at the track. Made the lead to break maiden LTO at GP going this distance — in the slop — hence the mention of his sire. And just like War of Will, who started on the turf, this guy could prove versatile over the dirt in here but tough to like them right back against winners for the first time. LONGSHOT.

Free Southwest Stakes Past Performances

Free past performances for the Southwest Stakes provided by Brisnet

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