Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The 2014 edition of the Smarty Jones S., a qualifying race for the Kentucky Derby, was full of Denali Sales Grads. Running 2nd to winner Tanzanite Cat was WALT, a Run Away and Hide colt out of Miracle Mile that sold for only $22K at Keeneland January in 2012. Walt maintained a short lead over the winner until mid-stretch, but he held on well to finish second, boosting his earnings to $79,377. Rounding out the trifecta was Denali Raised Sales Grad COASTLINE, a highly thought of Speightstown colt from the barn of Mark Casse, owned by John Oxley. Coastline was a $190K yearling at Keeneland September in 2012. He broke from post 10 and ran wide throughout, finishing 3rd and boosting his earnings to $105,779. Denali Sales Grad DENALI RAHY RULER ran within striking range three wide and was roused turning for home but tired in the stretch to finish an unlucky 8th. We look forward to following these talented colts and hope to see them on the Derby trail this spring!