Sunrise Smarty in Sunday's Groovy Stakes at Big A
In this game, things don’t always go according to plan. After our three-year-old son of Smarty Jones, Sunrise Smarty, broke his maiden in impressive style on October 20th at Belmont, we circled a "non winners of two" allowance on November 20th at Aqueduct. Entries on Wednesday. The race didn’t go. Brought back for Sunday. Thursday came, and the race didn’t go again. What to do?
Trainer Mike Hushion called an audible and entered Sunrise Smarty in the $60,000 Groovy Stakes going 7 furlongs on the dirt on Sunday at Aqueduct. Not what we originally planned, but our colt is sitting on a huge race. With the end of 2010 rapidly approaching, we wanted to take advantage of the fact that this is a straight three-year-old contest.
"We gave this horse some time to grow up after his debut last year. He had some growing pains, and our patience has paid off," said WPT president Terry Finley. "He’s a very fast colt, and we think his natural talent will make him very competitive in here. He’s a very handsome colt with a cool white eye."
Mike Hushion says, "This horse has been training lights out. I’ve been telling the West Point team that he is sitting on a big effort. He’s a very fast horse. This is definitely going to be a test, but I think he is talented enough to be very competitive against this field."
Sunrise Smarty drew post 7 of 7 in The Groovy Stakes, which is race 3 on the Aqueduct card on Sunday. Channing Hill has the call.
Watch his sire, Smarty Jones win the Kentucky Derby: