SMOKIN’ JOHN BACK TO HIS WINNING WAYS / Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Smokin’ John went wire to wire and absolu

Smokin’ John went wire to wire and absolutely crushed the field on October 8th at Keeneland under a hand ride.  He broke from the rail and quickly went to the front over a deep surface. Smokin’ John got through a quarter-mile in 24.1.  He repelled a challenge on the backstretch and easily edged away to a length and a half lead after a half-mile in 49.1.  Smokin’ John only continued to widen his lead through six furlongs in 1:15.3 and then absolutely poured it on in the stretch to win by over thirteen lengths. Dallas Stewart said, “You can’t get it any easier than that.  This horse just does not like Saratoga, and on paper he looked the best in here, and he proved it.  If you’re the best horse, usually the best place to be is on the front end, and we got there real easily today.  Rafael just had to sit there and go along for the ride.” Jockey Rafael Bejarano said, “He was a different horse today.  When I rode him up at Saratoga he would start climbing when horses would come up outside him, and today he never lost focus.  He had that horse run at him on the first turn, and he just kept going.”


Smokin’ John West Point Thoroughbred’s hard working six year old colt got back to his winning ways.  This was his first win of 2005 and his sixth career win in twenty starts.  He earned $10,540 for his effort bringing his career total up to $178,406.  It was nice to see this blue collar worker return to the winners circle.

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