Pulls Off Win at 62-1
By Dick Downey
Super Steed made quite the turnaround in form to win the Southwest Stakes today at Oaklawn Park.
Sent off at 62-1, Super Steed, ridden by Terry Thompson, was ninth of 11 runners in the early going. They surged to the lead in upper stretch, held a three-length advantage with a furlong left in the race, and prevailed by three parts of a length over the good-finishing Sueno ridden by Corey Lanerie. The winning time was 1:44.05.
Two races back, Super Steed finished a well-beaten fourth of eight runners as the even-money favorite in the six-furlong Sugar Bowl Stakes. Shortly before the Smarty Jones Stakes, trainer Larry Jones said Super Steed was “puny” before the Sugar Bowl, but added, “He’s doing good." The son of Super Saver went on to finish seventh of eight in the Smarty Jones, beaten 7 1/4 lengths. Presumably, Super Steed felt a lot better today.
Sueno rallied to finish second in the Southwest, and Long Range Toddy was always in contention before he finished third. Six Shooter, who was last after a half-mile, finished fourth, beaten 3 1/4 lengths.
Super Steed returned his $2 backers $126.60 to win, $39.80 to place and $19.80 to show.
Cutting Humor, the 2-1 favorite shipped in from south Florida by Todd Pletcher, finished seventh, beaten almost nine lengths.
Smarty Jones winner Gray Attempt and Jersey Agenda alternated setting the early pace. Jersey Agenda finished eighth, and Gray Attempt finished last of 11 after what trainer Jinks Fires termed unsportsmanlike behavior by an unnamed competitor.
Kentucky Derby points from the Southwest Stakes: 10 to Super Steed, 4 to Sueno, 2 to Long Range Toddy, 1 to Six Shooter.