Smarty Jones Stakes Day

Saturday August 29, 2015: Parx Racing

The Smarty Jones Stakes, usually held on Labor Day, was moved this year to the last Saturday in August.
Social Inclusion, ridden by Roberto Alvarado Jr., wins the 5th race, a one and 1/16th mile allowance optional claiming event for three-year-olds and upward, by 11 and 3/4 lengths.
In 2014, while trained by Manny Azpurua, Social Inclusion ran in four graded stakes races, finishing third in the Preakness, the Wood Memorial and the Woody Stevens. He is now based at Parx and trained by Juan Carlos Guerrero.
Ravelo's Boy, a son of Lawyer Ron who ran in the 2012 Belmont Stakes, walks in the paddock before race 6, a $20,000 claiming event. Like Social Inclusion, he was trained for much of his career by Manny Azpurua, but is now in the care of Norman Pointer.
Jose Flores climbs aboard Harbor Kid for the one mile, 70 yard contest.
Young fans watch as race 6 unfolds.
The winner, by six lengths, is Pleiadian, trained by Patricia Farro, ridden by Pierre Hernandez Ortega.

Roberto Alvarado Jr. has the mount on Joy Boy for race 7, a one mile, 70 yard allowance.
Trainer Patricia Farro and jockey Pierre Hernandez Ortega team up again in race 7 with Bowman's Beast.
Freestyler, Elvis Trujillo up, wins by half a length over North Slope and Paco Lopez. Bowman's Beast finished third.

Horses arrive at the paddock for race 8, an allowance optional claiming contest on the turf.
Angel Serpa, left, and Joshua Navarro come down the stairs from the jocks' room to join their mounts for race 9.

Joshua Navarro, riding Beach Hut, wins the six-furlong allowance.
Elvis Trujillo is covered with mud after his 4th-place finish on Silver Ride.
Waiting for the day's main event: the grade 3 Smarty Jones Stakes, one mile and seventy yards, for three-year-olds.
Among the six entries is Divining Rod, ridden by Alex Cintron, and bred and owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson (far right). The colt was third in this year's Preakness Stakes.

The contenders break from the gate: from left, Thirtysilverpieces, Divining Rod, Bluegrass Singer, Battle Midway, Island Town, Souper Colossal.
Island Town (#2) stays within half a length of pace setter Souper Colossal until passing him just before the quarter pole, then drawing away to win by six and 3/4 lengths.

Brian Hernandez Jr. enters the winner's circle on Island Town, who is trained by Ian Wilkes.
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