Thursday’s $140,000, Grade 0, Race 6 Stakes at Kentucky Downs, also known as a N1X, drew a field of 12 with four on the AE list. And before you start planning your wagers and tournament plays, just erase from your mind all hopes and dreams centered around getting anywhere remotely close to the 15-1 morning line on 6-Smart Together.
Hopefully, anyone reading this has at least heard of Smart Together’s momma, Forever Together. If you’re newer to this game, suffice it to say she was very good in her day. So back in 2014, she gave birth to a Smart Strike filly that they named Smart Together. Smart Together was sent to Europe and the care of John Gosden, where she won once in three starts. Then they sent her back to America, and off a year layoff she ran pretty well at Belmont in July. I watched the replay. She was wide all the way around the turn through slow fractions and finished really nicely but ended up 7th of eight. It was a solid effort off the layoff, and she came home the final 1/4 in right around :23.
Which brings us to Thursday. Some of her foes in here look pretty legit. Some don’t. Either way, there is officially a 0% chance we get 15-1 on Smart Together. I’ll be shocked if we get 10-1 actually, if for no other reason than the fact that (depending on which AEs draw in) Smart Together has the highest last-out Beyer Speed Figure in the field, if you are into such measures. You have to assume she will improve off her last. And you have to assume they think American grass racing suits her better, explaining the return to the states.
Does she win? Eh, maybe. Maybe not. Just don’t expect a big price. I can’t be the only one who sees what I see. Regardless of price, she’s a threat in the 6th from Kentucky Downs on Thursday.