Meet the Contenders: 2024 Smarty Jones

December 30th, 2023

Meet the horses running in the 2024 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park. For each horse, we're listing a pro, a con, and a rating of potential. The star rating of 1 to 5 represents opportunity to perform well. Be sure to follow these contenders by adding them to your Stable Alerts.

Informed Patriot breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)

Informed Patriot (Photo by Coady Photography)

#1 Informed Patriot           ***

Pro: Barn off to a solid start this meet, and this colt looks as fast as any here.

Con: Has lost ground late in each of his starts at a mile and beyond.



Catching Freedom at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)

#2 Catching Freedom         ****

Pro: Rough trip fourth when heavily favored last time and can do better.

Con: Pace doesn’t necessarily project to be as fast as he might need it to be.

Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography

#3 Lagynos                                    ****

Pro: Won debut on grass but dirt proved no hindrance in allowance win over this distance.

Con: Like several others, has had no exposure racing or working over this strip.

Mystik Dan wins at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)

#4 Mystik Dan                   ***

Pro: Impressively won second out and perhaps wheeled back too quickly last time.

Con: Might ultimately prove more effective around one turn.

Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography

#5 Mo Winning                  **

Pro: Impressively drew off to win debut by four lengths, albeit against lesser at Remington.

Con: Tough spot in which to make stakes and two-turn debut.

Gettysburg Address (Photo by Coady Photography)

#6 Gettysburg Address       ****

Pro: Blinkers come off after speed-and-fade performance in Street Sense (G3).

Con: Remains with upside, though price figures to be relatively low. 

Just Steel (inside) edging Be You in a Saratoga maiden special weight (Photo by Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher)

Just Steel (inside) edging Be You in a Saratoga maiden special weight (Photo by Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher)

#7 Just Steel                      ***

Pro: Most experienced member of the field upset stakes rivals at Churchill last time.

Con: Although a son of Justify, one-turn races has been his game so far. 

Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography

#8 Chaperone                    *

Pro: Son of Curlin earned belated maiden win last time; might be coming around now.

Con: Hit to the road to Oklahoma to get diploma, and not in overly convincing fashion.

Fidget (Photo by Coady Photography)

#9 Fidget                           ***

Pro: Versatile colt is a perfect 2-for-2 around two turns since adding blinkers.

Con: Faces tougher rivals here than he did at Horseshoe Indianapolis.