Isn’t He Clever, the lone stakes winner in the field of six
3-year-olds set to contest the Grade 3 $100,000 Jersey Shores Stakes at six
furlongs on the main track, figures to find the competition a little more to
his liking on Saturday.
In his last
three starts, the gelded son of Smarty Jones finished second to Daddy Nose Best
in the Grade 3 Sunland Derby, eighth behind probable Haskell Invitational
starter and Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes runner-up Bodemeister in the
Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, and seventh behind Trinniberg in the Grade 2 Woody
“This is a
good spot for him,” said Mitch Dennison, the assistant to trainer Steve
Asmussen. “He just came over from our division at Belmont (Park) and he’s
settled in comfortably in the barn.”
who sent a dozen horses here in the last week and will ship another 13 from
Churchill Downs in the coming days, took over the training of Isn’t He Clever
prior to his run in the Woody Stephens so this will be just his second start
out of the barn. While under the tutelage of Henry Dominguez, the Triple Crown
nominee captured the $150,000 Borderland Derby Stakes at Sunland Park
in February and won the $100,000 Riley Allison Futurity there last year.
wins and two seconds from nine starts for $396,892 in earnings, he is the most
seasoned and the richest runner in the field.
Cape Cod Canal has only made two starts and brought home
checks for $32,000, but the Patricia Generazio homebred impressed in both races
at six furlongs over the Monmouth strip. His first try was very game effort in
a maiden special weight on June 2 when he set the pace through the first three
points of call, was passed and then fought back to lose by a head. Three weeks
later, the Florida-bred son of Wildcat Heir out of Your Place Anytime drew off
to score by an easy eight-and a-half-lengths.
improving horse,” said Jane Cibelli, who is currently atop the trainer
standings as she defends her title. “Mr. Generazio owns the mare and it’s a
graded stakes, so we supplemented to the field. There’s no one other than
(allowance race) coming up for him, so we’re going from a maiden win to a stakes.
Obviously, the one we need to worry about is Steve Asmussen’s horse.”
Downs invader Scaramagna, Rass Stone, Well Spelled and Wildcat Creek complete