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Another contender for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships was in action Saturday morning at Keeneland. The horse was Windy Hill Farm’s Smarty’s Echo, runner-up in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) on Oct. 5.

With E.T. Baird, who rode Smarty’s Echo in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity, aboard, the colt worked five furlongs in 1:00.80. Clockers caught the colt in splits of :12.20, :24.60, :37.20, 1:00.80 and out six furlongs in 1:14.40.

Anne P. Smith trains Smarty’s Echo, a son of Smarty Jones who is scheduled to make his next start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

The Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity marked the third start for Smarty’s Echo, who began his career at Arlington Park with a third and a win. He took the lead entering the stretch of the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity and was passed by eventual winner We Miss Artie, who won by 2¾ lengths.

“Every race he’s learning, learning, learning,” Smith said about Smarty’s Echo. “The owners have goals to try to get a horse there (to the Breeders’ Cup), and I think this horse can compete.”

Smith, who is in her second year of training, has horses at Keeneland for the first time. Her eight runners include Windy Hill’s Grade 2 winner Nate’s Mineshaft.

Smith said Smarty’s Echo, a graduate of the 2011 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, is scheduled to work again next Saturday and travel to California the following day.



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