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.