Smarty Jones returning to Parx on his namesake race day

Smarty Jones returning to Parx on his namesake race day
Photo: Timothy A. Clary / 2004 AFP

Live racing resumes Saturday at Parx as the track kicks off a long Labor Day weekend of racing highlighted by the return of Smarty Jones.

The 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will make his first appearance at the track in 15 years when paraded through the stretch, in the walking ring and the winner’s circle shortly after 5 .m. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness trophies will also be on display and fans will have an opportunity to get their pictures taken with the prestigious hardware.

The Labor Day racing program will offer 12 races, including seven stakes, highlighted by the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds going a mile. It's a natural progression from there to Parx's Sept. 21 Pennsylvania Derby (G1), a $1 million race at 1 1/8 miles.

The Parx racing office collected 18 nominations for the Smarty Jones. Among them, current probables include Bethlehem Road, Cairo Cat, Grumps Little Tots, Majid and Spun to Run.

Also Monday is the Grade 3, $300,000 Turf Monster Handicap going five furlongs on the grass. The race is expected to attract multiple graded stakes winner Pure Sensation, an 8-year-old who has won the Turf Monster in three of the last four years.

First post time for the Labor Day card is 12:25 p.m. ET with entries taken Friday.

With racing returning to the Bensalem, Pa., track, Parx will also add Sundays to its live schedule, now offering live racing Saturday through Tuesday until the first week of December. With the exception of Labor Day, post time will be 12:55 p.m. ET.

2019 Smarty Jones (G3)

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