Super Steed made a super move on the far turn that propelled him to the lead to win the 54th running of the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
At odds of 62/1, Super Steed made a sweeping, mid-pack move under Terry Thompson and the pair found themselves with a three-length lead in the stretch and stayed on well for the win. It was Terry Thompson’s third Southwest Stakes victory.
Gray Attempt took the early lead from the rail and Jersey Agenda went with him and the two separated themselves from the field. But the two collided on the first turn and Gray Attempt got knocked sideways and when he recovered, he took Jersey Agenda out wide. Both horses recovered and went on with it until the far turn. As Gray Attempt and Jersey agenda were fading from their previous antics, Super Steed made a five-wide move on the turn and it was all over.
Sueno, with Corey Lanerie aboard, continued to chase the winner home and was dead game to run second. Long Range Toddy ran third and Six Shooter completed the superfecta.
Trainer Larry Jones was extremely happy with the performance. “We liked the way he trained coming in here. The horse has been going really well, and I’m fortunate to get to gallop him in the morning. I thought, ‘Man, he’s never done better,’ So here we are.”
Super Steed covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.05 and has a 2-1-0 record from five starts and earned his first Kentucky Derby points, (10) towards the May party at Churchill Downs.
Super Steed will most likely be seen next in Oaklawn’s grade 2 Rebel Stakes on March 16.
Super Steed $126.60 $39.80 $19.80
Sueno $7.80 $5.00
Long Range Toddy $5.40
$1 Exacta 6-7 $594.50
.50 cent Tri 6-7-10 $2,261.50
.10 cent Super 6-7-10-8 $2,674.97