Isn’t He Clever Shines Again At Sunland!

ISNT-HE-CLEVER Borderland-Derby12th-Running 022512 FINIsn’t He Clever Shines Again At Sunland! SMARTY JONES’s 3-year-old son ISN’T HE CLEVER got his second stakes win with a shining performance in the $150,000 Borderland Derby at Sunland Park on Saturday, Feb. 25. Driving to the wire to win by nearly two lengths, he completed the mile and a sixteenth distance in 1:43, barely a second off the track record.

ISN’T HE CLEVER closed out his 2011 juvenile campaign in with an 11 3/4-length rout in Sunland Park’s $100,000 Riley Allison Futurity on Dec. 30. The Kentucky-bred has now won four of six career starts, for earnings of $215,960, for owners J. Kirk and Judy Robison and trainer Henry Dominguez.

The leading U.S. sire by international earnings standing outside of Kentucky in 2011, SMARTY JONES had a sensational season last year as his runners garnered more than $5.5 million worldwide. His 2011 graded stakes horses included Japanese star KEIAI GERBERA, an earner of $793,044 for the year, speedster SUNRISE SMARTY, Gr. 3 winner and Gr. 1-placed GILDED GEM, and 3-year-olds CONCEALED IDENTITY, ROGUE ROMANCE and Irish group runner Smartcity.

SMARTY JONES’s current crop of 3-year-olds also includes filly Flash Mash, who finished third in the Pan Zareta S. in January at Fair Grounds in her sophomore debut.