Distance-loving CARY STREET took his show on the road to California, and the Kentucky-based son of SMARTY JONES kicked off the stakes action on Breeders' Cup weekend at Santa Anita with a stunning performance in the $200,000 Las Vegas Marathon S.-G2.
The 5-year-old gelding, owned by Brendan Walsh and Marc Detampel and trained by Walsh, was extremely patient in the one and three-quarter-mile Marathon under Miguel Mena, at one point nearly 20 lengths behind a solid pace. But soon the charge was on! Gobbling up ground he swung wide in the stretch and strolled home easily to win by more than nine lengths.
"This horse runs all day, so I wasn’t worried about it when they went out there so quick. . . I started looking for the leader at the five-eighths pole and he started to kick on for me," said Mena. "He finished great, he was rolling. . .”
It was CARY STREET's second marathon stakes win in his past three starts, the big bay having captured the Gr. 3 Greenwood Cup going a mile and a half in his stakes debut at Parx Racing in September. With the $120,000 winner's share of the Santa Anita purse, CARY STREET has earned $320,165 from nine starts this year, and has top three finishes in eight of those starts. Bred in Kentucky by Darley, CARY STREET has career earnings of $370,275. SMARTY JONES is the sire of 11 stakes horses in 2014, among them Gr. 1 Panama winner SMART D N A and veteran stakes performer ISN’T HE CLEVER, who has been on the board in all seven of his starts this year and won his most recent outing, the Downs At Albuquerque H. in late September, to push his lifetime earnings to $704,085.