On Saturday, two fields of three-year-olds went 1 mile in two divisions of the $250,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park, a major local prep for the Arkansas Derby and an important race for graded stakes earnings to make the Kentucky Derby field. Condtions were excellent for this Presidents' Day feature, with 29,313 fans on hand enjoying the sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60's.
Sham Stakes (G3) third place finisher Longview Drive was sent off as the lukewarm 3-1 choice in the first division, over 7-2 second choice Unbridled's Note, winner of his debut at Churchill Downs in October. Smarty Jones Stakes winner Junebugred was the 4-1 third choice on the toteboard.
Jockey Carlos Marquez Jr. sent 19-1 Majestic Stride to the lead first time by and he set fractions of 23.56, 48.08, and 1:12.60 over the fast track while pressed by 7-1 Castaway to his outside. Entering the lane, Majestic Stride tired as Castaway took over the lead through 7/8 in 1:25/53/ 23-1 Jake Mo, 7th early, put in a strong late rally but Castaway was long gone, cruising under the line 3 3/4 lengths in front in 1:38.09. It was another 1/2 length back to 9-2 fourth choice Reckless Jerry third. Favorite Longview Drive finished in a triple dead heat for sixth, beaten 6 3/4 lengths.
Results Chart from Daily Racing Form