Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith earned himself the Ride of the Week title for his mount aboard Far Right in the Southwest Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn Park on Sunday.
Far Right settled well off the pace set by Mr. Z and began making his move rounding the far turn. The late run around traffic forced Far Right to go four wide into the stretch where Smith ducked inside along the rail and prevailed by three-quarters of a length.
Smith elaborated on the ride by saying, “The jockeying really began at the 3/8ths pole. I thought Calvin (Borel on The Truth or Else) had made the winning move at first and I wish I had been able to make that move. I was watching Wayne’s horse (Mr. Z) and I just didn’t want to be on the outside of him. I was patient and was just hoping an opening would open up and it did. I dropped down to the inside, which didn’t seem like the place to be today, but he made it look good.
“I think there is still plenty of room to improve. He didn’t handle the mud as well as I thought he would, so with all that and the added distance, I think he’s just going to get better. Hopefully he keeps taking us forward and taking us to Kentucky. He’s a working man’s horse and no one gives him the credit he deserves. He’s a hard worker. Hopefully today we opened some eyes.”