Joe Bravo rode Protonico to a half-length victory in the Smarty Jones Stakes.
Bensalem, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Lightly raced Protonico, ridden by Joe Bravo, made a late rally to win Monday's $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx Racing.
The Smarty Jones is the local prep race for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday, Sept. 20. This year Kentucky Derby and Preakness champ California Chrome is expected to headline the PA Derby.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Protonico went off as the 7-2 third pick in the nine-horse field of 3-year-olds with Haskell runner-up Albano the 7-5 favorite and Just Call Kenny the 3-1 second choice.