A Triple-Crown contending horse co-owned by a woman from Monett was back on the track in a big way Saturday. Wicked Strong, co-owned by Jane Rogers, outran the six horse field entered in the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga in New York. Wicked Strong went off at 2-1 odds, just behind Tonalist at 8-5. Tonalist won the Belmont Stakes, ending California Chrome’s hopes for a Triple Crown this year. Wicked Strong won Saturday's race by two lengths after running in or near the lead for the entire contest. He also outran Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve in Saturday's race. Wicked Strong paid $6.40 on a $2 wager.
Wicked Strong finished fourth at the Kentucky Derby with a late surge, skipped the Preakness and ran fourth at the Belmont Stakes, less than two lengths behind Tonalist.
The Jim Dandy Stakes was a mile and an eighth race with a purse of $600,000. It was the first race for Wicked Strong since the Belmont Stakes in June. He set the pace Saturday with a winning time of 1:49:00. Rogers is an investor in Centennial Farms, a Massachusetts stable that owns the three-year-old horse.
Rogers said if Wicked Strong ran well in this race and at the Travers Stakes at Saratoga on August 23, Centennial Farms may enter him in the Breeder’s Cup at Santa Anita in California in November.