Smarty Jones - The Inside Story - Part 1
An inside look at Smarty Jones' 2004 epic run for the elusive Triple Crown... "He captivated a nation. Rival horseowners rooted for him. Trainers conceded defeat rather than try him. Rival jockeys compared him to Secretariat. And the press could not say enough good things about him. Steve Haskin wrote: "There was nothing about him that wasn't great." From Andy Beyer: "Smarty Jones is worthy of the Triple Crown." Chick Lang, who has seen 60 Preaknesses, called Smarty Jones' Preakness: "One of the best performances I've ever seen." "He is the one we have been waiting for," wrote Mike Watchmaker. And extraordinary Smarty Jones was. From his starting gate accident as a two-year-old that nearly cost his life to the heart-wrenching final sixteenth in the Belmont, he showed the grit, the heart, and the class of a champion. Bred in Pennsylvania by Roy and Patricia Chapman and named for Mrs. Chapman's mother, Smarty Jones made his first start in the fall of his two-year-old season, and scored by 7 and 3/4 lengths. Wheeled back 13 days later in the Pennsylvania Nursery, Smarty Jones posted a dominating 15-length victory in 1:21.88. That stakes win earned him a Beyer Speed Figure of 105, best in the nation for a two-year-old. Smarty Jones began his three-year-old season in New York, with an imposing five length victory in the Count Fleet S. He followed that up with three impressive wins at Oaklawn, in the $100000 Southwest S., $200000 Rebel S., and $1000000 Arkansas Derby-G2. In the ...
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