December 7, 2012
Res Judicata, son of Smarty Jones, will attempt to become the first of Smarty's offspring to win the $75,000 Pennsylvania Nursery for juveniles on Saturday at Parx. Bred and owned by Patricia Chapman, Res Judicata wears the same Someday Farm colors made famous by Smarty Jones. He made his debut July 12 at Penn National and came from off the pace to win at five furlongs as the 4-5 betting favorite. After finishing fourth in his second race, Res Judicata pulled away impressively three weeks later to win the $75,000 Chris Elser Memorial.
January 30, 2007 |
When Pete Giangiulio heard the news about Barbaro yesterday, he thought of the autistic foal on his Unionville farm who walks in tiny circles all day and will feed only at 11 p.m. "She'll never race. She'll never breed. But we keep her world small," said Giangiulio, who owns Castle Rock Farm. "She's happy. She has a quality of life. "I'm sure Barbaro lived in a happy little world this last year," he said. "But when the Jacksons [owners Roy and Gretchen] saw that it was no longer possible for him to be happy in it, they made the decision they had to make.
August 15, 2004 |
Smarty Jones' public retirement from horse racing, in a ceremony yesterday afternoon at Philadelphia Park, was as brief and as bittersweet as his blazing career. Smarty's riderless walk down the homestretch to the winner's circle at trackside, with royal blue bandages covering the ankle injuries that ended his career after seven months and $7.6 million in prize money, left a few women crying, sold a lot of souvenirs and gave many fans who'd never heard of the horse until spring a last chance to cheer an animal that many hailed as a working-class hero.
August 8, 2004 |
There was jubilation at Three Chimneys Farm earlier this summer when the breeding farm won the Smarty Jones sweepstakes. Now, there is anticipation of his arrival, and the phones are ringing off the hook. But in the days right after Smarty was retired, Three Chimneys owner Robert Clay heard and read that this was another example of what was wrong with the financially ailing sport - taking a star away before he even entered his athletic prime. "It's been a tough week," Clay said Friday in his office at Three Chimneys.
August 4, 2004 |
Smarty Jones fans will be able to see the retired Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Aug. 14 at Philadelphia Park. Plans are still being worked out for what Philadelphia Park is calling a "Smarty Retirement Party. " Smarty Jones will be paraded down the stretch at his home track in Bensalem during the middle of that day's racing program. "I think it will be a tremendous crowd," said Keith Jones, Philadelphia Park public relations director. "It might almost be a [Pennsylvania]
August 3, 2004 |
After a stirring Kentucky Derby victory in the mud, a record-breaking romp at the Preakness, and a near-miss at the Belmont Stakes that produced heartache across America, the ride is over. Smarty Jones is retired. They had never seen a horse like this before at Philadelphia Park - and thousands showed up just to watch him gallop. But the next time that Smarty Jones gallops with a saddle on his back, he will be romping around a Kentucky breeding farm. For the rest of his life, he'll do his running in fields of bluegrass.
July 27, 2004 |
There will be no Smarty celebration on Labor Day, no lovefest at Philadelphia Park for the homegrown Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner. According to co-owner Patricia Chapman, Smarty Jones has a bruised left hoof and won't be entered in the Pennsylvania Derby. The injury is not career-threatening. "There is a bruise, just on the left hoof," Chapman said. "He had been a little tender before the [Kentucky] Derby, but I don't know if it's related. " She saw the bruise last week when she visited Philadelphia Park and met with trainer John Servis.
July 1, 2004 |
Party Jones? Smarty Joe? Smarty Jones hasn't started his breeding career, but the 3-year-old colt already is spawning a generation of thoroughbreds named after him, most of them having no more relation to Smarty Jones than the Dow Jones index has. Since May, the Jockey Club - official registrar of thoroughbred names in North America - has approved eight that are some variation of Smarty Jones. There are Party Jones and Sleepy Jones. Smarty Dee and Smarty Me. Smarty Who and Like Smarty.
June 5, 2004 |
Smarty Jones galloped by the first turn at Belmont Park, tearing right by his chuckling owners as trainer John Servis, holding a rein alongside his pony, strived to keep Smarty from really taking off. Five minutes later, at 7:05 a.m. yesterday, Smarty came jogging around, restrained, his head down. "This is when you wish you had the farm back," Patricia Chapman said to her husband, whose emphysema had forced them to sell Someday Farm in 1999. "Oh," Roy Chapman said, his voice much quieter than usual, as he sat just inside the rail.
June 4, 2004 |
Leaving Philadelphia Park, you check your phone messages. The first one says: "This is probably the strangest request you've ever gotten . . . " It had better be really good to qualify even for the strangest of the day. Smarty Madness is in full stride. Pulling up to the racetrack at 5 a.m. May 21, the morning Smarty Jones is going to work out, you see a white stretch limo in the little parking lot by the paddock. Its occupants are handing out CDs with yet another Smarty Jones song.