Edited news releaseInternational sculptress Jean Clagett has designated one of two artist's proofs of a casting of Smarty Jones to be auctioned for the benefit of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, a private source of equine medical research funding. Clagett has produced an edition of only 10 castings and the two artist's proofs. The sculpture stands 17 inches high, is 14 inches long and is eight inches wide. It will be available by bidding on eBay, via the "Art" section, now through June 14. (Minimum bid, $3,500.) "When I do a commission, I work for the owner," said Clagett. The artist's proof will be the only likeness from the edition offered for sale to the public. "We are very pleased with the sculpture," said Pat Chapman, co-owner with her husband, Roy, of Smarty Jones during his racing career. The colt swept unbeaten through the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) to become a public hero last spring and now stands at stud at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky."Jean took a lot of time getting it just right. We are pleased to be a part of this project," Chapman added. Clagett has been devoted to art since she was 13 years old and saw the "Winged Victory" of Samothrace while on a visit to the Louvre in Paris with her father. This interest in art has been merged with her love of horses, as she is also a skilled horsewoman and show jumper. In addition to the recently completed Smarty Jones piece, Clagett's current projects include a life-size statue of Three-Day Event world champion Bruce Davidson aboard Eagle Lion, which is destined for the Kentucky Horse Park.
Clagett, whose Atelier West studio is based in Corvallis, Ore., continues to do commission work for various Thoroughbred owners, and her other projects include producing trophies for Colonial Downs.