Triple Crown

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  • Triple Crown Bid Busters: Spoil-Sports

    It's not easy playing the role of villain in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). They're the guys wearing the black hats, the party poopers, the evil-doers of the Triple Crown. In the last 35 years, there have been three Triple Crown winners, and 11 horses that fell short in the 1 1/2-mile "Test of a Champion."

  • Dual classic winner Smarty Jones.

    Smarty At Stud: Decision in the Next Month

    The decision on where Smarty Jones will stand at stud should be made within the month, according to George Isaacs, who is acting as the liaison between Roy and Patricia Chapman and stud farm operators in Kentucky bidding for Smarty Jones' services.

  • Smarty Ticket to be Given Away at Hollywood

    Hollywood Park will issue the first 10,000 patrons a free $2 win ticket on Smarty Jones on Saturday as he bids to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

  • Eddington Again Shows Speed in Final Belmont Work

    Mark Hennig was surprised when Eddington worked a blistering half-mile last week, so for his final Belmont Stakes (gr. I) prep, he equipped the colt with blinkers, put Jerry Bailey up, and worked him in company to see how aggressive he'd be off that last work. He found out when Eddington blazed five furlongs in :59 flat.

  • Belmont Surprise: Caiman to Start

    Veteran jockey Ramon Dominguez, leading rider in the nation last year with 453 trips to the winner's circle, has been named as the jockey aboard surprise starter Caiman for Saturday's 135th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Two pull out of Belmont.

    Tapit, Cliff Out of Belmont; Purge, Master David May Join Field

    Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Tapit will not run in the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr.I), it was reported on trainer Michael Dickinson's Tapeta Farm web site Saturday. With Tapit's defection, as well as the defection of The Cliff's Edge, the connections of Purge and Master David are considering entering, although both are still doubtful starters.

  • Smarty Jones to Race On After the Triple Crown

    As Someday Farm's Smarty Jones prepares to make a run at history to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner in next Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the race for his future career as a stallion is rolling like a :21 and change opening quarter. One thing for certain is that in any syndication deal for Smarty Jones will include a stipulation that he will race on after the Triple Crown and may compete as a 4-year-old.

  • Eddington Returns to Track After Blazing Work

    Willmott Stables' Eddington returned to the track for the first time since working a half-mile in :46 2/5 Monday. The son of 1990 Belmont Stakes favorite Unbridled will try to fare better than his sire did 14 years ago when he finished fourth behind Go And Go.

  • Smarty Jones gets his forelock combed by groom Mario Arriagas.

    Smarty Ready For Friday's Big Work

    Smarty Jones, who stands on the threshold of Triple Crown immortality, will have his one and only all-important work for the mile and a half Belmont Stakes (gr. I) Friday morning at 5:30. Trainer John Servis said he's not looking for anything quick, and is anticipating the colt will go between 1:28 and 1:29.

  • Tapit, with trainer Michael Dickinson.

    Tapit Has Unknown Factor On His Side

    The past performances certainly indicate that Smarty Jones should win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and become racing 12th Triple Crown winner. But then there is the X-factor, Tapit, who looks to be the unknown quantity that could turn the past performances upside down.

  • Oaklawn Planning Smarty Party for Belmont Stakes Day

    Oaklawn Park is planning a full-blown 'Smarty Party' for June 5 when the track's adopted son, Smarty Jones, goes for the Visa Triple Crown and second $5-million bonus in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Debbie Given, managed Someday Farm.

    Smart Start

    Debbie Given, who managed Someday Farm when Smarty Jones was born, recalls the Triple Crown contender as "ornery" as a foal, a characteristic he shared with his dam, I'll Get Along.

  • Tapit, breezed Wednesday at Tapeta Farm.

    Tapit Beezes 6 Furlongs on Turf For Belmont

    Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Tapit breezed six furlongs on the turf at Tapeta Farm Wednesday, four days after breezing a slow five furlongs in 1:07 2/5 on the dirt. Working in company with two other horses, Tapit was timed in 1:15 2/5.

  • Trainer John Servis, said foot bruise did not affect Smarty Jones in the Kentucky Derby.

    Servis: Foot Bruise Didn't Hinder 'Smarty'

    Trainer John Servis revealed at a press conference at Philadelphia Park Wednesday that Someday Farm's undefeated Smarty Jones suffered a foot bruise before the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but it quickly cleared up and the colt was able to maintain a normal training schedule.

  • Smarty Jones To Take Up Residence in Secretariat's Old Barn

    Little Red, meet Big Red. When Smarty Jones ships to Belmont Park next week, he will be stabled in Barn 5, which was the home of Triple Crown winner Secretariat. The barn is right next door to Barclay Tagg's barn, making Smarty Jones and last year's hero, Funny Cide, temporary neighbors.

  • Smarty Jones Leads 'Gallop Poll'

    Smarty Jones' attempt to sweep the Visa Triple Crown Challenge and the 2004 presidential election have led a central Kentucky horseman to put a lighter touch on both events.

  • Zito: 'Cliff' Needs a Miracle to Make Belmont

    Trainer Nick Zito says he has until Saturday to get a work into The Cliff's Edge, who suffered a foot bruise before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), or he will be forced to miss the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). The son of Gulch's problems started when he lost both his front shoes during the running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Rock Hard Ten continues to prepare for the Belmont.

    Rock Hard Ten Works For Belmont...On Third Try

    It took Rock Hard Ten three tries, but he finally worked Tuesday morning for the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with jockey Pat Valenzuela, who may or may not ride the colt in the Belmont, aboard. Even the distance and time of the work are uncertain, depending on how you look at it.

  • Smarty Jones Gallops at Philadelphia Park

    Undefeated Visa Triple Crown Challenge hopeful Smarty Jones galloped at Philadelphia Park the morning of May 25 and was pronounced by trainer John Servis as ready for his May 28 work.

  • Seattle Slew, draws off in the Belmont Stakes.

    A Chapter in Triple Crown History: King Kong

    As Smarty Jones attempts to duplicate Seattle Slew's feat as an undefeated Triple Crown winner, the following excerpt from "Seattle Slew," published by Eclipse Press, recounts the weeks and events leading up to Slew's Belmont Stakes victory.

  • Trophy awarded to winner of the Visa Triple Crown.

    Crying Wolf?

    Will racing fans be disappointed again in their wait for a Triple Crown winner? The near-misses outnumber the times that racing's most elusive prize has been claimed.

  • Smarty Jones, with exercise rider Pete Van Trump aboard, on the track at Philadelphia Park Monday.

    With the Flyers Gone, It's All Smarty; Eddington Sharp in Work

    John Servis is a longtime Philadelphia Flyers fan, and he "wasn't happy" to see his hockey team eliminated in the Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday night. Although he now has Philly's number one sports franchise in Smarty Jones, and the almost-fanatical support of the city and all of Pennsylvania, Servis said he's still not feeling any added pressure.

  • Sign at Chapman Ford says it all.

    Smarty Replaces Mustang as 'The Big Hoss' at Chapman Ford

    "Chapman Ford, home of Smarty Jones, how may I direct your call?" That is the greeting people receive when they call the Chapman Ford dealership on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia, indicating life is not exactly the same around the showroom since Smarty Fever hit the City of Brotherly Love.

  • Frankel: Switch to Turf Likely for Master David

    Trainer Bobby Frankel said that Peter Pan third-place finisher Master David came out of the race in good shape, but is extremely unlikely to run in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Frankel said a switch to the turf is likely for the son of Grand Slam.

  • Purge, with John Velazquez aboard, captures the Peter Pan Stakes, Saturday at Belmont Park.

    Pletcher's Purge Powers to Peter Pan Win

    Jockey John Velazquez got the high-spirited colt Purge to relax while racing on the outside of the pacesetters and the colt responded to the easy handling with a quarter-mile to go to register a sparkling victory in the $200,000 Peter Pan (gr. II) at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Rock Hard Ten Goes to Gate School

    His connections hope that Rock Hard Ten, who threw a fit prior to being loaded into the starting gate for last week's Preakness (gr. I), could improve on his second-place finish in the race with some improved etiquette in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • People line the rail at Philadelphia Park to shoot a picture of  Smarty Jones during a public gallop at Philadelphia Park on Saturday morning.

    Fans Swarm to Philly Park in Droves to See Smarty Gallop

    You had to see it to believe it. Smarty Jones' open-house gallop at Philadelphia Park Saturday morning drew between 8,500 and 10,000 fans, some of whom showed up as early as 5 a.m. Once the doors opened just before 8, it was a mad dash to secure choice spots along the rail.

  • Tapit among those hoping to end Smarty Jones' bid for the Crown.

    Tapit Breezes For Belmont Stakes

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapit, winner of the Wood Memorial (gr. I), breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:07 2/5 at trainer Michael Dickinson's Tapeta Farm Saturday morning, in preparation for the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Smarty Jones, on the track Friday at Philadelphia Park, where he likely will remain until just before the Belmont Stakes.

    Smarty Likely Will Arrive Fashionably Late For Date With Destiny

    The more trainer John Servis has thought about it the more he's leaning toward shipping Smarty Jones to Belmont Park as close to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) as possible. It had been reported that the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner would van up next Wednesday, but those plans have changed.

  • TVG Plans Extensive Coverage of Smarty Jones

    Interactive horse racing network TVG plans extensive coverage of Smarty Jones' effort to become Thoroughbred racing's 12th Triple Crown winner, including live coverage of his first post-Preakness Stake s(gr. I) public gallop, Saturday at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) from Philadelphia Park in Bensalem, Pa.

  • Smarty Jones.

    NTRA Inks Deal to Sell 'Smarty' Merchandise

    Merchandise featuring the image of dual classic winner Smarty Jones, including t-shirts and caps, will be available at racetracks across the country on Belmont Stakes (gr. I) day under a deal reached between the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the undefeated colt's owners, Roy and Patricia Chapman.