Keyword: Philadelphia Park

  • Scott Lake Registers 3,000th Career Win

    Trainer Scott A. Lake won his 3,000th race Saturday when he saddled Unaccounted Gift for a two-length victory in the seventh race at Philadelphia Park.

  • Horsemen Happy With New Philly Park Track

    Philadelphia Park's new racing surface gets its first test under competitive conditions on Saturday, but the initial response from horsemen has been encouraging.

  • Major Horsemen's Groups on NTRA Fence

    Two major horsemen's groups in key racing states are reassessing their membership in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, officials said. Meanwhile, some non-members are at least considering rejoining the organization pending review of the new NTRA strategic plan.

  • Horsemen, Breeders Buy Time, Wait for Slots

    With handle in January down about 9% from the same period in 2004, Philadelphia Park said its year-to-date purse overpayment has reached $1.9 million because of a commitment to boost purses while it waits to install slot machines. Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association finished 2004 in the black, but not without some adjustments.

  • Stewart Elliott hopes Rockport Harbor can achieve the same success as Smarty Jones.

    Elliott Happy to Get Second Chance

    The picture above the month of November in the 2005 New York Racing Association wall calendar shows the stretch run of last year's Remsen Stakes (gr. II) in which Rockport Harbor held off Galloping Grocer to complete his 2-year old season undefeated. Notable about the photo is the wide smile on the face of Rockport Harbor's jockey, Stewart Elliott.

  • Without Slots, Maryland Horsemen Look Elsewhere

    As one last-gasp effort to legalize slot machines in Maryland this year failed because of political warfare, horsemen and breeders in the state have begun what many said was inevitable as long as slots remained forbidden: the exodus of horses, horsemen, and horse farms.

  • Philly Park Prepares to Enter the Big Time

    Purses for July at Philadelphia Park averaged just under $120,000 a day, but in a year, they will be almost twice that amount, with much more growth expected when revenue from slot machines begins pouring in.

  • Smarty Jones, will miss the Pennsylvania Derby.

    No Smarty Party at Philly Park on Labor Day

    Trainer John Servis has informed officials at Philadelphia Park that Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones will not start in the Sept. 6, $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).

  • John Servis, said Smarty Jones will breeze Monday or Tuesday.

    Smarty's Vacation is Over; Work Begins Next Week

    Smarty Jones' vacation ends soon as the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner will begin serious workouts early next week in preparation for the Sept. 6 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park.

  • Smarty Jones, being pointed toward Pennsylvania Derby.

    Smarty Jones Targets Pa. Derby; Purse Hike Possible

    With the Aug. 8 Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) eliminated from his plans, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones now sets his sights on the Sept. 6 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), the purse for which could be raised from $750,000 to $1 million.

  • Philly Faithful: 'Smarty' Remains Champion in Defeat

    Even though Smarty Jones just failed to win the Visa Triple Crown Challenge June 5 at Belmont Park, the Philly faithful were down, but not out. In fact, many of them said the colt based at Philly Park remains a champion even in defeat.

  • At Philly Park, 'Smarty' Craze Hasn't Let Up

    Moderate rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm of fans at Philadelphia Park, the home of Smarty Jones, the morning of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). People began gathering at the gates to the picnic area at the Bensalem, Pa., racetrack at 5:30 a.m. EDT -- and remember, they can only watch the third leg of the Visa Triple Crown Challenge on television.

  • Former Philly Jocks Hit Studio, Market 'Smarty' Song

    Two former jockeys who traveled to Belmont Park for the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) are fast becoming the talk of Philadelphia Park and quite popular with some members of the general public in the Delaware Valley, thanks to "The Legend of Smarty Jones."

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Jones on Smarty Jones: 'I Was Blown Away'

    Keith Jones believes he has called about 40,000 races in his career, but he clearly remembers the ninth race at Philadelphia Park on Nov. 22 of last year. Jones said it is among the most impressive performances he ever has seen on the track.

  • See Servis' Smarty Comments Live on HRTV

    HorseRacing TV (HRTV) will give Thoroughbred racing fans a front row seat on the Smarty Jones bandwagon with special live coverage of trainer John Servis' news conferences on Friday May 21, Saturday May 22, and Monday, May 24.

  • Patrons at Philadelphia Park watch as Smarty Jones wins the Preakness. The colt is one of many top horses that have called Philly Park home.

    Phlashback: A Phew Philly Phenoms

    It has been said undefeated Smarty Jones has put Philadelphia Park on the map, but the racetrack adjacent to the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bensalem Township actually has been home to some outstanding racehorses, including a few that were downright freakish.

  • Trainer John Servis, meets the press Wednesday at Philadelphia Park.

    All Systems Go As Smarty Bounces Out of Preakness in Great Shape

    Trainer John Servis, having just returned from a couple of days of relaxation up in the Poconos with his wife, Sherry, told a gathering of reporters Wednesday morning that Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones has come out the second leg of the Triple Crown as strong as ever.

  • Will Smarty Jones duplicate his Preakness win in the Belmont and take home the coveted Triple Crown trophy?

    Cinderella Story

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- Get the golden coach ready; we're heading to the ball again. After so many failed attempts, maybe this time Smarty Jones can fit into that elusive glass slipper, and Thoroughbred racing and the Visa Triple Crown finally can live happily ever after.

  • Amazing Philly's Racing Career Comes to End

    Amazing Philly, born in a stall at Philadelphia Park four years ago to the 3-year-old filly Speak Compelling but whose sire was never determined, has been retired from racing after suffering a tendon injury on April 15.

  • Spectators gather to watch Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones work out on his home track at Philadelphia Park Saturday morning.

    Smarty Wows 'Em at Philly

    From tots in strollers to old men in wheel chairs, Smarty Jones fans showed up at Philadelphia Park in full force Saturday morning to watch their hero gallop and receive accolades by local and state dignitaries.

  • Cella to Present Smarty Jones' $5 Million Bonus Monday

    Oaklawn Park owner Charles Cella wanted to do something big to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the racetrack that had been a part of his family since 1904. So big, in fact, the sport of horse racing has never seen anything like it.

  • A rooster crosses in front of Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones as he is led by trainer John Servis at Philadelphia Park on Wednesday.

    The Return of Smarty Jones: Hail the Conquering Hero

    The full moon had all but faded from the morning sky, and a salmon pink sunrise was now illuminating the tan sheet-metal barns on the Philadelphia Park backstretch. Inside Barn 11, peering out of his once-familiar stall 38, was Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones.

  • Philly Faithful

    <i>By Tom LaMarra</i> -- "The Chapmans are people with great hearts, the kind of people that really make the business go. If we didn't have people like them, we wouldn't have a Derby."

  • Pennsylvania Racing Commission chairman F. Eugene Dixon, left, presents Stewart Elliott with the Proclamation that Saturday, May 1, 2004 is Smarty Jones Day at both Philadelphia Park and Penn National.

    'Smarty Jones Day' Set for May 1 in Keystone State

    It's not everyday a horse based in the Keystone state earns national recognition. So given the accomplishments of Smarty Jones, the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has taken steps to honor the undefeated 3-year-old colt who is pointing to the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Jockey Stewart Elliott races into the spotlight aboard Derby star Smarty Jones.

    Strike Up the Band for Stewart Elliott

    Despite his local success, [Stewart] Elliott hasn't exactly been a household name outside of Philadelphia. Yet he is going to ride the most consistent horse in Kentucky Derby 130, the six-for-six Smarty Jones, who will attempt to become the first undefeated Kentucky Derby winner since Seattle Slew in 1977.

  • 'Battery' Jockey Banished from Philly Park

    A Commonwealth Court judge has affirmed an order by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission that upholds the ejection of jockey Orlando Bocachica from the grounds of Philadelphia Park after he admitted to using a battery on numerous occasions during morning training hours, but not during an actual race.