Breeders hope imported stallions will improve stock. Read the full feature in the March 7, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse Magazine. view slideshow
- By Frank Angst
Delve into the history of failed Triple Crown bids, explore the challenge of winning the final leg, and relive stories of spoilers who have halted each quest for history. Read Feature
Cary Street, saving ground every step of the way under Miguel Mena, outlasted Ever Rider to spring a 28-1 surprise in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup (gr. III) at 1 1/2 miles on the main track at Parx Racing Sept. 1.
Ten 3-year-olds, some of which may have their sights on the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) in three weeks, will battle in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 1 at Parx Racing.
Twenty-six 2-year-olds by Smarty Jones have been sold at public auction in Uruguay, where the dual classic winner has shuttled for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season the past three years.
This year's telecast of the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on NBC garnered the second-highest overnight rating and share, according to the NBC SportsPR Twitter account.
"Most likely (California Chrome) will be in front of us early on," said Rajiv Maragh, rider of Wicked Strong. "...We'll have to go by in the stretch. I've had a couple of dreams the last few nights that I pass him.
Barclay Tagg, trainer of 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide, discusses the distractions and pitfalls of Belmont week as California Chrome nears his run to become racing's 12th winner of the Triple Crown.
Victor Espinoza has been a model of consistency aboard California Chrome, but Belmont Park presents unique challenges during the running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), said NYRA analyst and retired rider Richard Migliore.
A historical look at the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the second jewel of the Triple Crown. view infographic
Stewart Elliott won the 2004 Kentucky Derby aboard Smarty Jones. Watch and learn about what Stewart's life has been like since that win. watch video
"He was just getting better... He matured and had filled out nicely. He was more rounded and he was more settled."--trainer John Servis on Smarty Jones at the time of his Rebel Stakes win.
Windy Hill Farm's Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) runner-up Smarty's Echo was in action Oct. 19 at Keeneland, tuning up for a start in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Prominent American businessman John C. Malone and his wife Leslie have purchased renowned Thoroughbred nursery Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla. The property was turned over to new ownership Aug. 1.
Smarty Jones, who has been shuttling from Northview Stallion Station in Pennsylvania to Haras Cuatro Piedras in Uruguay since 2011, arrived at the South American farm July 31 to begin his third year.
Nikkis Smartypants showed her resiliency when re-breaking in the stretch to draw away for an upset victory in the $150,000 Royal North Stakes (Can-III) on the turf July 28 at Woodbine.
Grade III winner Rogue Romance, who has not raced since the 2012 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), registered his first work in more than a year on July 9 when he went three furlongs at Mercury Equine Center near Lexington.
Centralinteligence could be bound for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) after he swept past pacesetter Comma to the Top en route to his first stakes win June 29 in the Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
The New York Racing Association has placed a blue-and-white striped pole inside the main track that marks 31 lengths from the finish line, the margin of Secretariat's victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
by Anne Peters
Winning the Derby immediately marks a colt as a potential stallion prospect. Breeding success does not always follow, however, and the commercial market has been hard on Derby winners in recent years.
The Pennsylvania horse racing and breeding industry, currently concerned about a steady decline in the revenue it gets from slot machines, got some surprise public relations May 3 courtesy of the grade I Kentucky Oaks.
The Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association is holding its inaugural Stallion Season Auction Feb. 25-27 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A "Parade of Stallions" that will include classic winner Smarty Jones will highlight the Jan. 27 open house at Northview PA Stallion Station in Peach Bottom, Pa.
Northview, which stands 14 stallions at two locations -- eight in Maryland at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, and six in Pennsylvania at Northview in Peach Bottom -- has announced its stud fees for 2013.
Smarty arrived at Cuatro Piedras in early August after staying 20 days in quarantine near Carrasco Airport. read blog
A hearing conducted by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's license review committee brought out details of an incident in which horse ran under the name of a "paper trainer."
Smarty Jones was "The People's Horse" as he went for the Triple Crown in 2004, but Marylou Whitney's Birdstone spoiled the party for a record crowd at Belmont Park.
Super Easy will attempt to keep his winning streak alive when he takes on a dozen challengers in the Singapore Guineas at Kranji Racecourse May 18.
Better Life, a daughter of Smarty Jones, is taking on the colts in the Singapore Guineas May 18. She showed trainer Hideyuki Takaoka early that 1 1/4 miles would suit her fine.
Isn't He Clever, the Sunland Derby (gr. III) runner-up trained by Steve Asmussen, is no longer under consideration for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Isn't He Clever happily returned to New Mexico for trainer Henry Dominguez, where he produced a sharp 1 3/4-length tally in the $150,000 Borderland Derby at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Feb. 25.
The Northview Stallion Station division in Pennsylvania will conduct a stallion showing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 29 at the facility in Peach Bottom, Pa.
Three stallions who previously stood at Ghost Ridge Farms, including Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones, will stand the 2012 Northern Hemisphere breeding season at Northview PA.
Smarty Jones arrived at Haras Cuatro Piedras in Uruguay at 11 a.m. Aug. 3 and was bred to his first mare five hours later, according to co-owner Claudia Rosas.
Smarty Jones, the 2004 champion 3-year-old male and that year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner, has arrived for stallion duty in Uruguay.
Steve Haskin on Smarty's only defeat and the height of Smartymania. Read Blog
Steve Haskin recalls Smarty's Derby victory in Part 5. read blog
Steve Haskin discusses Smarty Jones' farewell appearance in installment #4. Read Blog
Hail the Conquering Hero: Haskin's Smarty Jones tribute continues with installment #3. Read Blog
Haskin's Smarty Jones Tribute: The second installment recaps Smarty's Preakness victory. Read Blog
Smarty Jones: Steve Haskin begins his week-long tribute with reprinted stories each day Read Blog
The Triple Crown drought lives on; which horses should have made history? read blog
If the last 10 winners of the Preakness Stakes were in the same race, how would they finish? Rank The Horses
This year there is only one January foal in the Derby: Watch Me Go. Two of the contenders, Twice the Appeal and Mucho Macho Man won't actually be 3 until after the Run for the Roses.
Gilded Gem closed from last on the far outside to win the $100,000 Las Flores Stakes (gr. III) April 2 at Santa Anita Park, registering her first stakes victory for trainer Bob Baffert.
Rogue Romance will miss the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a fracture in his left forefoot, trainer Ken McPeek reported March 18.
Champion and dual classic winner Smarty Jones will shuttle to Uruguay for the 2011 Southern Hemisphere season.
Catesby Clay's homebred Rogue Romance installed the 3-1 favorite for the Feb. 19 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds; shares top billing with Mucho Macho Man.
Ghost Ridge Farms compiles a top group of stallions in Pennsylvania. Download Now
Ghost Ridge Farms in York, Pa will be holding its Annual Stallion Show from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22.
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