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  • Birdstone Will Return 'Home' to Gainesway

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone, who was retired earlier the week of Nov. 1 after suffering a chip fracture in his left front ankle, will stand at Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Ky., Whitney's husband, John Hendrickson, said Nov. 5.

  • Smarty Jones' Dam, Toccet Highlight Fasig-Tipton Sale

    The dam of dual Classic winner and Horse of the Year candidate Smarty Jones, I'll Get Along, and grade I-winning stallion prospect Toccet highlight the catalogue for the Nov. 7 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's Newtown Paddocks. The one-day sale also includes a continuation of the reduction of broodmares and weanling from the estate of the late John Franks and the complete dispersal of Dan Borislow.

  • Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone has been retired.

    Birdstone Retired After Suffering Fracture

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone, winner of the Belmont (gr. I) and Travers Stakes (gr. I) this year, has been retired after a radiograph taken Nov. 2 revealed a P-1 medial chip in the colt's left front ankle.

  • Rockport Harbor sails to victory in the Nashua Stakes.

    Rockport Harbor Sails to Victory in Nashua Stakes

    After his victory earlier aboard Summer Raven in the Tempted Stakes (gr. III), jockey Stewart Elliott completed a sweep of the Election Day features at Aqueduct when led Rockport Harbor to a win in the Nashua Stakes (gr. III).

  • Elusive Quality will join breeding's $100,000 Club in 2005.

    Elusive Quality's Fee Raised to $100,000

    Elusive Quality, who began his stallion career standing for $10,000 and has sired 16 stakes winners to date including Smarty Jones, will stand in 2005 for $100,000.

  • Haskin Earns Red Smith Writing Award

    Three repeat winners, including <i>The Blood-Horse</i> senior correspondent Steve Haskin, and one newcomer collected divisional honors in Churchill Downs' 22nd annual 2004 Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Contest, a competition that honors the finest print media coverage of this year's famed "Run for the Roses."

  • Trainer John Servis, has another phenom in his barn.

    Servis Has Another Young Phenom in His Barn

    It appears as if Smarty Jones has passed the baton to another young phenom residing in trainer John Servis' barn. His name is Rockport Harbor, and this grand-looking colt can flat-out run, as evidenced by his effortless 7 1/2-length victory in an allowance race at Philadelphia Park Oct. 12, his second brilliant score in as many starts.

  • Parade Magazine Features Smarty Jones

    Smarty Jones, the gutsy colt whose quest for a Triple Crown was sidetracked by Birdstone in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), is the subject of a short item in the Oct. 10 issue of <i>Parade</i> magazine, which is supplement inside many Sunday newspapers.

  • Marketing Guru: Racing Not Keeping Up With the Joneses

    Horse racing might be better served by shifting its focus from advertising to public relations to better develop a product consumers will want, a marketing strategy specialist said during the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Annual Meeting and Marketing Summit in Las Vegas.

  • Dual classic winner commands smart fee in first year at stud.

    Smarty Jones' Fee Set at $100,000

    Three Chimneys Farm owner Robert N. Clay announced Thursday the initial stud fee for dual classic winner Smarty Jones will be $100,000.

  • Not So Smart

    <i>By Gary McMillen</i> -- Sometimes it takes a thorn to get rid of a splinter. Like a Maryland blue crab dropped out of a basket, I scurried to the safety of my office. There were questions I needed to ask myself. Smarty Jones did not give me what I wanted but maybe he gave me what I needed.

  • Smarty Jones, to return in Pennsylvania Derby.

    Smarty Jones Update: 'He's Doing Super'

    Despite published reports that Smarty Jones had suffered a low-grade fever and a slightly elevated white-blood count, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner is doing fine and is scheduled to work at the end of next week as he prepares for the Sept. 6 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).

  • Haskin on Smarty Jones: One Final Look

    <i>Blood-Horse</i> senior correspondent Steve Haskin was at Philadelphia Park on Saturday, Aug. 14 for Smarty Jones' farewell appearance. He reports on the ceremony and reflects on the colt's meteoric rise to stardom and untimely retirement.

  • Steve Haskin

    Smart Send-Off?

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- Cries of "Smarty! Smarty!" and "We love you, Smarty," poured out from the large crowd gathered along the rail from one end of the stretch to the other. It was one final burst of emotion from an adoring public who opened their hearts to this dynamo of a horse.

  • Lion Heart, still in the championship picture.

    Just Who is The Best 3-Year-Old of 2004?

    Patrick Biancone, who will saddle Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Lion Heart in the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 28, and Todd Pletcher, trainer of Jim Dandy (gr. II) winner Purge, have different opinions about the 3-year-old championship picture.

  • TRF Gala Raises $425,000

    The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's sixth annual fund-raising party held Monday night at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club exceeded all expectations as 450 guests attended for a chance to bid on unique experiences and stallion seasons while helping out a good cause. The event raised $425,000.

  • TRF Gala Raises Record $425,000

    The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's sixth annual fund-raisin party held Monday night at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club exceeded al expectations as 450 guests attended for a chance to bid on unique experiences, stallion seasons, not to mention helping a good cause while having a great time.

  • Smarty Jones, has been retired to Three Chimneys Farm.

    Go Smarty Go -- To Stud at Three Chimneys Farm

    Smarty Jones, the Elusive Quality colt whose quest for the Triple Crown came up short in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been retired due to bone bruises in all four cannon bones caused by his rigorous campaign at ages two and three.

  • Smarty Jones' Dam In Fasig-Tipton November Sale

    I'll Get Along, the dam of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones will be offered at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select November mixed sale on Nov. 7 in Lexington.

  • Trainer John Servis, said Smarty Jones is on track for Breeders&#39; Cup Classic.

    Servis Says Smarty Jones Still on Track for Breeders' Cup

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones, who was declared Monday from the Sept. 6 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) with a bruise in his left front foot, is still on track for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), trainer John Servis said Tuesday.

  • 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.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Serving with Distinction

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- A story in the July 3 issue of <i>The Blood-Horse</i> on the resignation of William S. Farish as the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James took an unfair and undeserving shot at the master of Lane's End Farm, a longtime friend of the Bush family whose three-year tenure as ambassador came at one of the most trying times for America since World War II.

  • Distance Limitations

    <i>By Earl Ola</i> -- Thirty years ago, there were 220 racetracks in America; today there are just over 100. Belmont's stands where filled for races like the two-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup, the 2 1/4-mile Gallant Fox, etc. Today the same races are run at 1 1/4 miles and Belmont's stands are mostly empty for those races.

  • Be Like Smarty

    Move over Michael Jordan, it seem everyone now wants to be like Smarty Jones. Several Thoroughbred owners and breeders in recent weeks have used 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, both grade I, winner Smarty Jones as inspiration for naming their own fillies and colts, perhaps hoping his name had something to do with his ability and worldwide popularity.

  • Smarty Jones, left, and his pony, Butterscotch, take a turn around the track Friday morning.

    Smarty Returns to the Track; Final Days With Butterscotch

    It's been 20 days since the Belmont Stakes (gr. I); 20 quiet days for Smarty Jones, who has only been walking the shed since his valiant, but unsuccessful quest to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner. On Friday, Smarty paid his first visit back to the track, stretching his legs in a one-mile jog.

  • Ray Paulick &lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Business or Sport?

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Currently playing across America's racing landscape are two stories that reflect the difficult decision owners of championship-level racehorses face concerning when to have their stars "call it a career."

  • Smarty Jones, may be Haskell bound.

    Smarty Jones May Return in Haskell; Pa. Derby On Tap

    After talking to owner Roy Chapman Monday morning, trainer John Servis has mapped out a tentative plan for Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones that includes the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), Pegasus Handicap (gr. III), and finally the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • Summer Wind

    <i>By Lenny Shulman</i> -- As the Thoroughbred tribe dispersed from its heady gathering at Belmont Park June 5, still flush with more media coverage than it could have dreamed, the question in everyone's head became, "How do we keep this tidal wave of interest going?"

  • Pat and Roy Chapman, reviewing Kentucky breeding opportunities for Smarty Jones.

    Shopping Smarty: Chapmans in Kentucky

    Even though Smarty Jones fell just a length shy of winning the Visa Triple Crown last Saturday, the hunt for the breeding rights for the son of Elusive Quality continues. Smarty's breeder/owners, Roy and Patricia Chapman are currently visiting with Kentucky breeding operations today (Thursday) and Friday.

  • Smarty Jones Crew Returns to Churchill Saturday

    Six weeks after the thrilling victory by Smarty Jones in the 130th running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), owners Pat and Roy Chapman and trainer John Servis make a triumphant return to Churchill Downs on Saturday to be honored for their Derby win and their exciting run at the Visa Triple Crown.

  • Team Smarty to Party at Churchill Downs for TRF

    Smarty Jones' breeder/owners Roy and Patricia Chapman and trainer John Servis will not only celebrate their Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victory at Churchill Downs on Saturday, they'll also be supporting a good cause as they attend the third annual "Out to Pasture" Party.

  • NBC Belmont Telecast Highest-Rated Show of Week

    NBC Sports' coverage of last Saturday's 136th Belmont Stakes was the week's No. 1 rated show on network television while generating the event's highest national rating since 1981.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Racing At Its Very Best

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Haven't we been here before? A horse, one that by the first Saturday in June is carrying too heavy an impost--an entire industry--for any Thoroughbred, is caught and passed in the cruel stretch of New York's Belmont Park.

  • Bill Murray

    A Tough Translation

    <i>By William Nack</i> -- Of the many images that kept resurfacing in the mind's eye in the wake of Saturday's Belmont Stakes, none was more vividly or repeatedly recalled than the two scenes played out in and around Penny Chenery's set of box seats near the finish line.

  • Belmont Wagering, Attendance Marks Fall

    Records in attendance and handle for Belmont Park and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) were set Saturday as Birdstone upset heavily-favored Smarty Jones in the 136th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) before a crowd of 120,139. The previous attendance record was 103,222 during the Belmont Stakes two years ago.

  • Smarty Jones prepares to board a van at Belmont Park on Sunday.

    Servis: Smarty Jones Had a 'Bulls-Eye' on Him

    Trainer John Servis said he was "disappointed" for owners Roy and Patricia Chapman that Smarty Jones' bid for the Visa Triple Crown Challenge came up short when he finished a gutsy second to Birdstone in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) but that he was proud of the effort given by the colt Saturday.

  • Birdstone passes Smarty Jones in the stretch to win the 136th running of the Belmont Stakes.

    Birdstone Upsets Smarty Jones in Belmont

    A record crowd of more than 120,000 went from a roar to silence today at Belmont Park as Birdstone upset Smarty Jones in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and denied racing its 12th Triple Crown winner.

  • 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.