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  • 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."

  • Kentucky Derby Wagering Sets North American Record

    Total wagering on the 130th Kentucky Derby and the Derby Day racing card at Churchill Downs smashed North American records for total betting on an individual event and a single day of races that had been established in the 2003 renewal of the famed "Run for the Roses."

  • Churchill Downs&#39; twin spires stand out against a backdrop of rain and cloudy skies.

    Hard Rain Falling at Churchill Downs

    The rain arrived at Churchill Downs as predicted. About 4:10 p.m., nearly two hours before post time to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) it began raining hard at Churchill Downs. The track turned sloppy in a matter of minutes

  • Trainer Michael Dickinson, right, with current Derby favorite Tapit.

    Bettors Settle on Smarty Jones as Favorite

    The crowd at Churchill Downs has established Smarty Jones as the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite. In the advance wagering at 2:30 p.m.--with post time at 6:04--Smarty Jones is the 4-1 choice.

  • Tapit, with trainer Michael Dickinson, preparing to work in the gate.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: A Morning at the Gate

    With the serious works out of the way, it was time to get a different perspective on things. The starting gate is a hotbed of activity, as you get to see many of the Derby horses close up and observe how they're acting, how they're looking, and how they handle the gate. It's also a great vantage point to watch the gallops.

  • Smarty Jones, with exercise rider Pete Van Trump.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Smart Bomb Ready to Drop

    After beginning his gallop aggressively, but controllable, Smarty Jones put it into high gear, and up from the saddle shot 170-pound exercise rider Pete Van Trump, whose broad shoulders make him look like Dick Butkus compared to other exercise riders. But to Smarty Jones, he was a mere rag doll.

  • Smarty Jones, with exercise rider Pete Van Trump.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Smart Bomb Ready to Drop

    After beginning his gallop aggressively, but controllable, Smarty Jones put it into high gear, and up from the saddle shot 170-pound exercise rider Pete Van Trump, whose broad shoulders make him look like Dick Butkus compared to other exercise riders. But to Smarty Jones, he was a mere rag doll.

  • Smarty Jones, with exercise rider Pete Van Trump.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Smart Bomb Ready to Drop

    After beginning his gallop aggressively, but controllable, Smarty Jones put it into high gear, and up from the saddle shot 170-pound exercise rider Pete Van Trump, whose broad shoulders make him look like Dick Butkus compared to other exercise riders. But to Smarty Jones, he was a mere rag doll.

  • Smarty Jones, with owner Patricia Chapman.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Along Came Jones

    The moment of truth is at hand, as several Kentucky Derby (gr. I) scenarios are played out over the next couple of days. At Churchill Downs, the biggest activity Friday morning was trying to dodge the rain. But the miserable weather was brightened momentarily by the presence of the unbeaten Smarty Jones.

  • Smarty Jones, on the track at Churchill Downs Friday morning.

    Servis: 'I Wish the Race Were Tomorrow'

    After Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones returned from a gallop over the sloppy Churchill Downs track Friday morning, trainer John Servis said "he is doing fantastic. I wish the race were tomorrow."

  • 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.

  • Bonuses and Purses

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- If Smarty Jones wins the Kentucky Derby it will be a great story...but it should not be allowed to distort Smarty Jones' earnings as a racehorse or his sire's place on the list of 2004 leading sires.

  • Kentucky Derby Trail: 20 Questions and Counting

    OK, so who's in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and who's out? Who will be the favorite? Who really are the fast horses and who are the slow horses? Who's going to ride whom? Oh, yes, who's going to win? The answer to all these questions: Who knows?

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

    Spring Blossoms

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- This year's Derby promises to be especially interesting because with all but a couple of the major preps in the books, there is no clear-cut favorite.

  • Smarty Jones makes it six-in-a-row and a run for the roses with decisive win in the Arkansas Derby.

    Smarty Jones Moves to Head of Class

    Undefeated Smarty Jones showed an impressive turn of foot coming out of the final turn and held the closing Borrego off through the stretch for a comfortable 1 1/2-length win in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park Saturday.

  • Call Me <i>Mister</i> Jones

    The grade II Arkansas Derby runs this Saturday at Oaklawn. SMARTY JONES will win and up his record to six for six. He will win by multiple lengths. His time for the 1 1/8 mile race will be under 1:49, and he will quiet all doubts as to his status as a serious Derby contender.

  • Smarty Jones, puts undefeated record on the line in the Arkansas Derby.

    Smarty Jones Draws Post 11 For Arkansas Derby

    Undefeated Smarty Jones, who is expected to go off a solid favorite in Saturday's $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. II), will break from the outside post position in the 11-horse field that was drawn Wednesday.

  • Tiger Hunt still outside possibility for Derby.

    Tiger Hunt to Debut in Northern Spur; Derby Still Under Consideration

    Team Valor's Tiger Hunt, who has not started since his fourth-place finish in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), will make his 3-year-old debut in Saturday's one-mile Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn Park, and if he should run a big race, he may still be pointed for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Fans Take Field in Final Derby Future Wager

    An unsettling wave of upsets in this year's prep races left fans without an individual favorite in the final pool of the 2004 Kentucky Derby Future Wager. They opted instead for the field at odds of 6-1 as wagering closed Sunday.

  • Field Remains Favored in Derby Future Pool

    The Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) did nothing to clear a muddled Kentucky Derby picture, so the mutuel field – all betting interests other than the 22 remaining individual interests – continued to be the favorite with one day remaining in Churchill Downs' finalKentucky Derby Future Wager pool.

  • Field Assumes Favorite Role in Derby Future

    As Eurosilver, another major contender for Kentucky Derby 130 fell out of the picture, fans returned to the mutuel field as a mild favorite at the midpoint of the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2004 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

  • Smarty Jones Tops Derby Future Wager

    Undefeated Smarty Jones, the likely favorite in next weekend's Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, was the surprise leader following the first day of wagering in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Thursday.

  • Three Vie for Favoritism in Kentucky Derby Future Wager

    Lion Heart, St Averil, and Wimbledon have been installed as the 10-1 co-favorites in the third and final Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool, which opens Thursday at noon Eastern and closes Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

  • Oaklawn star Smarty Jones will have plenty of competition for the Arkansas Derby spotlight.

    Record 152 Horses Nominated to Arkansas Derby

    Someday Farm's Smarty Jones, unbeaten in five career starts, heads a record list of 152 nominations for the $1-million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) April 10 at Oaklawn Park. The 1 1/8-mile stakes is the highlight of the eighth and final day of the Racing Festival of the South, and also closing day of the live meet at the Hot Springs track.

  • A Baker's Dozen for Kentucky Derby 130?

    Although we're fascinated with numbers at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thedowneyprofile.com"><i>TheDowneyProfile.com</a>,</i> we are not into numerology. However, it doesn't take much imagination to conjure up a projected field of 13 in Kentucky Derby 130.

  • Pedigree Profile: Smarty Jones a Smart Choice

    Some Kentucky Derby pundits have questioned Smarty Jones' pedigree due to the speed influences of his sire, <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=1396994&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Elusive Quality</a>, and broodmare sire, Smile. Their problem lies in the fact they haven't scratched much beyond the surface.

  • Haskin: Smarty Jones {with owner Patricia Chapman after Rebel win} is having a tough time making believers out of people, despite being undefeated in five starts.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Will the Real Derby Favorite Please Stand Up

    It seems as if each Monday brings with it a new set of excuses for beaten favorites in Kentucky Derby (gr. I) preps. Some will prove to be legitimate and some won't. But the bottom line is no one has a clue who is going to win this year's Derby, which is as muddled as any in memory at such a late date.

  • Hooked on Smarty

    I got hooked on Smarty Jones just off his name--then really got interested off his run in the Count Fleet when he stumbled out of the gate, swept three wide around the field and cleared by five.

  • Kentucky Derby Trail: Matchup of the Year Could Rock Gotham

    Although the Gotham Stakes is only grade III, and is not known for producing Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winners, Saturday's running of the one-mile event features the most intriguing matchup of the year, between two of most gifted 3-year-olds in the country, Eddington and Redskin Warrior.

  • Master David Heads Weekend Work Tab

    Although the afternoon action will be hot and heavy this weekend, there still was a good deal of morning activity around the country Friday and Saturday, as several top 3-year-olds prepared for upcoming stakes.

  • Smarty Jones and jockey Stewart Elliott (7) win the Southwest Stakes, Saturday at Oaklawn Park.

    Smarty Jones Sharp Enough in Southwest Stakes

    Someday Farm's heavily-favored Smarty Jones ran his undefeated record to four Saturday, holding off the rallying Two Down Automatic and Pro Prado for a three-quarters of a length victory in the $100,000 Southwest Stakes for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park.

  • Smarty Jones prepares for the $100,000 Southwest Stakes, Saturday at Oaklawn.

    Smarty Jones Puts Streak on Line in Southwest

    The $100,000 Southwest Stakes, the second of three local preps for the $1-million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) on April 10, lured a field of 10, including a pair of two-horse couplings, Feb. 28 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Smarty Jones among contenders testing the Derby trail this weekend.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Odd Assortment of Derby Preps This Weekend

    Is there any possibility that the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner can come out of the Miracle Wood, Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT), Southwest Stakes, John Battaglia Memorial or Borderland Derby? Not likely, but that doesn't mean there won't be any potential Derby contenders competing this weekend.

  • New York-based Smarty Jones is likely favorite for Saturday&#39;s Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

    Smarty Jones Faces Local Competition in Southwest

    Pro Prado and Wildcat Shoes, the one-two finishers in the Mountain Valley Stakes on Jan. 24, and the undefeated New York invader Smarty Jones, head the field for Saturday's $100,000 Southwest Stakes at one mile at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.