SMARTY JONES (OLN's, "FEARLESS" Biography Series) w/BONUS FOOTAGE
Owners Roy and Pat Chapman of New Hope's Someday Farm, had begun breeding race horses in the late 1980's, but after their trainer's tragic death they decided to sell all but two of their horses, one of which was SMARTY JONES. Under the stewardship of Philadelphia trainer John Servis, Smarty made his November 2003 debut at Philadelphia Park, winning his first race by seven and three quarters lengths. Two weeks later, in his second start, he won by an incredible 15 lengths.
The team of SMARTY and jockey Stewart Elliott continued their winning ways, and were undefeated going into the 130th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs last May, where he earned a decisive victory. Two weeks later they seized the second of the Triple Crown events, the 129th Preakness Stakes in Pimlico at Baltimore. SMARTY's average margin of victory was an outstanding six lengths; his phenomenal acceleration and cruising speeds made him far and away the favorite among racing insiders and fans alike to become only the twelvth horse in history to capture racing's elusive Triple Crown at the 136th running of the Belmont Stakes in June 2004. SMARTY's Triple Crown bid ended in heartbreak when he and jockey Stewart Elliott finished less than one length behind the winner, BIRDSTONE. Despite the setback, SMARTY has remained an inspiration to fans across the country who were captivated by his remarkable story and competitive spirit.
Late in 2004 owners Roy and Pat Chapman announced plans for SMARTY to enter retirement at Three Chimneys Farm, a breeding farm near Midway, Kentucky - legions of fans have already made their way in droves to meet and greet their hero! He was named one of Time magazine's, "People Who Mattered", in 2004, and his legacy as one of the most exceptional horses in racing history remains. Watch the remarkable story of a horse with the catchy name of SMARTY JONES take the entire nation's heart by surprise and put horse racing back in the spotlight!
AS AN ADDED BONUS... An HRTV segment catching up on what SMARTY JONES has been up to since his retirement from racing is added at the end of the main feature.
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|Category:||U.S. & Canadian Flat Racing|