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May 2, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
First-time jockeys hardly ever win the Kentucky Derby. Before Saturday, only one Pennsylvania-bred had ever won the Derby. Undefeated horses have a way of stumbling in the Derby. Favorites in the Derby do even worse. But nobody passed on any of these drawbacks to Smarty Jones, who put the lie to the historical obstacles as he mowed down Lion Heart in the stretch and completed a 2 3/4-length win in the 130th Derby before 140,054 at rain-battered Churchill Downs.
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August 3, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Smarty Jones, a wildly popular horse who stayed unbeaten until he lost his Triple Crown bid by a length to Birdstone in the Belmont Stakes, has been retired to stud because of chronic bruising in the joints of all his ankles, his owners announced Monday. Throughout the Triple Crown, Roy and Pat Chapman, who bred and owned the colt, said they hoped to race him beyond this year.
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June 16, 2004 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
The saga of Smarty Jones apparently will have three more chapters on the racetrack. Mike Chapman, the son of Roy and Patricia Chapman, who own the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, said the 3-year-old colt would race three more times in 2004, then probably would be retired to begin his stud career in Kentucky. Chapman cited the high cost of insurance as the main reason Smarty Jones probably won't race as a 4-year-old.
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June 16, 2004 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
The saga of Smarty Jones apparently will have three more chapters on the racetrack. Mike Chapman, the son of Roy and Patricia Chapman, who own the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, said the 3-year-old colt would race three more times in 2004, then probably would be retired to begin his stud career in Kentucky. Chapman cited the high cost of insurance as the main reason Smarty Jones probably won't race as a 4-year-old.
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June 5, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Triple Crown or triple letdown? The odds, if not necessarily the Belmont Stakes gods, point toward Smarty Jones winning today and scoring a rare sweep in the series. Then the racing pundits could turn to their next task: Finding the proper niche for the modestly built red colt among the 11 previous Triple Crown winners.
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August 3, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Smarty Jones, a wildly popular horse who stayed unbeaten until he lost his Triple Crown bid by a length to Birdstone in the Belmont Stakes, has been retired to stud because of chronic bruising in the joints of all his ankles, his owners announced Monday. Throughout the Triple Crown, Roy and Pat Chapman, who bred and owned the colt, said they hoped to race him beyond this year.
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December 24, 2004 | BILL CHRISTINE
The Eclipse Awards ballots are due by Monday, finalists will be announced Jan. 5 and the winners will be declared Jan. 24. Let the second-guessing begin. Trainer Bobby Frankel says that anybody who votes against Ghostzapper for the wrong reason is a Grinch, or worse. "I saw where [one voter] wrote that he was voting for Smarty Jones for horse of the year because of all the good he did for the game," Frankel said, hyperventilating to the task. "Good for the game? Is that what this is?
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May 30, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
On Kentucky Derby day, when trainer John Servis had a prior commitment at Churchill Downs, a small black-and-gray-striped cat wandered into his barn at Philadelphia Park. The help there named the tabby Derby. "John doesn't like cats," said Maureen Donnelly, Servis' assistant. "But he let us keep this one."
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June 5, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Triple Crown or triple letdown? The odds, if not necessarily the Belmont Stakes gods, point toward Smarty Jones winning today and scoring a rare sweep in the series. Then the racing pundits could turn to their next task: Finding the proper niche for the modestly built red colt among the 11 previous Triple Crown winners.
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May 2, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
First-time jockeys hardly ever win the Kentucky Derby. Before Saturday, only one Pennsylvania-bred had ever won the Derby. Undefeated horses have a way of stumbling in the Derby. Favorites in the Derby do even worse. But nobody passed on any of these drawbacks to Smarty Jones, who put the lie to the historical obstacles as he mowed down Lion Heart in the stretch and completed a 2 3/4-length win in the 130th Derby before 140,054 at rain-battered Churchill Downs.
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