Sunday, May 16, 2004

Smarty Jones Dominates!

If you missed Smarty Jone in the Derby and missed his great rush to the finish in the Preakness (he won by an amazing 11 1/2 lengths after coming off the final turn, neck and neck) , then in 3 weeks (June 5th) you get one more chance to see him in the Belmont Stakes and this time see him run for the Triple Crown. I sure wouldn't bet against him. Coming into the Derby, he had won 6 in a row. He won the Derby and a 5 million dollar bonus for being undefeated and winning and if he wins the Triple Crown at Belmont, he'll pick up another 5 million dollar bonus and be the richest horse of all time. Nobody has won the Triple Crown since Affirmed, way back in 1978. Smarty Jones would be the first undefeated to win the Triple Crown since Seattle Slew in 1977.

He's lucky to be even racing. "As a 2-year-old, during a schooling session at the starting gate at Philadelphia Park in July in preparation for his first career start, Smarty Jones reared up and slammed his head on an unpadded iron bar, fracturing his skull and shattering his orbital (eye socket) bones. Trainer John Servis said at the time, "Oh my God, this horse just killed himself." The accident nearly caused him to lose his left eye." For more about Smarty Jones, check out this page.