July 26, 2004
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Smarty Jones has a bruised left front hoof and will not run in the Pennsylvania Derby, missing a chance to race in front of a hometown crowd at Philadelphia Park.
Roy Chapman, who owns the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner with his wife, Pat, said Monday that Smarty Jones' injury is not serious, and the son of Elusive Quality should resume training shortly for either the Pegasus at the Meadowlands or the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 25.
``It's just a slight bruise, and we don't want to take any chances,'' Chapman said. ``He just stepped on a stone or something. He looks fine.
He looks great, but John's just not happy with the little bruise,'' said Chapman, referring to trainer John Servis.
Servis earlier this month began preparing the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner to run on Sept. 6. It would have been the 3-year-old colt's first start since his Triple Crown bid fell short in the Belmont Stakes on June 5.
The date for the Pegasus has yet to be set. Chapman said the new plan for Smarty Jones calls for one race before the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park in Texas.
Looks like Smarty Jones next race might be in New Jersey after all at Meadowlands. I would like to see that and have him win Breeder's Cup Classic in Oct.
I hope he comes back strong for these next couple races. Unfortunately for us racing fans, that will likely be all we see of him. None of the good ones race beyond their 3yo season with breeding the more lucrative game. I look forward to seeing him at the Big M.
You hit it Jumba-it is all about the breeding prospects in racing industry- at least the owners Chapmans are a decent group of people-they sold 50% of breeding rights and have left open the possibility of racing him as a 4 year old.
Must be tought. They have all this money for breeding coming their way that disappears if he gets hurt or worse, which does happen. So even with this little ding no Travers, Haskel or Penn Derby. We may not see him until the Breeder's Cup. If he wins the Classic, I bet he goes right to stud.
Monmouth would love to have him in the Haskell; a beautiful track. Beats the hell out of Aqueduct and Belmont.
I was pretty disappointed to hear that he won't be coming to the Haskell this year. Monmouth Park(the track near me) is having trouble getting big name horses for this year and at this point I have no idea who is coming.
Lion's Heart will be the favorite in The Haskell-a week from today-he will be the most"name" horse running in the field-looks like 7 or 8 entries to run-sadly no Smarty Jones- Monmouth may get him for Pegusus- relocated from Meadowlands though.
That was the latest from Asbury Park Press this week
If Smarty Jones is to run in Pegusus the N.J. Sports and Exposition Authority will relocate the race for onr day of live racing at Monmouth to accomodate him.