Trainer John Servis gives Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones some grazing time at Philadelphia Park after their return from Churchill Downs.
Smarty Jones relaxes at Philadelphia Park between the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
Smarty Jones (right), settled into the Pimlico stall reserved for winners of the Kentucky Derby, noses Butterscotch, John Servisí track pony.
Stewart Elliott rides Smarty Jones to victory in the 2004 Preakness Stakes on May 15th. The colt won the race by a record eleven and a half lengths, remaining unbeaten after eight starts.
Smarty Jones joins trainer John Servis back at the barn after winning the Preakness.
Smarty Jones leaves Pimlico on May 16th.
Smarty Jones, with exercise rider Pete Van Trump, gallops at Philadelphia Park on May 22nd.
Smarty Jones (left) ridden by Pete Van Trump, gets ready for a gallop on the Belmont track on June 3rd. John Servis (right) is on Butterscotch.
On June 4th, the day before the Belmont Stakes, Smarty Jones heads to the track for his morning exercise. His loss the next day would be his first, and the race would be his last.
Smarty Jones (left), with Stewart Elliott, leaves the gate at the start of the 136th Belmont Stakes. (At right is Eddington, Jerry Bailey up.) A crowd of more than 120,000 watched as the Pennsylvania-bred colt attempted to become the 12th Triple Crown winner, and the first since Affirmed in 1978.
Birdstone (left), a 36-1 long shot, runs down Smarty Jones in the final furlong of the Belmont Stakes, winning by a length. Birdstoneís jockey, Edgar Prado, his trainer, Nick Zito, and his owner, Marylou Whitney, all apologized for their part in depriving Smarty of the Triple Crown.
Pete Van Trump and Mario Arriaga walk Smarty Jones past admiring crowds at the coltís retirement party, August 14th at Philadelphia Park. Bone bruises ended Smartyís racing career and he was retired to stud at Three Chimneys in Midway, Kentucky.
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