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Smarty Jones - Belmont Stakes June 2004

Smarty Jones: Kentucky Derby success the highlight of a brilliant career

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Push for Smarty Jones to relocate to Pennsylvania

US CHAMPION Smarty Jones could be relocating to Pennsylvania for the 2011 season according to reports in the Philadelphia Daily News.

The 2004 Kentucky Derby winner has stood the entirety of his six-season stud career at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky, initially for $100,000 after his late owner, Roy Chapman, sold breeding rights in the colt in a deal worth reportedly $40 million.

Smarty Jones's high valuation was the result of a brilliant career on the track, in which he took the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Arkansas Derby. The son of Elusive Quality tasted defeat just once in nine races when outstayed into second by Birdstone in the Belmont Stakes.

But although currently a top ten US third crop sire, Smarty Jones has yet to come close mirroring his track success at stud, results which were reflected in his 2010 fee of $10,000.

Three crops and 250 foals of racing age have produced five stakes winners led by Grade 2 scorer Backtalk. Another runner, Keiai Gerbera, has earned over $1million in Japan, prompting sustained interest from Japanese farms.

However, Chapman's widow, Pat, who owns half of the 60 shares in the stallion with her family, is adamant that Smarty Jones will never leave the US. Instead the family is keen that the stallion relocates to Pennsylvania - where he was bred and raised - subject to approval of the 20 other shareholders in the stallion.

Such a move would see him become only the second Kentucky Derby winner to stand in the state following the 1998 hero Real Quiet.






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