Real Life Breyer Horses: Smarty Jones

October 14, 2009

In 2004 a chestnut colt found his way into many of our hearts. Resembling his famous family and touching the lives of those who were lucky enough to see him race.

Born in February of 2001, Smarty Jones was bred with an exceptional pedigree with relatives such as Funny Cide, Afleet Alex, Northern Dancer and Secretariat. He was born to Someday Farm in Pennsylvania. Smarty was named after the co-owner’s mother, who’s nickname was Smarty Jones, because the two of them shared a birthday!

In 2003 Smarty began his racing career in a big way! He began training with John Servis and by the end of 2003 they were sure Smarty was something special winning several small races in big ways. In early 2004 he went to race in the Count Fleet stakes at Aqueduct Park in New York State. He won his first stakes race by 5 lengths proclaiming him a real contender for the derby! In the winter and early spring of 2004 Smarty went on to compete and win in three other stakes races before finally going to the Derby.

On May 1st 2004 the once unknown horse from Pennsylvania went on to win the prestigious Kentucky Derby. He was the first unbeaten horse to win the Kentucky Derby since Seattle Slew in 1977. In addition to the purse for the Kentucky Derby, Smarty also was awarded an additional 5 million dollars for sweeping The Rebel Stakes, The Arkansas Stakes and The Kentucky Derby.

Smarty then went on to the other legs of the Triple Crown and while he brought home the win in the Preakness he was sadly shut out of the Belmont, the only race he ever lost. After the Belmont Smarty was put into retirement and now lives a quiet life in Lexington, Kentucky at Three Chimney’s Farm.

The Breyer Smarty was released on a brand new mold in honor of his release. He is featured in a full gallop with a base resembling the home stretch of your favorite race track. His dynamic position and energy has made him stick out in a crowd. In 2009 Smarty was joined by his grandfather Secretariat who is featured on the same mold. They make a beautiful pair! There are many beautiful racehorses produced by Breyer every year, check out Golden Oak Stables to see if your favorite star has been immortalized.

Smarty is a modern day champion that will be remembered for years to come! His spirit and determination has created one of the greatest champions of our generation, and will surely sit in our hearts for a long time to come.


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