Philadelphia is a blue collar town that reveres its sports heroes. Who could have imagined its latest champion would be a horse? Smarty Jones, a small horse with blazing speed and even more heart came out of nowhere to win the Kentucky Derby and the ...
Preakness only to lose by a length in a hard-fought Belmont, depriving America of its first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
Smarty Jones: The Horse That Captured Americas Heart recounts the amazing story of a modestly bred Pennsylvania thoroughbred that defied all the odds to make racing history. Overcoming the tragic loss of his original trainer, the illness of his owner, a disabling skull fracture, and his modest stabling at suburban Philadelphia Park, Smarty went on to win more than $9 million in prize money and a place in the nations heart as the little horse that could. Disappointingly, a chronic bruising injury forced his owners to retire him to stud before the conclusion of his three year-old season. But not before Smarty had already become part of American lore and legend.
This is Smartys story, told in the words of all the people, who went along for that magnificent ride.
Number of pages: 250
Date of publication: 15/05/2005
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