Smarty Jones Returns To Pennsylvania For 2019

Smarty Jones, a champion and dual classic winner, will stand the 2019 breeding season at Equistar Farm in Annville, Penn., for an advertised fee of $3,500, BloodHorse reports.

The 17-year-old Elusive Quality horse stood six seasons in Pennsylvania at Ghost Ridge Farms and Northview PA, in between Kentucky stints at Three Chimneys Farm and most recently Calumet Farm, where he resided from 2016 to 2018. He is currently at Haras La Concordia in Uruguay for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season, his fourth overall in the country.

Pat Champan, the stallion’s majority owner, said there was a demand from Pennsylvania breeders to bring Smarty Jones back to the state, while Kentucky breeders had not shown as much interest since his return.

“I have done well with the few mares I’ve bred to him and had an awful lot of fun,” Chapman told BloodHorse. “They’ve paid the bills and kept me in this business. He really is much more of a regional sire, so I think this move will help.”

Smarty Jones, a Pennsylvania-bred, grabbed headlines in 2004 when he won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes for Chapman and her late husband Roy. His Triple Crown win was spoiled in the Belmont Stakes, where he ran second to Birdstone in his lone career defeat, but finished the season earning champion 3-year-old male honors.

Read more at BloodHorse.

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