Smarty Jones, 2004 champion three-year-old male and winner of that year’s Kentucky Derby (Gr.1) and Preakness Stakes (Gr.1), is being relocated to Haras Cuatro Piedras in Progreso, Uruguay, for the 2011 breeding season.
Smarty Jones won eight of nine lifetime starts, including not only the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, but the Arkansas Derby, Rebel Stakes, Southwest Stakes and Count Fleet Stakes, and amassed lifetime earnings of $7,613,144. His only loss came in a second place effort to Birdstone in the Belmont Stakes by a length.
The nine-year-old Pennsylvania-bred Elusive Quality horse, had been at Robert Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky, since his retirement from the track following his runner-up finish to Birdstone in the 2004 Belmont Stakes (Gr.1). He moved from Kentucky back to Pennsylvania in August to stand at Ghost Ridge. At the time, owner Pat Chapman said the popular horse would not leave the country.
Montevideo-based trainer Ricardo Colombo brokered the deal on behalf of Uruguayan stud farm Haras Nahuel while Juan Milat, general manager of Haras Cuatro Piedras, confirmed the forthcoming arrival of Smarty Jones to their farm. Both haras will share the services of Smarty Jones.
As a stallion Smarty Jones has sired 106 winners, including four graded stakes winners, from 160 starters in three crops of racing age. From his three-year-old crop Grade 3 winner Rogue Romance was third on Saturday’s $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (Gr.2) at Fair Grounds.