Smarty Jones and the almost Triple * The Racing Biz

The race unfolded almost exactly as the Derby had. Lion Heart, who had finished second in Kentucky, rolled up to take the early lead with Smarty Jones stalking him throughout the race. In an attempt to make things difficult for the Derby winner, Mike Smith on Lion Heart had his horse travel wide in the hopes of causing Smarty Jones to lose ground. However, their efforts proved futile, as Smarty Jones overcame the obstacle with striking ease.

A gap opened up on the rail as the final turn loomed ahead. Seizing the opportunity, jockey Stewart Elliott urged Smarty Jones through the gap — and suddenly to a widening lead. The rest of the field didn’t stand a chance as Smarty Jones triumphantly flew toward the wire to announcer Tom Durkin’s astonished cry, “He’s…