Go Smarty Go Delivers


Go Smarty Go (Smarty Jones), who debuted in blinkers, looked good in the warmup, ready to run. Smax, who was acting up in the gate before the break, sped to the lead while setting some quick fractions. Sugar Forest and Tapit's Brew were closest to the lead, while Go Smarty Go was in good position around 5th. In the stretch, Go Smarty Go got in gear and easily swept past the leader on the outside. He drew off to win by 3 lengths. Smax hung on well for 2nd, and Deuces Takem closed nicely for the show spot. The final time of 1:20.71 compares favorable with the course record of 1:19.88, as Go Smarty Go became Smarty Jones' 5th winner.

Unfortunately, there was little time to enjoy Go Smarty Go's victory, as he was pulled up after the race and vanned off. I will try to find out his condition, but it may take some time. I am off the next couple of days, although I will update the blog.

On a lighter note, Smarty Jones did get a mention on last year's Simpsons finale, which was rebroadcast tonight. Bart is listing things he knows about Krusty and one is Krusty's favorite horse in the 2004 Belmont, Smarty Jones of course.

For an update on Go Smarty Go's condition, visit the Three Chimneys website

Result: September 21, 2008 
Belmont Park Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

Go Smarty Go $13.80
Deuces Takem  


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Not to Busy Today to Win

Cobalt Kid established a clear lead early, but he was soon overtaken by Kissin' Me. But, Not too Busy Today was coming and coming and was not to be denied. Kissin' Me held well, but it was Not too Busy Today by a head. Moon Royal showed some late interest to pick up third. Peace Conference (Peace Rules) was acting up in the gate, broke slow, and never got involved.

Result: September 21, 2008 
Delaware Park Race 7
Maiden Claiming

Not too Busy Today $6.40
Kissin' Me
Moon Royal  


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Wings Flies Over the Canary

J. B.'s Charisma took the early advantage, with Maddy Walk in 2nd. P. J.'s Canary broke well and settled in third. At the top of the stretch, P. J.'s Canary took over and seemed home free. But she was no match for the closing Wings of Joy, who rolled to the lead with little resistance from P. J.'s Canary. Relay closed as well and photoed with P. J.'s Canary for 2nd, but P.J's Canary won that fight.

Result: September 21, 2008 
Louisiana Downs Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

Wings of Joy $11.20
P.J.'s Canary


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Megan is Too Tough for Birdseye

Eru established the early lead, with Birdseye (Birdstone) and Monashee's Honor the closest pursuers. Monashee's Honor bore out slightly and began to drop back. Birdseye moved into second, but ran out of steam in the stretch, running evenly after that to finish 6th. Meanwhile up front, Megan's Tough Love, Swift Punch, and High Lion swept by Eru. Megan's Tough Love and Swift Punch battled to the wire, separated at the end by a bob of the head. Megan's Tough Love got her nose down for victory.

Result: September 21, 2008 
Remington Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Megan's Tough Love $8.60
Swift Punch
High Lion  


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A Big Push

Big Push broke on top and never looked back. At the end, he was geared down and still won easily. Behind him, both Flying Warrior and Back Alley Tales closed with good interest. But, Big Push was never threatened. Desert Fox (Saarland) broke in the air, spotted the field 4 or 5 lengths, and did well just to catch up to the rest of the pack.

Result: September 21, 2008 
Arlington Park Race 8
Maiden Special Weight

Big Push $9.80
Flying Warrior
Back Alley Tales  


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A Congaree Battle at Thistledown

September 22, 2008
Thistledown Race 3
Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 2:15 PM

P Horse
1. Tuts Jewel
2. Congaraa
3. Put It Down
4. Freds My Friend
5. Icy Land Lady
6. Frosty Flake
7. Explodins Melody
8. Steel Lucky

Congaraa (Congaree - Balotra by Oh Say) makes her debut and Steel Lucky (Congaree - Luck (ARG) by Kasteel (FR)) her second start, in the battle of the Congaree's at Thistledown. Congaraa, who sold for $40,000 as a yearling, is out of grade III stakes winner Balotra. Balotra earned $321,191 in her career and has produced 6 winners. Congaraa's siblings include stakes-placed It's a Problem who was a winner at 2. Congaraa has been working at Thistledown since June. Steel Lucky finished 6th in her first start, at Mountaineer on September 1. Luck, dam of Steel Lucky, was a group I stakes winner in Argentina and earned $489,070. Steel Lucky is a half-sister to 3 winners. Congaree is the sire of 28 runners who have made 54 total starts, recording 12 wins, 8 seconds, and 3 thirds, and $442,438.

Finishing 3rd in her debut on September 5 at Thistledown was Freds My Friend (Gold Market - Ou Special by Hawkin's Special). Ou Special, the dam of Freds My Friend, was a stakes winner who earned $79,276. She has produced 7 winners from 8 to run, including Pesky Rascal, a stakes winner at 2 who earned $338,378 in his career.

Tuts Jewel (King Tutta - Virtual Silver by Silver Buck) has made two starts, both at Thistledown. She finished 4th on August 4, and 5th on August 22. Tuts Jewel is out of a winning mare who has produced 2 winners, one of which won at 2.

The final filly with experience is Frosty Flake (Spunky Rascal - Sweeten Your Step by Covered Wagon), who finished 4th at Presque Isle Downs on August 7 and 5th at Thistledown on August 17. Frosty Flake is a half-sister to one winner and her dam is a half-sister to stakes winner, Waist Gunner John.

Icy Land Lady (Newfoundland - Motel Lady by Bates Motel) sold for $11,000 as a yearling and is out of the winning mare Motel Lady. Motel Lady earned $135,405 and has produced 7 winners, including Roy's Trigger, a stakes winner at 2.

Put It Down (Put It Back - Delectabledanielle by Montreal Red) is the 2nd foal out of an unraced mare who is a full-sister to winner Pass the Cash.

Explodins Melody (Deposit Ticket - Shesurecanexplode by Explodent) is out of a mare who won races at ages 2 through 7, and has produced two winners.

Ambraw has Presents for Berti

September 22, 2008
Kentucky Downs Race 9
Maiden Special Weight
2-year Olds
Post Time: 6:30 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Rockin' Joe
2. Cole B
3. Newport
4. Days Action
5. World Freedom
6. Redgrave
7. Ambraw
8. First Action Hero
9. Last Martini
10. Mister Jo Jangles
11. Presents for Berti
12. Classic Bridges

Apparently, September 22 is Congaree day because we also have two Congarees running at Kentucky Downs, where Ambraw (Congaree - Fabulous Flight by Flying Continental) makes his 2nd start, and Presents for Berti (Congaree - Agiftfrom Bertie by Monetary Gift) debuts. Ambraw's first start was on the turf at Ellis Park on July 26 where he finished 5th. Since that start, he has been working at Churchill Downs. Fabulous Fllight, dam of Ambraw, was a stakes winner who earned $151,816 while finishing in the money 17 of 26 times. She has produced 3 winners from 3 to race. Presents for Berti has also been working at Churchill Downs. He is out of Agiftfrom Bertie, who was a stakes winner at 2, 3, 4, and 5, and earned $408,378. Agiftfrom Bertie has produced 4 winners, including one that won on the turf.

First Action Hero (Action This Day - Subtle Dancer by Crafty Prospector) and Cole B (Explicit - Chief Turk by Turkoman) have met twice, on the Turfway Park Polytrack on September 6, where First Action Hero was 7th and Cole B was 9th, and at a mile on the Ellis Park turf on August 16, where First Action Hero was 6th and Cole B was 3rd. Also running in the August 16 contest was Days Action (Action This Day - Crystal Woods by Woodman), who was 4th. First Action Hero and Days Action are by first-crop sire Action This Day, whose 30 runners have made 72 total starts, recording 7 wins, 4 seconds, and 9 thirds, and $257,926. Subtle Dancer, dam of First Action Hero, was a stakes winner on the dirt and stakes-placed on the turf. Subtle Dancer has produced 3 winners. Cole B is a half-brother to one winner. Days Action, who was also 7th on the Arlington Park Polytrack on July 27, is a half-brother to 7 winners, including stakes winner Bonnie Scot and Woodmont, stakes-placed on the turf.

Rockin' Joe (Johar - Backroom Blues by Dixieland Band) has made 2 turf starts, finishing 2nd at both Colonial Downs and Ellis Park. Rockin' Joe, who sold for $100,000 as a yearling, is by first-year sire Johar. Johar's 22 runners have made 48 total starts, recording 6 wins, 6 seconds, and 2 thirds, and $131,560. Backroom Blues, dam of Rockin' Joe, was a winner and has produced 3 winners, including grade III stakes winner Sindy With an S. Sindy With an S was a stakes winner on dirt and turf who earned $330,949.

Another with two turf starts is Classic Bridges (Sky Classic - Two Bridges by Major Impact), who was 4th in a mile turf race at Delaware Park on August 6, and 7th in Cradle Stakes at River Downs on September 1. Classic Bridges is out of a stakes-placed mare who was a winner on the turf. Classic Bridges is a half-brother to 2 winners.

Last Martini (Lemon Drop Kid - Elaina by Dehere) started twice at Saratoga, finishing 4th on the dirt on August 10, and 7th on the turf on August 25. Last Martini, who was a $150,000 yearling, is out of the mare Elaina, who was a winner at 2. Elaina has produced the turf winner Bone Dry, who has earned $107,960 through 2008.

Mister Jo Jangles (Johannesburg - Prospective Wife by Mr. Prospector) has made two starts, finishing 9th on the dirt at Ellis Park on August 16 ,and 10th on the Turfway Park Polytrack on September 3. Mister Jo Jangles is a half-brother to 7 winners, including Politial Wife, a winner at 2 and a stakes winner at 3, who also won on the turf.

First-time starter Newport (More Than Ready - Secretly by Secretariat) is the top seller in the race, bringing $350,000 as a yearling. Secretly, dam of Newport, was grade II stake-placed and earned $184,949. Secretly has produced 6 winners, including stakes-placed Hot Contest.

Debuter Redgrave (Royal Academy - Symbol of Love by Pleasant Tap) brought $15,000 as a weanling and is out of the winning mare, Symbol of Love. Symbol of Love has produced one winner, who did win on the turf.

World Freedom (Gulch - Freedom of Speech by Danzig), who is also making his first start, is a half-brother to 6 winners, including grade II stakes winner T. D. Vance. T. D. Vance won or placed in 9 turf stakes and earned $504,159.

Curly Works

Curly was back on the worktab at Arlington Park, this time working 5 furlongs in 1:02.20.

2-Year Old Works

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September 21

Working 3 furlongs at Belmont Park in :37.62 was Southern Seduction (filly; Peace Rules - Tizalittlelater by Tiznow). Southern Seduction, who sold for $30,000 at 2, is the first foal out of an unraced mare who is a half-sister to millionaire and grade I winner, Gourmet Girl.

Pleasantlysurprise (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Royal Bandita by Royal Roberto) worked 4 furlongs in :38.40 at Arlington Park. Royal Bandita, dam of Pleasantlysurprise, was a stakes winner who earned $268,524. Pleasantlysurprise is her firt foal. Her first foal has not yet started.


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Yes, please find out how Go Smarty Gos is and let us know. They showed the jockey hop off him and hold him on TV, so many of us have been concerned from that moment.

22 Sep 2008 6:48 AM

What happend to Go Smarty Go ??? After the race he appeared to pull up lame.  Is he ok ?

22 Sep 2008 10:26 AM
Laura P in DC

Thanks for your write-up of the Smarty colt. It's worrisome that he was vanned off after the race; please do let us know how he's doing when you have a chance.

Also, if you've seen Smarty's offspring "up close and personal," would you kindly comment on why they're selling at such a low multiple -- only 1.5 times for his median foal -- of his stud fee of $100K?  My guess is that they're smallish, for one thing, and the market rewards size, and that he might not be "stamping" his offspring with his looks.  This particular foal sold at the 2007 Keenland Sept. sale for only $35K, so at an appreciable loss to his breeder.

Relatedly, have you heard anything about whether Smarty J's stud fee will fall or whether it's privately being discounted?

He needs a really good juvenile to prove himself at stud. Go Smarty Go could be "the one" and will, I hope, recover soon!

Many thanks from this Smarty Jones fan!

22 Sep 2008 11:58 AM

Nothing worse than a two year old getting hurt. I one time saw a two year old go down in his first race ever. I got sick to my stomach. Lets hope this colt is okay.

22 Sep 2008 3:05 PM

Saddest part... Please let us know as soon as you can. We'll be praying.

Norma Jean

22 Sep 2008 3:45 PM
Chris T.

Please let us know how Go Smarty Go is. I was so excited to see one of Smarty's babies do so well, then my heart sank when I read that they vanned him off the track after the race.

Thank you.

22 Sep 2008 4:00 PM

I too was sad to see the colt pulled up after.  I very rarely  play first time starters but the quick works, recent fast bullet plus my perhaps irrational belief that Smarty is going to turn out to be a first class turf sire caused me to play this one.  That was a very quickly run race and the colt worked out a good trip through a large field.  A very impressive performance.  Looking forward to this one's next race, hopefully soon.  

22 Sep 2008 4:12 PM

Smarty already has 4 (including Go Smarty Go) that broke their maiden on their first start. Keefer, Smart Coco and Be Smart are the other 3. There's only a few that have started, but he's got a good start with his offspring.

I, too, am looking for news for Go Smarty Go, and that he's ok.

22 Sep 2008 8:31 PM

go smarty go was awesome-

last out of the gate-just galloped along,then blew right by them all

looked like his daddy with that

turn of foot around the turn-

let us know how he's doing asap

thats a real runner there-best one i

seen out of the 4 winners

22 Sep 2008 10:13 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

I appreciate all your concern about Go Smarty Go, I'll let you know as soon as I learn anything. Don't read anything into the delay, I'm not in the office for the next couple days, plus I'm on jury duty and Tuesday is my birthday.

23 Sep 2008 12:38 AM
Blue Blue Sea

Hope to hear good news about Go Smarty Go soon.

24 Sep 2008 7:26 AM

Please let us know about Go Smarty Go asap, many are anxious to hear how he made out after the race.

24 Sep 2008 10:34 AM
Dr. Fager

Its Thursday, Sept. 25, 1:30 pm, EST.  What's the story with this 2 year old?  Is he seriously injured?

25 Sep 2008 1:28 PM

I really hate racing 2 year olds. I can see training, but these are still baby horses. They should not set foot on a track till 3- how many 2 year olds have to be injured or worse for the right thing is done and let these animals mature!! There are a lot of trainers that aren't in any hurry to get them on the track, so I know I'm not the only one that feels this way.

25 Sep 2008 2:09 PM
Chris T.

I fully agree with psd.  Why are they running these babies when they're far from being mature and subject to so many injuries?  Our colt didn't start until he was three but that was only because he got hurt in the paddock and was out of training for a while as a two year old.  Lucky for him.

He was so much mature at three and won his first time out. I hope so much that Go Smarty Go makes a full recovery and goes on to make his daddy even prouder.

25 Sep 2008 9:26 PM

I was at Belmont that Sunday to specifically watch him run. He was extremely impressive. As I ran toward the winner's circle to watch the celebration I was thrilled that "Smarty" has a real runner. However it quickly became apparent that Go Smarty Go was not returning. My heart sank as I focused him through my binoculars standing in obvious distress with the jockey dismounted and holding him steady. I'm thrilled to hear he is recuperating and wonder if there is anyway to get updates on his condition. I love the game but the health and safety of the horses and riders is most important.

08 Oct 2008 11:48 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

spacityjoe - Three Chimneys will be posting updates on their website.

08 Oct 2008 12:10 PM

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