Smarty Jones Christmas Ornament

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The colt who survived a fractured skull went on to win the Kentucky Derby...  It's a story you'd expect from Hollywood, not Pennsylvania.  Smarty Jones was born on the same day as his owner's mother, whom she honored by giving him her childhood nickname.  A chestnut with a tiny star, Smarty hit his head on the starting gate while training, and fell to the ground unconscious.  His jockey thought he was dead, but the horse revived, and although x-rays revealed a fractured skull, he received attentive care and healed from his injury.  He went on to win his first 6 starts, earning a place in the Kentucky Derby.  He then won the Derby and the Preakness to cheering crowds, inspired by his ability to overcome such a terrible injury.  Being more of a sprinter than a distance horse, he was passed in the Belmont, but placed second, 8 lengths ahead of the Show horse.  He was retired following that race, with a record of 8 wins and 1 place in 9 starts.  He now stands at stud in Kentucky for half the year and in Uruguay for the other half.  He has produced winners across the world, including in the US, Panama and Japan.

Smarty Jones; photo credit Blood Horse
[Smarty Jones; photo credit Blood Horse]

 

Breyer honored him with a Christmas ornament in 2004 to celebrate his amazing comeback to victory.

This one is Factory Mint in his original box.

 

  

Breyer Model #700444

Year of Release:  2004

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