Smarty Jones to return to Parx Racing 15 years after Triple Crown run

Mike DeNardo
May 01, 2019 - 4:35 pm
Smarty Jones

Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Categories: 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For the first time since his Triple Crown run 15 years ago, Smarty Jones is returning to Parx Racing in Bensalem.  

Labor Day doubles as Smarty Jones Day at Parx, and this Labor Day, Smarty will be there in the flesh. 

Since falling just short of the 2004 Triple Crown, the area's most famous thoroughbred has been out to stud at farms in Kentucky and in Pennsylvania. But he's remained a part of Philly sports lore, and Parx track announcer Keith Jones expects big crowds for Smarty's return.

"I can't imagine it's going to be anything but a tremendous hit," he said. "The people that were fans back then will take the opportunity because I don't know if there's going to be a lot of other opportunities to come out and see him one more time."

Related:

Keith Jones recalled the 2004 season when thousands showed up to see Smarty — and he wasn't even racing.

"I still remember — it was a day where he was working out during the Triple Crown season where we invited the public to come in and just watch his workout," he said. "We were amazed at the number of people that just came out to fill the apron, to just get a glimpse of him for a few moments."

Plans have not been finalized yet, but Smarty will likely parade in front of the crowd at some point between the day's races.