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PA Governor Rendell Proclaims June 5 Smarty Jones Day in Pennsylvania; Colt to Run in Third Leg of Triple Crown at Belmont Stakes
Good Luck Smarty Jones!
BENSALEM, Pa., /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell today issued a proclamation marking Saturday, June 5 as Smarty Jones Day in Pennsylvania for the third time in honor of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner who will compete for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Only the second Pennsylvania-bred winner of the coveted Derby roses, undefeated Smarty Jones runs in the third leg of the Triple Crown at 6:38 p.m. Saturday at Belmont Park, Elmont, NY.
"Pennsylvania is anxious to bring home a Triple Crown winner in Smarty Jones," Governor Rendell said. "The national attention that Smarty Jones has received during the past several weeks has been a tremendous testament to his strength and stamina, and a well-managed team."
Roy and Pat Chapman of New Hope, Bucks County own Smarty Jones, who was raised in Chester County and began his racing career under the training of John Servis at Philadelphia Park, Bucks County. Philadelphia jockey Stewart Elliot, who rode Smarty Jones in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, will ride the champion thoroughbred in Saturday's race.
Governor Rendell also announced his plans to wager his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winnings of $172 at Belmont Park.
"If Smarty Jones becomes the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, I will be donating my winnings to charity," Governor Rendell said.
Pennsylvania is home to four operating racetracks: Penn National Racecourse, Grantville, Dauphin County; Philadelphia Park, Bensalem, Bucks County; Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County; and The Meadows, Meadow Lands, Washington County.
The racing industry contributes $10 billion annually to the Commonwealth. For more information on Pennsylvania's equine industry, visit http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us.
Editor's Note: The Governor's proclamation follows:
SMARTY JONES DAY
June 5, 2004
WHEREAS, Smarty Jones was born on February 28, 2001, on Roy and Pat Chapman's Someday Farm in Chester County; and
WHEREAS, Smarty Jones is the offspring of Elusive Quality and I'll Get Along and named for Pat Chapman's grandmother Mildred 'Smarty' Jones; and
WHEREAS, this special horse made an amazing comeback after a tragic injury in the starting gate just 12 days into his training at Philadelphia Park; and
WHEREAS, Smarty Jones continues his undefeated career with a thrilling come-from-behind win in the Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2004, and a record- breaking win by 11 1/2 lengths in the Preakness at Pimlico on May 15, 2004; and
WHEREAS, Smarty Jones has captured the hearts of his hometown, his home state, and in fact, the entire nation and is the first unbeaten Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner since Seattle Slew in 1977; and
WHEREAS, Smarty Jones's incredible run has made millions of Pennsylvania's citizens more aware of the need to save the equine industry in the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, Smarty Jones will carry the hopes of millions of Pennsylvanians on his back as he races this Saturday at the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York in the final leg of the Triple Crown.
THEREFORE, I, Edward G. Rendell, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, join with owners Pat and Roy Chapman, trainer John Servis, jockey Stewart Elliott, and the entire Pennsylvania equine industry in recognizing June 5, 2004 as Smarty Jones Day in the Commonwealth and encourage all of our citizens to cheer for this courageous and feisty little chestnut horse with the huge heart as he circles the track at the Belmont Stakes.
GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the
Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this
second day of June in the year of our Lord
two thousand and four, and of the
Commonwealth the two hundred and twenty-