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`Quips, Quotes and Oats - Smarty Jones Talks!'

Horse Books - Press Release

Straight from the horse's mouth. In a newly published book titled "Quips, Quotes and Oats - Smarty Jones Talks," the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and near-Belmont Stakes Triple Crown winner opens up about his life on and off the racetrack. America's horse gives the inside Philadelphia story of his family, friends, fans and place in history.

This thoroughbred thinker touches on topics spanning from leadership and motivation to humor and humility. He hurls some zingers, and throws a few ringers on the horseracing establishment. In this fact-based tale, Smarty gives an education ranging from the history of the horse to the traits of a champion.

Pony up with a feel-good story, and learn how this blue-collar horse has touched and restored the lives of those around him. Catch the emotion as he runs for the roses and carries an entire nation on his back. Go in-depth with Smarty and learn his team's story of hard work and big hearts.

Smarty acts as philosopher and humorist for his team of heartwarming characters - owners Roy and Pat Chapman; trainer John Servis; jockey Stewart Elliott; lead pony Butterscotch; and a host of other notables. He provides a stable's worth of wisdom and lessons of life in the fast lane.

This is a story suitable for the young and adult reader. With a focus on entertaining and teaching the reader, "Quips, Quotes and Oats" appeals to a wide audience seeking both fact and fiction. This easy-to-read fairy tale will bring back memories of Smarty's legendary ancestor Secretariat, and the fabled Seabiscuit.

With over 30 black and white photographs featuring the award-winning work by Amber Chalfin of, this book forms a moving experience for the reader. More than just a book of humor and wit, "Quips, Quotes and Oats - Smarty Jones Talks" is a story with meaning and moral.

Robert L. Merz is a Philadelphia native, who grew up as a sports enthusiast and avid hometown fan. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Tulane University, and a Master's degree in Industrial Relations from The University of Oregon. He has worked for several Fortune 500 companies in the fields of sales and marketing. This is his first book.

To request a review copy, please contact This book can be ordered direct for $9.99 + $3 s/h, on the Web from In addition, there is a toll-free order # 1-866-horse-04.

Write to: Values of America Co., P.O. Box 35204, Philadelphia, PA 19128.

"Quips, Quotes & Oats - Smarty Jones Talks"; Robert L. Merz; 2004; ISBN# 1-59457-673-4; Trade Paperback; 5-1/2 inches x 8 inches; 92 pages; Over 30 black & white photos; $9.99; Booksurge Publishing.