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Feb 24, 2006

Smarty Jones' owner passes away


Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Roy Chapman, the owner of Kentucky Derby-winner Smarty Jones, passed away on Friday.

The 79-year-old lost his long battle with emphysema and died at his home in Doylestown, a Philadelphia suburb.

Roy and his wife Patricia first got into thoroughbreds in the 1980s.

Smarty Jones captured the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2004. His Triple Crown run fell short in the Belmont Stakes as he lost by a length to Birdstone.

The Chapmans retired Smarty in the summer of 2004 after he was bothered by a bruised front left hoof. Further testing revealed a chronic bruising of the bottom of the cannon bone in all four fetlock joints.

Smarty Jones earned more than $7.6 million during his short, but brilliant career and retired to stud at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky.

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