since living in Pa for a very long time and being vested in the Industry, We need a Winner, We got one in Mr Jones. AS fast Eddie said we should go and have a parade down Broad St for just the feeling. I did over exagerate by my statement for I personally have seen some great competitive races in my time. But when you are up close and personal with knowing some wonderful stories and sad ones involving what happened in Ky, I only personally feel that it was a great and wonderful race and story. It would be nearly an understatement that Mr. Smarty Jones and Stewert Elliot stood their ground and supposedly beat the best in the U>S>A. I feel great and hope that the public will come back to the tracks and hopefully witness the beginning of a legend... I love the underdogs, sorry.....Go Penn and Mr. JOnes and the crew..
One night at Liberty Bell, I watched P A Carlos get an absolutely atrocious drive by Eddie Davis and get beat on the wire by To Ri Boy in the Saturday night Preferred feature. Carlos was tons the best horse. I wait all week for another chance, then on next Saturday night bet my week's paycheck ($140) on Carlos. Eddie gives him the exact same atrocious drive, and To Ri Boy nails him again on the wire. I was so mad I could spit, but look back and smile now. Those were better days, its just not the same sitting in a darkened room, watching and betting races on TV.
Yea, he was a good crook.But as you know, it all eventually caught up with him. But what talent he had. I was riding at the Bell at the time.(before Keystone) They were good days. We could do no wrong.
Does anyone remember the following:
1) Charlie Flickinger used to have a horse he'd race like 60 times a year (crippled and all). He'd win like 2 times a year, and even one time he got good enough to enter the Open, but he'd just sit the rail and hope to pass horses late every week. What was the horse's name?
2) About 10 years ago, Stan Shuba, Jr. drove a horse named Wright Tonight that would go off at 99-1 each week. He'd take the horse to the 1/2 in like 55 seconds and have a 25 length lead, then puke his guts out. Even Dave Palone couldn't get this horse to pace. One night Shuba went to the half in 56 and change, and actually hung on at 99-1. I'll never forget that.
Smarty Jones made the win look too easy.I got a special kick watching the race because none of the handicapers in our local papers picked Smarty Jones because they said that he benefited in his other wins by having a perfect race setup. I wonder if the jockey had anything to do with it. The story line surrounding this win IMO rates above the Seabiscuit saga. I was a resident of Philly before moving to the west coast. I loved watching the trotters in the northeast. Was the old trotting track the present Philadelphia Park.