Smarty Jones, who gained celebrity status after winning the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is being relocated from Three Chimneys Farm outside Midway to Ghost Ridge Farm in Pennsylvania for the 2011 breeding season.
Three Chimneys made the announcement on its Web site Tuesday in an "Open Letter to the Fans of Smarty Jones."
"It was a difficult decision to move the horse from Three Chimneys," the letter said. "The decision ultimately came down to what was in the best interest of Smarty and his stallion career. Much of the breeding interest in Smarty Jones in recent years has come from the East Coast and, having hailed from Pennsylvania, the Chapman Family is eager to bring him home. The fact that it is in Smarty Jones' best interest and is what the Chapmans want gives us confidence that we're making the right decision."
Smarty Jones was raced by Pat Chapman and her late husband, Roy. Upon Smarty's retirement, they sold 50 percent of his breeding rights to Three Chimneys.
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"Tens of thousands of you have come to visit him here and even more have e-mailed, written letters, and connected with us through social media. We've thoroughly enjoyed hearing your stories of why you follow Thoroughbred racing and what Smarty means to you, because he means the same to us. Yes, Thoroughbred breeding and racing is a business, but we are in this business because we have a genuine and intense love of horses. All of us here at Three Chimneys can say without reservation that we love this horse as much as you do."
Three Chimneys will allow Smarty's fans to say farewell in person when it hosts a public open house on Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The letter was signed by Three Chimneys owner Robert Clay, president Case Clay, stallion manager Sandy Hatfield and marketing director Jen Roytz.