Smarty Jones has proved to the critics that he is a true Champion, even though he was edged out in the Belmont. After all, up to that point this great race horse, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was undefeated in his young career. This book tells his heartwarming story through all of his exciting races leading up to his run for the triple crown and the stunning upset. The great part for fans is it has absolutely wonderful color pictures of Smarty and his whole Smarty Jones team. Smarty was gallant in defeat and his whole crew are first class people, they showed it at Belmont. This little horse will be a fan favorite for a long time. Don't count him out yet--yes he's that good. Just remember that this is a fan book, with more pictures than verbiage. The whole 'Seabiscuit'-type story remains to be told at the end of this colt's remarkable career.
What a beautiful book! I strongly recommend anyone to buy this book just for the pictures. Every page has huge, glossy scenes of Smarty. The rest is just articles and quotes, so it is a bit repititous, but still nice. However it makes a great picture book
After the exhiliarating trip Smarty took us all on in his quest for the Triple Crown, I was overjoyed to find this great collection of photos and writings on the whole experience. The pictures of the Derby are unbelievable! Alot of interesting and detailed background information, too. As a native Philadelphian and visitor to Philly Park, I am more than proud of our great champion.
I read this book and Smarty Jones: Forever a Champion, by Billy Valentine in the bookstore.
Smarty Jones's: America's Horse is just many color photos with accompaning newpaper articles. If you followed Smarty Jones career through the news on the internet or by newspaper, you will not learn anything new or personal about his life.
Smarty Jones: Forever a Champion, by Billy Valentine is a much better, although with less photos. You will learn the intimate details about Smarty Jones's life and anyone who is associated with him. You really get a feel for Smarty's personality, and people's inital reaction when they first saw him ("a runt") and when they first saw him run, how Servis changed his training tactics, etc. Definitely the book to get if you're a fan.
I was a little disappointed in this book, I thought I was ordering a book that told the story of "SMARTY" from birth to the present, instead I got a "GREAT" photo book of the "PEOPLE'S HORSE". If you are a horse lover of any way, shape or form you will like this book, and like a previous reviewer said, there are a lot repetions, but each picture will take you back to the races in 2004, even if you did not record it on VHS.