A 2-year-old chestnut colt has stirred many memories with a sensational win on Nov. 18 at Parx Racing. RES JUDICATA, a son of the always memorable SMARTY JONES, won as the easiest of winners when taking the six and a half-furlong $75,000-added Christopher Elser Memorial S. by 6 1/2 lengths in his stakes debut. He carried the familiar blue and white silks of his breeder, Pat Chapman’s Someday Farm, who with her late husband Roy bred and campaigned SMARTY JONES.
Trainer John Servis guided SMARTY JONES through his incredible campaign, which included wins in the Kentucky Derby-G1 and Preakness S.-G1, and now has the classic winner’s flashy blaze-faced son in his barn. RES JUDICATA, a third-generation homebred for Someday Farm, won at first asking in July at Penn National. With two wins from three starts, he has earned $71,220.
SMARTY JONES won at first asking as a 2-year-old, then captured Philadelphia Park’s Pennsylvania Nursery S. by an eye-popping 15 lengths in his stakes debut. SMARTY JONES has sired 11 juvenile stakes horses in his first five crops, including graded stakes winner Rogue Romance, an earner of $291,150 as a 2-year-old. With more than $5 million in total progeny earnings in 2012, SMARTY JONES ranks second in the Northeast on the leading sires list, and is represented by 10 stakes winners this year.