OLD TIME HOCKEY is SMARTY JONES’s newest graded winner!

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Making it as exciting as it gets, SMARTY JONES’s son OLD TIME HOCKEY came out on top in a three-horse photo to win Del Mar’s La Jolla H.-G2 for 3-year-olds on Saturday, Aug. 11. His official margin in the mile and a sixteenth turf stakes was a nose over favorite My Best Brother, who was a head in front of Chips All In.

A homebred for Glen Hill Farm, OLD TIME HOCKEY has hit the board in seven of his eight starts this year. The La Jolla is his first stakes win. In his previous start, the chestnut trained by Tom Proctor was third in his stakes debut in Del Mar’s Oceanside S. The grass-loving gelding broke his maiden at one mile in March at Gulfstream Park, defeating 10 rivals with a late rally. But he can win on the front end too, having taken a Hollywood Park allowance in June while leading the entire grassy mile and a sixteenth trip.

From nine career starts, OLD TIME HOCKEY has earned $200,228. He is the first foal out of stakes winner Grat, a daughter of A.P. Indy.

SMARTY JONES is the sire of six stakes winners in 2012, four of them 3-year-olds. The others are two-time Group 1 SMART D N A, $150,000 Borderland Derby winner ISN’T HE CLEVER, and DEVIL IN DISGUISE, a winner of three straight stakes. SMARTY JONES ranks second in the Mid-Atlantic region in 2012 by progeny earnings, his runners fast approaching $3 million for the year. One of history’s best-loved race horses is well on his way to proving himself as an excellent sire of graded stakes horses. Exciting chips off the old block.