MIDWAY, Ky., May 6 (UPI) -- On the eve of another Kentucky Derby, Smarty Jones, last year's winner, is still living life big as a star, housed where Seattle Slew once lived.
Though somewhat exhausted now that breeding sessions are up to three a day, he still likes the attention and the cameras at his Kentucky home, the Philadelphia Inquirer said Friday.
When the tourists first appear in the barn, Smarty typically goes to his door. But Derby week has been particularly busy. There was an open house on Wednesday. About 600 Smarty fans showed up.
Fan mail floods in and Smarty has a couple of pen pals, including a young man in Philadelphia with a kidney problem, said Robert Clay, Three Chimneys owner.
For Smarty's birthday, a fan sent organic horse treats, with peppermint suckers.
"He has a sense of who he is," said Anne Peters, the seasons and matings adviser at Three Chimneys, who helps line up his dates.