Smarty Jones arrives for Belmont

June 2, 2004 at 7:52 PM
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ELMONT, N.Y., June 2 (UPI) -- Smarty Jones arrived Wednesday at Belmont Park, where he will be the overwhelming choice to complete horse racing's Triple Crown.

The undefeated colt was installed as the 2-5 morning-line favorite and will break from the far outside in a field of nine for Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

Smarty Jones received a police escort Wednesday as he made the trip by van from Philadelphia Park to Long Island.

The horse is the shortest priced morning-line favorite since Spectacular Bid, who was 1-5 before finishing third in 1979, spoiling a chance at the Triple Crown.

The post position is not much of a factor at Belmont Park due to the 1 1/2-mile distance. Trainer John Servis likes being on the outside.

"We don't have to worry about who is outside of us, just who is inside of us," Servis said. "We can sit outside a bit and still be in a good position by the first turn."

Smarty Jones will try to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 and just the 12th in history.

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