Horse racing is a big thing in this area, and there were LOTS of people pulling for Smarty Jones. Probably even more than Funny Cide last year. It would have been great to see a Triple Crown winner, but the distance was a bit more than he could handle. Why did Mary Lou Whitney's horse have to choose now to win a race? To her credit, old (and I do mean old!) Mary Lou was genuinely contrite and apologetic. She wanted to see a Triple Crown winner as badly as anyone. Or maybe she was just afraid of being mugged by the rowdy Belmont crowd.
Before the race it was rumored that Smarty Jones was being offered upwards of $50 million for stud fees. Wonder how much folks will pay for his essence now?