Smarty is a Philly horse, so I'm extra pumped about him, but his effect is national, and he's making Front Page headlines worldwide. He's given people a positive focus in dark times, and that's the mark of a special soul.
He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated last week, and that's very rare for a horse. Not to mention the dreaded Sports Illustrated cover jinx, which obviously didn't affect Smarty. People--and I mean people in the know, like some of the great jockeys who got blown away by him on Saturday--are comparing him to Secretariat, and Big Red is a god in the world of horse racing. Smarty's a very special guy and I've never seen a horse capture the love of the entire country like he has, but then Seabiscuit was before my time. If he wins the Belmont, I'm sure there'll be a movie and book. Belmont is very long--a mile and half--and none of the horses in it has ever run that distance, but Smarty wasn't even tired after the Preakness. With all that's going on in the world, Iraq, and the economy, Smarty Jones has given people a psychic break and brought people together somewhat. And the story is that Seabiscuit did the same. Stay tuned.