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Go Smarty Go, Son of Smarty Jones, 2004 Kentucky Derby Winner

Loxahatchee, FL - April 7, 2009 -- On March 29, 2009, Go Smarty Go arrived at Pure Thoughts Inc.'s expanded OTTB (Off Track Thoroughbred) Rehab and Placement division.

Go Smarty Go is the son of 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones, out of the Holy Bull mare Sarah's World. Smarty Jones was the first undefeated horse to win the Kentucky Derby since Seattle Slew in 1977, and would later be joined by Barbaro. Smarty Jones almost didn't make it to the Kentucky Derby as he was seriously injured in a training accident in the fall of his 2 year old season. Smarty Jones was treated for a fractured skull and eye socket by Dr. Patricia Hogan. His eye was saved and he went on to come within a couple lengths of winning the Triple Crown.

Go Smarty Go had a similar event occur after breaking his maiden at Belmont Park in his first race, as a 2 year old in September of 2008. After just missing breaking the track record in a 7 furlong maiden special weight on the turf by 4/5ths of a second, Go Smarty Go fractured his cannon bone. Dr. Patricia Hogan, who had saved his sire, also operated on Go Smarty Go and after a successful rehabilitation, the owners decided to retire him.

Go Smarty Go will continue his rehabilitation at Pure Thoughts and will one day be adopted into a forever home. After his rehabilitation, he will begin his training to be a riding horse. You will be able to watch Go Smarty Go progress on the Pure Thoughts website at https://www.purethoughtshorserescue.com/ottbdivision/gosmartygo.php

Brad Gaver, co-founder of Pure Thoughts Inc. Horse & Foal Rescue commented, "Go Smarty Go is a young and curious horse. He is having a great time just being a horse and getting to know everyone. We keep him in a smaller paddock so that he does not hurt himself but he is able to turn out with his newfound friend Brave & Skillful. His owners were here when he arrived and it was a very emotional reunion. They truly love Go Smarty Go and were there with his favorite: peppermints. The medical care they provided for Go Smarty Go saved his life and ensured he would go on to live a long healthy life. We will help Go Smarty Go move onto his next chapter. We are honored."

Pure Thoughts Inc is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping horses. To send donations to help with the horses you can visit the website at http://www.PTHR.org or mail tax deductible donations to Pure Thoughts Inc. Thoroughbred Rehab & Placement 19181 Capet Creek, Loxahatchee, FL 33470.

 

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