08/05/2004 11:00PM

Shares in Smarty Jones all sold out


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Smarty Jones's racing career is now closed, and so, apparently, is the sale of shares in the 3-year-old stallion prospect. Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., offered 20 shares for $650,000 each, and, according to Dan Rosenberg, president of Three Chimneys, the demand easily outstripped availability.

"They sold out in a matter of several days," Rosenberg said Friday. "Our problem in selling the shares was saying no to people we didn't want to say no to."

Rosenberg said that 20 separate individuals or entities bought the shares. "Demand exceeded supply, and because demand exceeded supply, we doled them out," he said.

Rosenberg said that the stud fee for Smarty Jones, a son of Elusive Quality, would likely be announced "within the next couple of weeks." So far, there's no word on when Smarty Jones will arrive at his new residence, an event that undoubtedly will draw a lot of interest from Smarty fans. Even though the colt hasn't arrived for breeders' inspection, Rosenberg said the Three Chimneys office has gotten a number of mare nominations, though he wouldn't identify specific potential mates for Smarty just yet.

"Obviously, the interest in him is quite high," Rosenberg said. "We're excited to have him, and the public has been terribly, terribly supportive of the decision."

Smarty Jones's owners and breeders, Roy and Pat Chapman, announced their decision last week to retire the colt because of chronic bruising in his fetlock joints. The problem isn't necessarily career-ending, but the Chapmans cited a desire not to risk their classic winner.

The deal to bring Smarty Jones to Three Chimneys was worth a total of $39 million, with the Chapmans retaining half of the 60 shares in the horse. Three Chimneys kept 10 shares.

Glowing Tribute dead at 31

Glowing Tribute, dam of the 1993 Kentucky Derby winner, Sea Hero, and that year's Broodmare of the Year, has died in Lexington at age 31 after colicking, according to a Blood-Horse online report Friday.

Glowing Tribute, who died Thursday, was owned by John Gaines. Gaines purchased her from Paul Mellon's Rokeby Stables at the 1992 Keeneland November breeding stock sale for $460,000. The following May, her Polish Navy colt, Champagne Stakes winner Sea Hero, won the Derby. He later won the Travers Stakes.

Glowing Tribute was a Mellon homebred by Graustark out of the Hail to Reason mare Admiring. She won back-to-back runnings of the Sheepshead Bay Handicap in 1976 and 1977, as well as the 1976 Diana Handicap, for career earnings of $212,434. She won half her 14 starts.

Sea Hero was not Glowing Tribute's only outstanding runner. She also produced dual Grade 1 winner Hero's Honor, Grade 2 winner Wild Applause, dual Grade 2 winner Glowing Honor, Grade 1-placed Crowning Tribute, Grade 3 winners Coronation Cup and Mackie, and stakes winner Seattle Glow.

According to Jockey Club records, Glowing Tribute was last bred in 2002 to Royal Anthem but was barren from that mating.

Dollar Bill a tough loss

The death last week of Dollar Bill hit a lot of people hard, from fans of the horse's "first person" online commentary to the veterinary staff that cared for him in his last months at Lexington's Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.

Ben Glass, racing manager for the colt's owners, Gary and Mary West, also was not immune, as he readily admitted.

"It was impossible not to love him," Glass said of Dollar Bill, a 6-year-old Peaks and Valleys colt, who was known as a hard-trying runner whose career was compromised by bad racing luck. Despite repeated traffic problems, Dollar Bill retired a millionaire and Grade 2 winner.

The Rood and Riddle staff cared for Dollar Bill from October 2003, when he had surgery on an arthritic ankle joint, until he was euthanized Aug. 3 after foundering. They showered him with peppermints, Glass said, and even decorated the outside of his stall with candy-cane holiday lights.

"People were sending him bags of mints," Glass said. "I think people liked him because he was the working man's horse. He didn't get any big bonuses, and he had to keep knocking heads with the toughest horses ever. He never ducked anybody, and he tried every time."

Saarland details revealed

It's official: Hill 'n' Dale Farm in Lexington will stand Cynthia Phipps's Remsen Stakes winner Saarland, though the horse's stud fee hasn't been announced yet.

Bloodstock agent Emmanuel de Seroux's Narvick International purchased an 80 percent interest in Saarland on behalf of Jess Jackson. Phipps retains the remaining 20 percent interest in Saarland, a 5-year-old Unbridled-Versailles Treaty horse, who retired this year with a 21-5-5-1 record and $595,250 in earnings.

Chiselling under treatment

Grade 1 winner Chiselling, a Woodman half-brother to 2003 Belmont winner Empire Maker and two other Grade 1 winners, is undergoing treatment in Kentucky for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, according to a report on SAhorseracing.com.

Chiselling, winner of the Secretariat and Lexington Stakes in 2002, was to enter stud in South Africa this year at Maine Chance Farms. Andreas Jacobs and Scott Brothers purchased the 5-year-old horse from owner and breeder Juddmonte Farms. The colt is expected to ship to South Africa for the 2005 season.