08/01/2004 11:00PM

Smarty Jones retired

Smarty Jones (above, winning the Kentucky Derby) has been retired from racing.

Smarty Jones, the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner who became one of the most popular figures in Thoroughbred racing in recent years, was officially retired Monday afternoon. The announcement came at a 3 p.m. press conference.

was taken out of training a little more than one week ago with what at the time was described as a bruised hoof. In the meantime, Smarty Jones has gone to a nearby clinic, where more significant problems apparently were discovered.

Smarty Jones won the first eight starts of his career before suffering his lone loss in what will be his final career start, the Belmont Stakes.