Stewart Elliott, winning jockey aboard fan and wagering favorite Smarty Jones in the 2004 Kentucky Derby, will compete at Remington Park in the upcoming Thoroughbred Season. Elliott will become the first jockey to win a Kentucky Derby to ride on a daily basis in Oklahoma City.
A journeyman jockey with total career victories of 4,855 through Aug. 13, Elliott began his riding career in 1981 and boasts total mount earnings of more than $102 million. Elliott has raced all over North America throughout his career. This year he was based at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., Churchill Downs in Louisvillle, Ky., Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. and Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Ind.
“Remington Park is good with the long season up to December 15, then off for the holidays, then right on to Oaklawn,” Elliott said about his decision to race in Oklahoma City. “I figured that would probably be a good run and a lot of people from here to go Oaklawn.”
Remington Park's Thoroughbred season has led into the winter/spring season at Oaklawn for more than 20 years. The expanded Oaklawn season following the Remington Park session was appealing to Elliott, allowing him to be in one area of the country for nearly nine months.
Elliott's long and consistent career will forever be highlighted by his near Triple Crown run aboard Smarty Jones in 2004. The only jockey to sit on Smarty Jones, Elliott guided the colt through a brief but rewarding career that was nearly perfect. After winning stakes races at Philadelphia Park (now known as Parx) and Aqueduct in New York, Smarty Jones then swept the derby series at Oaklawn Park, culminating in an Arkansas Derby victory. After winning the Kentucky Derby and then the Preakness Stakes, Smarty Jones was denied a Triple Crown with a second-place effort to Birdstone in the Belmont Stakes.
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