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Smarty Jones, pictured at Three Chimneys Farm, inspired a group of ladies to pool their lunch money to help save slaughter-bound horses. Three Chimneys/Kim Pratt Photo

Smarty Jones fans pool lunch money to save TBs

In 2004, it seemed everyone became a racing fan. That’s whenSmarty Jones burst onto racing’s big stage with storybook victories in the Derby and Preakness, and the cover of Sports Illustrated was emblazoned with the great racehorse’s image. Even a retired high school teacher, who was so non-horsey she shrugged with indifference when she first heard his name, became ensnared as the possibility of a Triple Crown victory excited the nation. In fact, Susan Kearney, 65, grew so passionate about the lives of these galloping athletes, that she went on to co-found a fundraising group committed to helping Thoroughbreds not so famous, nor […]