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Sunday, November 7
I'll Get Along sold for $5 million

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The mother of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones was sold for $5 million Sunday at the Fasig-Tipton November Selected Sale.

I'll Get Along was sold to Olin Gentry and Thomas Gaines. The 12-year-old bay mare is now in foal to Elusive Quality, the sire of Smarty Jones.

"When I looked at the mare, I saw Smarty Jones written all over her," said Gaines, a son of thoroughbred breeder and Breeders' Cup founder John R. Gaines. "That's what I love about her."

I'll Get Along will give birth to a full sibling to Smarty Jones next year.

Gentry called Smarty Jones "probably the most exceptional horse we've seen in training in 20 years. They just don't come along like that very often. Let's hope (I'll Get Along) can do it again."

I'll Get Along's value skyrocketed after Smarty Jones won his first six starts this year, including the first two legs of the Triple Crown. The colt lost to Birdstone in the Belmont Stakes, failing to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed in 1978.

Smarty Jones, still a contender for Horse of the Year, was retired in August because of chronic bruising in all four hooves.

Roy and Pat Chapman, Smarty Jones' owners, bought I'll Get Along for $40,000 at the 1993 Keeneland September sale. The daughter of sprint champion Smile, out of Don't Worry Bout Me, earned $276,969 in a five-year racing career before the Chapmans retired her in 1999 for breeding.

Smarty Jones was her second foal. Her current foal will be her fifth.

The Chapmans sold all but two of their horses -- one of them Smarty Jones -- between 2001 and 2002. Brent Fernung, representing Cloverleaf Farms owner John Sykes, bought I'll Get Along at the 2001 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

I'll Get Along wasn't the only broodmare of a prominent horse sold Sunday. Joiski's Star, the mother of Breeders' Cup Mile winner Singletary, went for $325,000 to Canadian agent R.J. Bennett. Joiski's Star is pregnant again by Singletary's sire, Sultry Song.

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