Lost and Found

Lost With millions of eyes this past spring on Triple Crown contender Smarty Jones – the three-year-old colt bred in Pennsylvania-it was only natural for many to express interest in the Keystone State’s thoroughbred heritage and equine industry. At its peak a century ago, Shadeland, the Powell Brothers Purebred Stock Fan=rm in Spring Township, Crawford County, was noted worldwide as...
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Executive Director’s Message

The spring edition of Pennsylvania Heritage covers more than three hundred years of the Commonwealth’s history wealth’s history, from the seventeenth¬≠-century gardens of William Penn at Pennsbury Manor to Smarty Jones’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes victories last year. Spring in Pennsylvania follows familiar cycles as predictable spring bulbs are followed by flowering...
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And They’re Off! Pennsylvania’s Horse Racing Tradition

Thoroughbred racing doesn’t normally look to Pennsylvania for its next champion, but a small colt may have changed all that. In November 2003, Smarty Jones, foaled in Chester County two years earlier, ran his first competitive race at Philadelphia Park, one of the state’s four licensed horse race tracks. Six months later, on Saturday, May 1, 2004, the plucky little horse became the...
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