Smarty Jones Talks! Quips, Quotes and Oats

Released on = December 28, 2004, 4:06 pm

Press Release Author = Robert L. Merz

Industry = Entertainment

Press Release Summary = The new book from America's favorite racehorse.


PHILADELPHIA, PA – December 28, 2004 – Straight from the horse’s mouth. In a newly published book titled "Quips, Quotes and Oats: Smarty Jones Talks," the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and near Belmont Stakes Triple Crown winner opens up about his life on and off the racetrack. America’s horse gives the inside Philadelphia story of his family, friends, fans and place in history.

This thoroughbred thinker touches on topics spanning leadership and motivation to humor and humility. He hurls some zingers, and throws a few ringers on the horseracing establishment. In this fact-based tale, Smarty gives an education ranging from the history of the horse to the traits of a champion.

Pony up with a feel-good story, and learn how this blue collar horse has touched and restored the lives of those around him. Catch the emotion as he runs for the roses and carries an entire nation on his back. Go in depth with Smarty and learn his Team’s story of hard work and big hearts.

Smarty acts as philosopher and humorist for his Team of heartwarming characters—owners Roy and Pat Chapman; trainer John Servis; jockey Stewart Elliott; lead pony Butterscotch; and a host of other notables. He provides a stable’s worth of wisdom and lessons of life in the fast lane.

This is a story suitable for the young and adult reader. With a focus on entertaining and teaching the reader, "Quips, Quotes and Oats" appeals to a wide audience seeking both fact and fiction. This easy to read fairy tale will bring back memories of Smarty’s legendary ancestor Secretariat, and the fabled Seabiscuit.

With over 30 black and white photographs, featuring the award-winning work by Amber Chalfin of, this book forms a moving experience for the reader. More than just a book of humor and wit, "Quips, Quotes and Oats: Smarty Jones Talks" is a story with meaning and moral.

Robert L. Merz is a Philadelphia native, who grew up as a sports enthusiast and avid home town fan. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Tulane University, and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from The University of Oregon. He has
worked for several Fortune 500 companies in the fields of sales and marketing. This is his first book.

This book can be ordered direct for $9.99 + $3 s/h, on the Web from In addition, there is a toll free order # 1-866-horse-04. Write to: Values of America Co., P.O. Box 35204, Philadelphia, PA 19128.

"Quips, Quotes & Oats: Smarty Jones Talks;" Robert L. Merz ; 2004; ISBN# 1-59457-673-4; Trade Paperback; 5 ¼” x 8”; 92 pages; Over 30 black & white photos; $9.99; Booksurge Publishing.

Contact: Robert Merz
Phone: (215)508-5458


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Contact Details = Contact: Robert Merz
Phone: (215)508-5458



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