Derby Contenders

Stewart Elliott

Stewart Elliott will always be associated with champion Smarty Jones, whom he rode to a 2 3/4-length victory in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and an 11 1/2-length romp in the Preakness (G1) in 2004. Smarty Jones entered the Belmont S. (G1) unbeaten, but lost his bid for the Triple Crown when he was passed late by Birdstone and relegated to second. Elliott was born on March 1, 1965, in Toronto, Canada. His father Dennis was a jockey for six years in Hong Kong before becoming a trainer. Stewart began riding in 1981 at Keystone Park, now Philadelphia Park, and he currently ranks as the track's all-time leading rider. On January 19, Elliott racked up his 4,000th career victory when piloting Jake's Bandaid at Philadelphia Park. Elliott will be riding in only his third Derby, with Smarty Jones having been his very first mount in the Run for the Roses. His 2009 partner, West Side Bernie, was one of his top horses last year, as the two teamed up to capture the Kentucky Cup Juvenile (G3).