Turf champion English Channel
has relocated to Calumet Farm near Lexington for the 2015 season.
By Smart Strike out of the Theatrical mare Belva, English Channel stood the last five seasons at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., and commanded a 2014 fee of $25,000. Owned by Brad Kelley's Calumet and Jim Scatuorchio, English Channel started his stud career in 2008 at Hurricane Hall, a Lexington-area operation co-owned by Kelley, and moved to Lane's End for the 2010 season.
Scatuorchio bought English Channel for $50,000 from consignor Eaton Sales at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale. He posted a 13-4-1 record from 23 career starts from ages 2 through 5 for trainer Todd Pletcher, winning six grade I races and earning more than $5.3 million.
He was honored with the Eclipse Award as champion turf male of 2007 after wins in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and United Nations Stakes (gr. IT).
English Channel has 10 stakes winners from his first two crops and is represented by eight graded stakes winners, including five thus far in 2014, from four crops racing. His top offspring include 2013 Canadian champion 3-year-old male and classic winner Strait of Dover
, multiple graded-stakes winner and $917,622-earner Optimizer
, as well as graded winners Parranda
, and The Pizza Man
, who won the $400,000 American St. Leger Aug. 16 at Arlington International Racecourse
English Channel has 126 winners from 204 starters that have amassed more than $12.7 million in purse earnings through Aug. 18.
"English Channel is establishing himself as an important sire on the turf, and his progeny are showing that they are sound and durable racehorses," said Ken Wilkins, Calumet's newly named stallion director. "It makes sense to bring English Channel here as Calumet will continue to strongly support him."