Grade II winner Smooth Jazz has been relocated to Ghost Ridge Farm near Felton, Pa., for the 2010 breeding season. He will stand for a fee of $3,500.
By Storm Boot, Smooth Jazz won the 2003 Commonwealth Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. II) at seven furlongs at Keeneland, posting a 117 Beyer Speed Figure and a Ragozin Number of 0. He retired with five wins from 11 starts and earnings of $321,105.
Ten-year-old Smooth Jazz has sired four stakes horses, including millionaire Smooth Air, a grade II winner the last two years. Smooth Air won the 2008 Ohio Derby (gr. II) and the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) and this year’s Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II).
Another of Smooth Jazz’s runners, Smoothability, earned a championship in Jamaica.
Smooth Jazz is living up to his credentials as a racehorse sire. According to Bloodhorse.com (Nov. 21), he boasts an impressive 62% repeat winners to date in 2009.
“With the strong Pennsylvania breeding and racing program, we think Smooth Jazz is a perfect fit,” said Ghost Ridge general manager Carl McEntee. “He posted some of the best speed figures of his generation, has a sensational pedigree, and now has a champion and millionaire in his first crop to race.”
Smooth Jazz, out of the Blushing John mare Blushing Issue, formerly stood at Buckridge Farm near Kinderhook, N.Y.