Smart Strike’s biomechanical profile reveals he was a natural two-turn individual with as much power as stride, the kind of horse that can get out there and stalk and then keep going until the rest are left behind.
Calumet Farm will introduce four new stallions in 2017, led by 2015 champion turf male Big Blue Kitten.
Trainer Brian Lynch pre-race pegged Heart to Heart as the pacesetter in the $200,000 Knickerbocker and the son of English Channel jumped out to the front early in the Oct. 10 test and led all the way, easily holding off runner-up Jay Gatsby.
Fresh off an impressive effort in the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (Can-I) at Woodbine, 7-year-old The Pizza Man seeks back-to-back grade I scores, this time in $1 million Pattison Canadian International Oct. 16 at the Toronto racetrack.
The finalists are jockeys Ramon Dominguez, Victor Espinoza, Garrett Gomez, and Craig Perret; Thoroughbreds English Channel, Kona Gold, Rachel Alexandra, and Zenyatta; and trainers Steve Asmussen and David Whiteley.
Canadian champion Heart to Heart grabbed the early lead in the Canadian Turf (gr. IIIT) and never relinquished command to win from last year's victor Long On Value and good-closing Divisidero Feb. 27 at Gulfstream Park.
Midwest Thoroughbreds' The Pizza Man had his first work of 2016 Jan. 23 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Midwest Thoroughbreds' well-traveled grade I winner The Pizza Man has taken up residence at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots to prepare for a 2016 campaign that could include a trip to Dubai.
English Channel tops the Calumet roster at $25,000, followed by Oxbow ($17,500) and Red Rocks ($12,500).
A minor lung infection will keep Midwest Thoroughbreds' homebred Arlington Million (gr. IT) winner stateside.
War Dancer has faced the best of the older turf division all summer and takes a drop in class Oct. 10 in the nine-furlong Knickerbocker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.
The Pizza Man is riding a three-race winning streak into the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 3 during Fall Stars weekend at Keeneland.
Last year's Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner V. E. Day will get a class break on Saturday, Sept. 12 when he starts in the $200,000 Temprence Hill Stakes at Belmont Park.
30 years after Tasso became the first grade I winner sired by a son of Mr. Prospector, another son of Mr. Prospector, Smart Strike, is emerging as a sire of sires.
Interpol was the longest shot on the board but the first at the wire in the $200,000 Sky Classic Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine, earning his first graded victory in his second attempt at that level Aug. 16.
The 6-year-old English Channel gelding galloped to victory in the $1 million Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse, scoring the greatest victory of his career.
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart was all heart Aug. 2, showing the way throughout and carrying on to victory in the $150,000 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park.
The Pizza Man, the popular 4-5 choice in the 12-furlong Stars and Stripes Stakes (gr. IIIT) Saturday, July 11 at Arlington International, wins by a neck over Roman Approval in 2:34.13.
Classic-winning trainer Graham Motion picked up the 2,000th victory of his training career Tuesday, June 9 when Rachel Wall overwhelmed a short field to win the seventh race at Delaware Park.
The extraordinarily reclusive new owner of this 91-year-old Thoroughbred nursery has revealed little about his plans since purchasing the most public of Lexington properties, but one goal is clear: to breed Triple Crown runners and, hopefully, winners.
Smart Strike, a two-time champion sire in North America, was euthanized March 25 at Lane's End Farm near Lexington after succumbing to a case of laminitis. He was 23.
China Horse Club's Parranda, an easy winner of the Marshua's River Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park in early January, made her overseas journey worthwhile with a strong victory in the CECF Singapore Cup (Sin-I) Feb. 22.
Parranda collared pacesetter Skylander Girl with a sixteenth to run and pulled clear to win the $150,000 Marshua's River Stakes (gr. IIIT) Jan. 10 at Gulfstream Park.
Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Red Rocks, a son of top international sire Galileo, will relocate to stand at Calumet Farm near Lexington for the 2015 breeding season.
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart put together a three-race win streak and collected his second straight grade III victory Nov. 15 when he wired a field of 12 sophomores in the $115,300 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Better Talk Now||H. Graham Motion||
|Dylan Thomas (IRE)||Aidan P. O'Brien||
|English Channel||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Fri Guy||Dale L. Romans||
|Grand Couturier (GB)||Robert Ribaudo||
|Red Rocks (IRE)||Mark A. Hennig||
|Transduction Gold||John Glenney||
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