2nd at 4HIGHLANDER S.
(CAN-III , 6f , to Smart Enough, defeating Heros Reward, Legal Move, Yankee Injunuity, Mr. Nightlinger, True Vindication, True to Tradition, Shadowless, Stuck in Traffic ).
Multiple record setter and seasoned traveler Smart Enough once again passed the test and proved his love for WoodbineÕs turf course, on which he has twice captured the Highlander Stakes (Can-IIIT).
The son of Horse Chestnut most recently won in wire-to-wire fashion June 21, as he outsmarted nine foes and prevailed by two lengths in the six-furlong sprint.
It was the second graded stakes score for the 6-year-old gelding, who has won or placed in an impressive 17 black-type contests during his 21-start career.
Trained by John Fisher, Smart Enough came into the Highlander off a score May 30 in the Wolf Hill Stakes at Monmouth Park. The chestnutÕs initial graded victory came in the 2007 Highlander. His repeat win makes him the first two-time victor of the Highlander since Soaring Free in 2004 and 2005.
Owned by Edith Dixon and bred by her late husband, F. Eugene ÒFitzÓ Dixon Jr., Smart Enough has now earned $867,317.
Eugene Dixon was an avid sportsman, a former majority owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, and a minority shareholder in the Philadelphia Flyers. A former chairman of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, he is a descendant of the Widener family, which has a long history in American racing and breeding.
The Dixons formerly operated their familyÕs historic 426-acre Erdenheim Farm in Pennsylvania, which was recently acquired by a preservation foundation. Among the coupleÕs most prominent runners over the years are grade I winners To Ridley and Sharp Face, both over jumps.
Dixon bred Smart Enough from the Polish Numbers mare Quick Õn Smart, who was a dual stakes winner at Meadowlands for the couple. She was most recently bought for $210,000 by International Thoroughbred Consultant at the 2007 Keeneland January mixed sale. Consigned by the Complete Estate Dispersal of F. Eugene Dixon Jr. through Claiborne Farm, agent, she was carrying her now 2-year-old colt by Northern Afleet.
Horse Chestnut is the sire of nine stakes winners. The 14-year-old son of Fort Wood stands for a private fee at the Rupert familyÕs Drakenstein Stud Farm in South Africa. He formerly stood at the Hancock familyÕs Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky.ÑE.M.
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