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Smart Strike Recording , by Danzig
BGeorge Strawbridge Jr., PA.; OAugustin Stable; TH. Graham Motion
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Cactus Ridge Studentoftheweek , by Sunny Clime
BWm A. Thomson, KY.; OJoseph Lacombe Stable, Inc.; TDoug F. O'Neill
M One Rifle
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One Man Army Leanessa , by Bertrando
BIrwin Molasky, CA.; OBernstein, Ed, Greenspun, Bryan and Headley, Bruce and Molasky, Irvin; TBruce Headley
Smart Bid got Day 2 of the BreedersÕ Cup off and rolling Nov. 7 for breeder/owner George Strawbridge Jr. as the 3-year-old colt won the $100,000 Damascus Stakes. The Damascus was the first race on the card that featured eight BreedersÕ Cup races. The day before, Strawbridge had quite an up-and-down day after his champion Forever Together finished third as the favorite in the Emirates Airline BreedersÕ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) and Informed Decision upended Ventura to win the BreedersÕ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I).
In the Damascus, Smart Bid stalked the pace under Jeremy Rose and rallied down the center of the track to win the seven-furlong race by a length at 13-1. The 6-5 favorite, M One Rifle, was third.
Smart Bid was making his first start since missing by a neck to Stormalory in the April 3 Central Bank Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland. He had spent time in Southern California prior to the Keeneland run, winning an allowance/optional claiming race on the turf Jan. 19 at Santa Anita and then finishing up the track behind The Pamplemousse in the Feb. 28 Sham Stakes (gr. III).
ÒHe ran like I really thought he could,Ó said winning trainer Graham Motion. ÒHeÕs got a lot of speed. When he ran in the Sham here last spring, he was just too sharp. He wasnÕt quite ready for that. HeÕs a very impressive work horse, and heÕll stay here for the winter and the (seven-furlong) Malibu (Dec. 26) would be a consideration.
The Damascus winner is a fourth-generation homebred for Strawbridge, having started with the family while breeding T. V. Ad, the dam of four stakes winners and three stakes-placed runners. Among the black-type winners was second dam Ratings, winner of two graded races including the Diana Handicap (gr. IIT, now gr. IT). Ratings produced two stakes winners including Smart BidÕs grade III-winning dam, Recording. Recording delivered a Lemon Drop Kid filly March 5 and has been bred to Smart Strike for 2010.
Smart Strike, the leading sire in North America by progeny earnings in 2007 and 2008, is the sire of 70 stakes winners. Among his 15 added-money winners in 2009 are Furthest Land, winner of the BreedersÕ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), two-time grade I winner Lookin At Lucky, Fabulous Strike (gr. II), and Papa Clem (gr. II). The 17-year-old son of Mr. Prospector stands at William S. FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky. His 2010 fee will be $75,000.-E.I.H.