Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I)
(gr. I , 8.5f ,)
Smart Strike Forty Gran , by El Gran Senor
BKinghaven Farms Limited, ON.; OJ. Paul Reddam; TJohn R. Best
Sky Mesa Minery , by Forty Niner
BAdele B. Dilschneider, KY.; OAdele B. Dilschneider; TAlbert M. Stall, Jr.
Pioneerof the Nile
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Empire Maker Star of Goshen , by Lord At War (ARG)
BZayat Stables, LLC, KY.; OZayat Stables, LLC; TWilliam I. Mott
Margins: 4¾, 3¼, ½. Others: Deposer (IRE) 121($25,000) , Majestic Blue 121($15,000) , His Greatness 121 , Zion 121 , Flashmans Papers (GB) 121 , Advice 121 , Reynaldothewizard 121 , Notonthesamepage 121 . Winning Jockey, Rafael Bejarano.
Square Eddie made his return home a victorious one as he easily defeated Terrain by 43Ú4 lengths in the 11Ú16-mile LaneÕs End BreedersÕ Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 4. Although the 2-year-old Smart Strike colt was bred in North America, he began racing in England and did not return to his home continent until three days before the race.
Trained by John Best, Square Eddie broke his maiden July 22 and followed that performance with a close second-place finish in the Sept. 6 Toteswinger Sirenia Stakes (Eng-III). He was then sold privately to J. Paul Reddam and is being transferred to Doug OÕNeillÕs barn.
ÒEnglish racing is a little different style than what we have in America,Ó Reddam said. ÒIn his last race, he really showed a lot of courage coming to the wire. I thought, really on pedigree, he could go farther. We thought he would be good in American racing.Ó
Reddam also won the 2006 BreedersÕ Futurity with Great Hunter. Square Eddie is now being pointed toward the Oct. 25 Bessemer Trust BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile (gr. I), which Reddam (in partnership) won in 2004 with Wilko. Like Square Eddie, the Awesome Again colt also began his career in England.
Kinghaven Farms bred Square Eddie in Ontario, Canada. As a yearling, he was sold to Kern/Lillingston Association, agent, for $200,000 during the Keeneland September sale by Brookdale Sales, agent.
Square Eddie is out of the stakes-placed El Gran Senor mare Forty Gran, who is also the dam of the stakes-placed Pulpit filly Reverently.
Forty Gran has a yearling filly by Songandaprayer and delivered a Successful Appeal filly in April. Her yearling was sold to Blandford Bloodstock for $250,000 at the recent Keeneland September sale by Anderson Farms, agent for Kinghaven Farms. The 11-year-old mare has been bred to Corinthian.
Smart Strike is the sire of 56 stakes winners including additional 2008 added-money winners Curlin (gr. I), Communique (gr. IIIT), Fabulous Strike, Cenzontle, Bluehard, Mulmur, and Tungsten Strike (in England). The 16-year-old son of Mr. Prospector stood the 2008 season at LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $150,000.ÑA.H.D.