Nineteen-year-old champion and top stallion Smoke Glacken has been pensioned due to declining fertility and the effects of advancing age, Gainesway announced Nov. 1.
"After winning a championship on the racetrack Smoke Glacken proved himself at stud, siring fast and durable horses who were always competitive at whatever level they were racing," said Gainesway president Antony Beck. "He has been an asset to Gainesway and his participation in our stallion program will be missed."
On the racetrack, Smoke Glacken won the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), Sapling Stakes (gr. II), and Tyro Stakes at 2, and went on to become champion sprinter at 3, after winning six stakes, including the Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash Stakes (gr. II), Riva Ridge Stakes (gr. III), Southwest Stakes (gr. III), and Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III).
Bred by Perry M. Rosebrock in Maryland, Smoke Glacken was trained by Henry Carroll and campaigned by Alex Karkenny, William Roberts, and Robert Levy. The gray/roan son of Two Punch—Majesty's Crown, by Magesterial, retired with a career record of 10 wins, two seconds, and one third from 14 starts and total earnings of $759,560.
The offspring sired by Smoke Glacken frequently emulated their speedy sire. He currently has sired 15 crops (with his 16th crop expected in 2014), and has sired 54 black-type winners, including 16 graded black-type winners, among them On Fire Baby (gr. I, 2013; $751,974), Delaunay (gr. II, 2013; $848,486), Smok'n Frolic (six graded stakes wins, $1,534,720), and Persistently (gr. I, $526,256).
Smoke Glacken has currently sired 790 foals of racing age from 13 crops to race, with current gross progeny earnings in excess of $48.3 million. He will remain a pensioner at Gainesway.