SMART STRIKE, twice the leading sire in the nation, once again sits atop the General Earnings List. The sire of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and dual champion Lookin at Lucky can boast a trio of Grade 2 winners in July, and has six graded winners overall in 2011. He recently accounted for his second winner of the lucrative Virginia Derby, run this year as a Grade II event for $600,000. It was the Stuart S. Janney III homebred Air Support who followed in the hoofsteps of our own brilliant champion ENGLISH CHANNEL, gamely staving off the well-regarded Banned to annex the 2011 renewal by a neck. Air Support had previously won the G3 Transylvania S. and G3 Pilgrim S.

SMART STRIKE’s daughter Never Retreat collected her third graded victory of the year in the G2 Dance Smartly S. at Woodbine July 10, completing a hat trick that included the G2 Jenny Wiley S. at Keeneland and the G3 Honey Fox S. at Gulfstream.

Among SMART STRIKE’s 3-year-olds, Dominus set himself up for a big second half of the year with a victory in Belmont’s G2 Dwyer S. July 2. Bred by Ned Evans and owned by George Bolton, Stonestreet Farm and Spendthrift Farm, Dominus was winning his first graded race in four career starts and earned a 101 BRIS fig for his exertions. Last weekend he was third in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy S.

SMART STRIKE’s 2011 runners also include the G2 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial H. winner Smart Bid, who has now earned in excess of $750,000; the promising 3-year-old filly Salty Strike, heroine of the G3 Dogwood S. at Churchill; and Denomination, victress of the G3 Violet S. at Monmouth. SMART STRIKE is the co-second-leading sire in the nation by graded winners and is the country’s leading turf sire.

Keep an eye out for SMART STRIKE’s yearlings at the sales – they should be more popular than ever!

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