Two-time leading sire SMART STRIKE had another brilliant season in 2011. He finished second by earnings on the General Sire List, was second in the nation by graded winners (9), and was second by stakes wins (23).

SMART STRIKE was the leading sire in the nation by turf earnings, and was the sixth-ranked active Kentucky sire by all-weather earnings. On the Average Earnings Index list, his very strong 2.46 figure (off a Comparable Index of 2.07) led all active sires but one, and put him a head of Tapit, Medaglia d’Oro, Distorted Humor, Dynaformer, etc.

SMART STRIKE was also ranked second in the nation on the Leading 2-Year-Old Sires list, missing the top spot by a scant $906.

SMART STRIKE’s runners included the pro-tem Champion 2-Year-Old Filly My Miss Aurelia, who won the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and G1 Frizette S. for owners Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton. She also annexed the G2 Adirondack S. in an undefeated season. My Miss Aurelia is SMART STRIKE’s fourth Breeders’ Cup winner.

The mare Never Retreat was in her best form at the age of 6 in 2011. Her wins included the G1 First Lady S., plus a further trio of Grade 2 wins and a Grade 3 victory. She was recently retired with 11 wins in 32 starts and earnings of nearly $1.3 million.

SMART STRIKE also sired the standout 3-year-old colt Dominus, winner of the G2 Dwyer S., as well as the graded winners Smart Bid (G2), Air Support (G2), Denomination (G3), Salty Strike (G3), Smart Sting (G3), Hit it Rich (G3), etc.

Not surpassingly, demand was high for SMART STRIKE yearlings this past fall. Individuals sold for $400,000, $300,000, $270,000, $250,000, $240,000, $215,000, etc.

At the bloodstock sales, not one but two SMART STRIKE weanlings realized seven figures. Besilu Stables went to $1.6 million for a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup winner Royal Delta, while George Bolton paid $1 million for a daughter of MG1SW Raging Fever who sold from the Lane’s End-handled dispersal of Ned Evans’s Spring Hill Farm.

Six mares selling in foal to SMART STRIKE in 2011 averaged a whopping $607,142. They included the $2 million Malibu Prayer, Evans’s Grade 1-winning star distaffer, as well as the Evans-offered $900,000 Wild Poppy (El Prado {Ire}), a half-sister to Surfside who was hammered down to Denali Stud, agent. Juveniles in training by SMART STRIKE sold for up to $400,000.

SMART STRIKE – One of the world’s best at a fee of $85,000 in 2012. Needless to say, he booked up very early so give some of his sons a try: CURLIN and ENGLISH CHANNEL!

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