SMART STRIKE has sired some outstanding performers in New York in recent years–CURLIN, ENGLISH CHANNEL and Fabulous Strike come to mind–and got another on the weekend of Apr. 6 when his 5yo son Swagger Jack won the G1 Carter H. at Aqueduct. Bred by Ned Evans and sold by Lane’s End for $280,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September Sale, Swagger Jack stopped the clock in a brisk 1:21 2/5 (105 Beyer). He is owned by Silverton Hill and trained by Marty Wolfson.
On the same day, SMART STRIKE’s 3yo filly Scarlet Strike earned a well-deserved first graded success with a popular tally in the G3 Providencia S. going nine furlongs over Santa Anita’s lawn. The half-sister to G1SW Visionaire, bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, is owned by John Carver, Jerry Hollendorfer and Green Smith. Impressively, it was Scarlet Strike’s seventh stakes performance in 10 lifetime starts. She has placed in the G1 Chandelier S., G1 Hollywood Starlet S. and G1 Las Virgenes S.
In Florida, SMART STRIKE’s 4yo filly Centre Court made a successful return to the races in the G2 Honey Fox S. at Gulfstream. Beating a very good field, Centre Court was making her first start since winning the G2 Mrs. Revere S. at Churchill last fall. In 2012, she also won the G2 Lake George S. at Saratoga, the G3 Regret S. at Churchill, and placed in the G1 QEII Challenge Cup at Keeneland. Centre Court was bred by the G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and Louise Ireland Humphrey Revocable Trust, and is owned by G. Watts Humphrey Jr. Rusty Arnold trains Centre Court.
SMART STRIKE’s further 2013 stakes performers include the 3yo Dynamic Strike, winner of Laurel’s Miracle Wood S., and the brilliant champion My Miss Aurelia, who took the first steps on her 4yo campaign with a third in the G3 Azeri S. at Oaklawn.
On the sales scene, no juvenile-in-training has sold for more money in 2013 than the $1.8 million that Stonestreet paid for a striking grey son of SMART STRIKE at the OBS March Sale. Consigned by King’s Equine, the colt was bred by Ned Evans and was produced by the Pulpit mare Mini Sermon. At Fasig-Tipton Florida, Nat Rea’s Regis Farm went to $700,000 for a filly by SMART STRIKE out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Music Room, while Katsumi Yoshida paid $300,000 for a colt from the Rahy mare Tejida at the same sale.
Two-time leading sire SMART STRIKE – the best keeps getting better.