(1992 – 2015)
March 25, 2015 (Versailles, KY): Two-time Champion sire in North America, Smart Strike was euthanized on Wednesday, succumbing to a case of laminitis. Smart Strike had a magnificent career at stud siring 112 stakes winners, 12 Champions, 4 Breeders’ Cup winners and 2 Classic winners. Smart Strike had been doing incredibly well for his age but recently took a turn for the worse.
“We are very saddened by the loss of Smart Strike.” said William S. Farish, owner of Lane’s End Farm. “He has been one of our flagship stallions for many years. He was an exceptional sire and his influence on the breed will be felt for a long time. I want to thank Sam Son Farm for entrusting us with his stallion career as well as the other shareholders and breeders that have supported him.”
Smart Strike was bred and raced by Sam-Son Farm and was a multiple graded stakes winner. The highlight of his racing career was at Monmouth Park when he won the Grade 1 Philip H. Iselin Handicap by 2 ¼ lengths.
The son of the Champion sire, Mr. Prospector, and out of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame mare Classy ‘n Smart, Smart Strike stud career ranks among the sports best on the track and in the sales ring. Retired to stud in 1997, he is credited with over $118 million in progeny earnings, including two-time Horse of the Year and leading sire Curlin. His offspring also include notable names such as English Channel, Lookin at Lucky, My Miss Aurelia, etc. Smart Strike was 23 and will be buried at Lane’s End Farm.