Smart Strike, sire of Curlin, succumbs to laminitis

April 23, 2015


Smart Strike, two-time champion sire in North America, succumbed to laminitis March 25, 2015. He was 23.

The stallion, a 16-2 hand bay with a star, was foaled in 1992.

He was buried at Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky, where he stood.

The farm did not release the cause of the laminitis, but visitors in January 2015 noted that his feet were in casts.

The stallion was by Mr. Prospector out of the Canadian Hall of Famer Classy ‘n Smart.

Smart Strike was bred and raced by Ontario-based Sam-Son Farm. He won six of eight starts, including the Grade 1 Philip H. Iselin Handicap by 2 1/4 lengths at Monmouth Park as a 4-year-old. His career earnings totaled $337,376.

He retired to stud in 1997, siring 112 stakes winners, 12 champions, four Breeders’ Cup winners and two classic winners. He produced 1,523 foals in all. His progeny earned more than $118 million. They include two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, Lookin at Lucky, My Miss Aurelia and English Channel.

Smart Strike shared a Lane’s End stud barn with son Curlin, and his 2015 stud fee was $100,000.

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