Archive for June 4th, 2012
Which horse has the best pedigree to handle twelve furlongs in the final leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday, June 9 at Belmont Park? My Belmont Stakes alphabetical list continues with Optimizer.
Optimizer’s sire English Channel (by Smart Strike) won 13 of 23 races from 2004-07. The turf marathon specialist won such prestigious races as the G1 Secretariat, G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, G1 United Nations, and G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf. He earned more than $5.3 million in his career and in addition to Optimizer he is the sire of stakes winners Skyring, Strait of Dover, and Star Channel. His currently stands for a $25k stud fee at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky.
English Channel’s sire Smart Strike (by Mr. Prospector) went 6-for-8 in 1995-96 including wins in Monmouth’s G3 Salvator Mile and G1 Iselin. He has sired many stakes winners including Curlin (2nd Belmont Stakes), Lookin At Lucky, and My Miss Aurelia.