Posts Tagged ‘Smart Strike’

Belmont Stakes 2012 Bloodlines: Optimizer

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.

Belmont Stakes 2012 logo
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.

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Belmont Stakes 2012 Bloodlines: Dullahan

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 Dullahan.

Dullahan

Can Dullahan win away from Keeneland? – photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Dullahan’s sire Even The Score raced 29 times from 2001-04. He won the G2 Mervyn LeRoy and G2 Californian before finishing 3rd in the G1 Hollywood Gold Cup to end his career in 2004. He banked more than $751k in his career. His current stud fee is $10k and in addition to Dullahan he is also responsible for multiple grade one winner Take The Points.

Even The Score’s sire Unbridled’s Song (by Unbridled) earned more than a cool million on the racetrack and was on the Triple Crown trail in 1996. The ’95 BC Juvenile hero won the G1 Florida Derby and G2 Wood Memorial before finishing 5th as the favorite in the ’96 Derby.  He is responsible for more than 90 stakes winners including Unrivaled Belle, Midshipman, and Mission Impazible.

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