Smarten, whose offspring earned $26,850,828, dead at age 27

April 02, 2003|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Smarten, the sire of one champion and four Grade I winners, died Monday at Northview Stallion Station near Chesapeake City in Cecil County. He was 27.

One of Maryland's top stallions for two decades, Smarten was euthanized after an intestinal blockage did not respond to treatment. During 19 years at stud at Windfields Farm and its successor, Northview Stallion Station, Smarten sired 49 stakes winners and 391 winners. His progeny earned $26,850,828 through Monday.

Bred in Maryland by Eleanor and Jim Ryan's Ryehill farm, Smarten won 11 of 27 races as a trainee for the legendary Woody Stephens. Although Stephens tried to avoid running Smarten against Spectacular Bid, born the same year (1976), Smarten managed to earn $716,426 and win four derbies in 1979 - Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio and American. He set a track record in the Ohio Derby at Thistledown.

Entering stud the next year at Windfields, Smarten sired the filly Classy 'n Smart, who became Canada's champion 3-year-old filly and Canadian Broodmare of the Year in 1991.

Smarten also sired Grade I winners Dance Teacher, Prenup, Smart n Slick and Southern Arrow (in Italy). Smarten's top money-earner was Smart Alec, who bankrolled $629,998 while winning 16 of 60 races, including eight stakes victories.

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