English Channel

Smart Strike - Belva, by Theatrical (IRE)

Stud Fee: $30,000 LFSN

Biography

English Channel was a Champion Racehorse with lifetime earnings of $5.3 Million Dollars and 6 Grade 1 Wins including the Breeder’s Cup Turf.

With 8 crops of racing age, English Channel has produced proven runners on both the turf and dirt. English Channel is emerging as an important turf sire and represents good value to breeders. In 2018 he had 4 individual Grade 1 winners alone in Heart To Heart, Channel Maker, Voodoo Song, and Johnny Bear. He also is the sire of the 2014 Grade 1 Travers winner VE Day, Multiple Grade 1 winner The Pizza Man, the $3.05 million CECF Singapore Cup winner Parranda, the 2016 Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes Winner Al’s Gal, and the 2015 Grade 1 Northern Dancer winner Interpol. His career progeny earnings are over $39 million.

English Channel was among leading turf sires in 2018. With 8 crops of racing age, English Channel is the sire of 6 Champions, 5 Millionaires, 18 Graded Stakes Winners and 41 Blacktype Winners.

Highlights

Sire of G1 Travers winner VE DAY

Sire of G1 Arlington Million winner THE PIZZA MAN

Sire of G1 Northern Dancer winners INTERPOL and JOHNNY BEAR (2x)

Sire of G1 Maker’s 46 Mile & G1 Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes Winner HEART TO HEART

Sire of G1 Fourstardave VOODOO SONG

Sire of G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic CHANNEL MAKER

Among leading Turf Sires in 2018 with 4 individual Grade 1 Winners

Sire of 6 Champions, 5 Millionaires, 18 Graded Stakes Winners and 41 Blacktype Winners.

 

Sire Record

Crops of Racing Age:

8

Foals of Racing Age:

615

Number of Starters:

455

Number of Winners:

296

Number of Stakes Winners:

41

Total:

$39,311,287.00

Avg. Earnings/Starter:

$86,398.00

Notable Runners

Dirt

V.E. Day
1st G1 Travers (2014) defeating G1 winners Tonalist, Wicked Strong, Bayern
Career Earnings $1,044,061

Blueskiesnrainbows
1st G2 Swaps, San Pasqual (2014)
2nd Breeder’s Cup Marathon (2013)
3rd G1 Santa Anita Derby (2013)

While English Channel experiences great success on the turf, his pedigree carries proven dirt performance.

Smart Strike, the two-time leading sire of English Channel, was a multiple graded stakes winning racehorse on the dirt. Smart Strike has sired numerous successful dirt horses including Curlin, a 7 time Grade 1 winning dirt racehorse with earnings of over $10.5 million.

Turf

Voodoo Song
1st G1 Fourstardave
1st G3 Saranac Stakes
2nd G3 Commonwealth Derby
3rd G3 Poker Stakes

The Pizza Man
Multiple G1 Winner
Career Earnings $2,158,941

Heart to Heart
Sovereign Award 2014
Champion 3YO Colt
1st G1 Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes
1st G1 Maker’s 46 Mile
11 x Graded Stakes Winner

Parranda
G1 CECF Singapore Cup Winner
Multiple Graded Stakes Winner
Career Earnings $2,252,633

Interpol
G1 Northern Dancer Winner
Multiple Graded Stakes Winner

Al’s Gal
G1 E.P. Taylor Stakes Winner

Johnny Bear
2x G1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes Winner

Optimizer
Multiple Graded Stakes Winner

Skyring
Multiple Graded Stakes Winner

Channel Lady
Multiple Graded Stakes Winner

Potomac River
Multiple Graded Stakes Winner

Star Channel
Multiple Stakes Winner

Admiralty Pier
Stakes Winner 
Multiple Graded Stakes Placed

Channel Cat
1st Bald Eagle Derby
1st Dueling Grounds Derby

 

Race Records

Career Statistics

Starts:

23

1st:

13

2nd:

4

3rd:

1

Earnings:

$5,319,028

Earnings/Start:

$231,262

Highest Equibase Speed Figure:

126

Statistics By Year

Year Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
2007 7 4 2 0 $2,640,000
2006 7 4 0 1 $1,507,937
2005 8 4 2 0 $1,143,491
2004 1 1 0 0 $27,600

AT 2:

WON 1ST RACE OUT

AT 3:

1ST IN G3 VIGINIA DERBY,
1ST IN COLONIAL TURF CUP STAKES,
1ST WOODLAWN STAKES,
2ND G1 SECRETARIAT STAKES,
2ND IN G1 JOE HIRSCH TURF CLASSIC INVITATIONAL STAKES

AT 4:

1ST IN G1 WOODFORD RESERVE TURF CLASSIC,
1ST IN G1 UNITED NATIONS STAKES,
1ST IN G1 JOE HIRSCH TURF CLASSIC INVITATIONAL STAKES,
1ST IN CANADIAN TURF HANDICAP,
3RD IN G1 JOHN DEERE BREEDERS’ CUP TURF

AT 5:

1ST IN G1 UNITED NATIONS STAKES,
1ST IN G1 JOE HIRSCH TURF CLASSIC INVITATIONAL STAKES,
1ST IN G1 JOHN DEERE BREEDERS’ CUP TURF,
2ND IN G1 MANHATTAN HANDICAP,
2ND IN G1 SWORD DANCER INVITATIONAL STAKES