English Channel

Smart Strike - Belva, by Theatrical (IRE)

Stud Fee: $25,000 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 6 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. He 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 $25 million.

English Channel is among leading turf sires in 2016. With 6 crops of racing age, English Channel is the sire of 3 Champions, 3 Millionaires, 11 Graded Stakes Winners and 25 Blacktype Winners.

Highlights

Sire of G1 Travers winner VE DAY (2014)

Sire of G1 Arlington Million winner The Pizza Man

Sire of G1 Northern Dancer winner Interpol

2015 Yearlings sell for $260k, $180k, $175k, $170k

Among leading Turf Sires in 2016

Sire of 3 Champions, 3 Millionaires, 11 Graded Stakes Winners and 25 Blacktype Winners.

 

Sire Record

Crops of Racing Age:

6

Foals of Racing Age:

444

Number of Starters:

295

Number of Winners:

184

Number of Stakes Winners:

24

Total:

$25,029,962

Avg. Earnings/Starter:

$79,460

Notable Runners

Dirt

V.E. Day
1st G1 Travers (2014) defeating G1 winners Tonalist, Wicked Strong, Bayern
Career Earnings $1,030,010

Strait of Dover
Multiple Stakes Winner
Sovereign Award 2012:
Champion 3 YO Colt

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

Hon de Leon
Graded Stakes Placed

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

The Pizza Man
Multiple G1 Winner
Career Earnings $2,117,371

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

Heart to Heart
Sovereign Award 2014:
Champion 3YO Colt
7x Graded 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

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