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Smart Strike is the stallion of the week, for the week ended Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. That's the day his newly turned son Lookin at Lucky, the unlucky G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile loser, was crowned the champion 2-year-old colt in the US at the annual Eclipse Awards ceremony.

The 18-year-old Smart Strike began his career at $30,000 live foal, was as high as $125,000 in 2009, and has settled at $75,000 for 2010, which in context is a bargain as he was the leading sire in 2007 and 2008 and leading sire by US earnings in 2009.

He has sired a total of 70 SWs, which represents a standout 9 percent SWs from foals at a time when 5 percent is considered good. He went to stud for a $30,000 fee and high expectations but his sales horses were not that well received early on and he endured some spotty years in the sales arena until his runners hit the track. And that’s what Smart Strike has built his considerable reputation on: Racehorse sire. His colts are especially good, and he can get you a champion 2-year-old like Lookin at Lucky, a classic-winning 3-year-old or champion older horse like Curlin, a top grass horse like English Channel, or top sprinters like Fabulous Find and Soaring Free! Interestingly, while Smart Strike’s 62 unrestricted SWs are divided equally between fillies (31) and colts (31), 7 of his 8 G1 winners are colts.

By Mr. Prospector from Classy 'n Smart, by Smarten, Smart Strike won 6 races from 8 starts, including the G1 Philip H. Iselin Handicap at 1 1/16 miles. His half-sister is the champion Danzig mare and Canadian great Dance Smartly.

It's ironic that at this late a stage in the stallion's career, he still doesn't get the full respect he deserves in the sales ring. Take a look at the yearling sales prices of his last two champions: Curlin only made $57,000 as a yearling and Lookin at Lucky was bought back at $35,000.

--eMatings staff

DAVID BAY (AUSTRALIA)

DAVID BAY (born 1952) has owned horses since he was a teenager, trained as a journalist and worked as a reporter and editor on major Australian newspapers before becoming chief executive of Australian Bloodhorse Breeders' Association (now Thoroughbred Breeders Australia) for several years. More info...

EMMA BERRY

EMMA BERRY (UK) is the bloodstock editor of Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder magazine and European correspondent for Inside Racing in Australia. She has previously worked as deputy editor of Pacemaker and deputy editor/racing editor of Horse & Hound. She does matings in Europe only. More info...

SID FERNANDO

SID FERNANDO, a 1982 graduate of Vassar college, is a prominent racing and breeding writer and is president of eMatings LLC and Werk Thoroughbred Consultants, Inc. (eNicks.com). He has been a private pedigree consultant to a select group of international breeders and owners for the last decade. More info...

ROBERT D. FIERRO

ROBERT D. FIERRO is managing director of DataTrack International, a firm that helps clients breed, and select, thoroughbred racing and bloodstock prospects utilizing pedigree analysis and several long-established biomechanical programs. With his partner, Jay Kilgore, he devised BreezeFigs™... More info...

FRANCES J. KARON

FRANCES J. KARON is the acclaimed editor and a writer for the quarterly publications North American Trainer and Trainer magazines and one of the familiar faces at the Four Star Sales agency. Among the horses whose matings Frances has recommended are Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Cajun Beat and Grade 2 winners Fire Slam and Irguns Angel More info...

KRISTEN MANNING (AUSTRALIA)

KRISTEN MANNING is a freelance pedigree analyst and racing journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Working for various publications such as Bluebloods, Owner Breeder and Racetrack Magazine, she has been studying pedigrees for two decades... More info...

KAREL MIEDEMA (SOUTH AFRICA)

Of Dutch extraction, KAREL MIEDEMA was born in 1946 and emigrated from UK to South Africa in 1976. A life-long obsession with racing developed into a deep interest in breeding and pedigrees during the 1980s. His pedigree insight focuses on genetic sibling inbreeding... More info...

DIEGO MITAGSTEIN (ARGENTINA)

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FRANK MITCHELL

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MAJOR SRINIVAS NARGOLKAR (INDIA)

MAJOR SRINIVAS NARGOLKAR was born 1943 in Mumbai, India, and educated at St. Xavier's High School and College, Mumbai. He joined the Army and was commissioned in the Regiment of Artillery. He was sent on deputation to Nigeria and took active part in two wars. The Major took premature retirement in 1987 and joined the Stud Book Authority of India... More info...

STEVEN A. ROMAN, PH.D

STEVEN A. ROMAN, Ph.D, was born in 1943 in New York City and is currently a resident of Costa Rica. He is the author of Dosage: Pedigree and Performance, published by the Russell Meerdink Co., in 2003... More info...

VICTOR SHEAHAN (IRELAND)

VICTOR SHEAHAN is a cost accountant and pedigree analyst. His work as a pedigree analyst is strongly influenced by his costing background. In assessing stallions he focuses on value for money and return on investment. Due to the statistical nature of his analysis he rarely recommends stallions yet to have runners. More info...

LAUREN STICH

LAUREN STICH has long been considered the dean of pedigree handicapping. Stich has parlayed a series of racing-related jobs beginning in her teenage years in New York City, starting with The Morning Telegraph in 1970, where she received a priceless education under the legendary racing journalists Charles Hatton, Evan Shipman and Joe Hirsch... More info...

CLIVE WEBB-CARTER (UK)

CLIVE WEBB-CARTER has been involved in the thoroughbred bloodstock industry for about twenty years. Clive has gained international experience on a number of leading stud farms, including Fayette Park in New Zealand; Side Hill Stud, Newmarket . . . More info...