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Dance Smartly

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Dance Smartly (Barbara D. Livingston photo)
Dance Smartly
Induction Year: 
2003
Foaled: 
1988
Breeder: 
Sam-Son Farm
Owner: 
Sam-Son Farm
Trainer: 
James E. Day
Sire: 
Danzig
Dam: 
Classy 'N Smart
Damsire: 
Smarten
Career Years: 
1990-1992
Starts: 
17
First: 
12
Second: 
2
Third: 
3
Earnings: 
$3,263,835.00

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Bio

Dance Smartly was the second filly to win the Canadian Triple Crown and the first Canadian-bred horse to win a Breeders’ Cup race.

 

A bay daughter of Danzig out of the Smarten mare Classy ’N Smart, Dance Smartly was bred in Ontario by Ernie Samuel’s Sam-Son Farm and trained by James E. Day.

 

“She was one of the best and probably the most versatile horses in Canadian racing history,” Day said.

 

Dance Smartly was a Canadian champion when she won three of five starts as a 2-year-old in 1990, including the Natalma Stakes, before her undefeated 3-year-old campaign in 1991.

 

With Pat Day as her jockey, Dance Smartly won the 1¼-mile Queen’s Plate by eight lengths on dirt, the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales Stakes by two lengths on dirt and the 1½-mile Breeders’ Stakes on grass by eight lengths. It was the first time since Queensway in 1932 that a filly won the Canadian Triple Crown.

 

Dance Smartly added victories in the Canadian Oaks and Molson Export Million that year and concluded her season by winning the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs (defeating older champion Queena, as well as Versailles Treaty and Brought to Mind). As a result of winning all eight of her starts in 1991, Dance Smartly won two Sovereign awards, including Canada’s Horse of the Year, as well as the Eclipse Award for Outstanding 3-Year-Old Filly.

 

As a 4-year-old in 1992, Dance Smartly won the Canadian Maturity, again defeating males, before being retired with a career record of 12-2-3 from 17 starts and earnings of $3,263,835, a record for a fillies and mares at the time.

 

Dance Smartly died Aug. 17, 2007 at the age of 19 at Sam-Son Farm. 

 

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