Smart Strike Firster Becomes Newest ‘Rising Star’

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4th at FG , $38kMsw (5 1/2f)Winner: Smart Response, f, 3 by Smart Strike

The late Smart Strike | Lane’s End photo

Breeze Easy LLC’s Smart Response (Smart Strike) was pounded at the windows into 9-5 favoritism for this racetrack debut and the expensive breeze-up purchase ran to the money in a performance worthy of the ‘TDN Rising Star’ designation Friday afternoon at the Fair Grounds. Drawn gate two for the in-form Adam Beschizza, the compact chestnut jumped straight into the bridle and led them along through a fast opening quarter in :22.15. Shaken up vigorously in upper stretch, she continued to sprint away from her rivals into the final eighth of a mile and cruised under the line four lengths to the good of longshot firster Flat Meadow (War Chant). A $275,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling purchase, she worked an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5 and was hammered down for $525,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale, the most expensive of her late sire’s eight juveniles to sell from his penultimate crop in 2017. Smart Strike died in 2015 and is represented by four 2-year-olds from his final crop. Smart Response is a daughter of Salty Response, who graduated sprinting on Polytrack, cleared her first allowance condition going long on the turf and whose best career speed figure came in a five-length romp in the 2008 Lady’s Secret S. at Monmouth Park. Smart Response’s second dam Lake Huron (Salt Lake) was responsible for two-time Grade III winner Salty Strike (Smart Strike). Salty Response is the dam of a yearling filly of this year by Declaration of War.

4th-FG, $38,000, Msw, 2-9, 3yo, f, 5 1/2fT, 1:04.21, fm.
SMART RESPONSE, f, 3, by Smart Strike
1st Dam: Salty Response (SW, $132,515), by Cozzene
2nd Dam: Lake Huron, by Salt Lake
3rd Dam: My Rainbow, by Lyphard
Sales history: $275,000 Ylg ’16 FTSAUG; $525,000 2yo ’17 EASMAY. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $22,800. Click for the Equibase.com chart. Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
O-Breeze Easy LLC; B-Craig B Singer (KY); T-Joe Sharp. 

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