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Smart Strike/Wild Again Nick Moving Fast

Unbeaten filly Stopshoppingdebbie, a daughter of Curlin (TrueNicks,SRO), will try to become the first horse to sweep the Emerald Downs 3-year-old filly stakes division in tomorrow's Washington Oaks. She's bred on the emerging nick of Smart Strike (TrueNicks,SRO) and his sons over Wild Again mares.

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Stopshoppingdebbie (right) wins the July 14 Kent Handicap.

Smart Strike is the sire of Stopshoppingdebbie's stakes-winning half sister Smarty Deb, and Smart Strike has two more stakes winners—including grade II winner Strike Softly—out of the Wild Again mare Wilderness Hush, a close relative of Sam-Son's Canadian champion mare Wilderness Song.

Last week, young Smart Strike stallion Papa Clem (TrueNicks,SRO) got his first winner, Hirschy, out of a mare by Wild Again. Hirschy was a $52,000 yearling, an impressive sum considering his sire's $6,500 stud fee.

The cross now has 11 winners from 12 starters (92%), and four of those (33%) are stakes winners. Click here to see the TrueNicks report.

The affinity of these bloodlines is further confirmed by Smart Strike's close relative Dance Brightly—by Mr. Prospector out of Smart Strike's half sister Dance Smartly—who sired five winners from five starters out of Wild Again mares, including Gamely Handicap (gr. IT) winner Mea Domina.

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Wild Again was an unusual stallion in that his pedigree (particularly the distaff side) was so much older than a lot of contemporary sires (and now broodmare sires). As a result, most strains that are close up in his pedigree are now part of the warp and weft of the breed in general (this may be one reason why Wild Again became so famous for siring stakes winners out of a remarkable range of different broodmare sires).

Wild Again was by a grandson of Nearco (Icecapade, 3/4 relative to Northern Dancer) out of a mare by Khaled (by Hyperion). Oddly enough, both his grandsire and his dam are Nearco/Hyperion or Hyperion/Nearco crosses. His granddam, Dama II, is a close relative to Nasrullah.

Smart Strike's second dam, No Class, is a Hyperion/Nearco cross. His third dam, Classy Quillo, is by Outing Class (by Nasrullah, and also a Nearco/Khaled cross), and if you look at Wild Again/Classy Quillo as a hypothetical mating you'll see that nine of the 16 individuals in the fourth generation of Wild Again are in the pedigree of Classy Quillo (along with the closely related Dama II/Nasrullah who are in the second generations of the respective horses). Smart Strike is out of a mare by Smarten, and where Wild Again has a double of the Nearco (Pharos)/Hyperion combination, Smarten's dam is Fairway (brother to Pharos)/Hyperion.

Alan Porter 09 Aug 2013 10:46 AM

So could I expect similar results with the reverse? A mare with Smart Strike and Regal Classic 2x2 bred to Offlee Wild? My Mare is Classy N Trouble 2009.

Trouble 09 Aug 2013 12:37 PM


There's not much data yet on Wild Again/Smart Strike (Smart Strike still a young broodmare sire), but it would be an interesting mating on the basis of the reverse cross. Offlee Wild has a good record with Mr. Prospector line mares (TrueNicks "A"), and Wild Again sons overall have 6% SW from starters out of mares carrying Vice Regent within three generations.

Ian Tapp 09 Aug 2013 1:31 PM


As a footnote, today (Saturday), the Ta Wee Stakes at Gulfstream Park was won by Millennia, by Milwaukee Brew (by Wild Again) out of a mare by Regal Classic (half-brother to the dam of Smart Strike), so having several of the elements mentioned above.

Alan Porter 10 Aug 2013 6:56 PM

Stopshoppingdebbie did it again winning the Washington Oaks Saturday to remain a perfect 5 for 5. She has used a different running style in each race, this time dropping back and making a big run at the top of the stretch to win by 3.

Cathy In Washington 11 Aug 2013 9:46 AM

The updates keep on coming. On Sunday, Hirschy, the 2-year-old mentioned above from the first crop of the Smart Strike horse Papa Clem, out of a Wild Again mare, won the Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes at Santa Rosa.

Alan Porter 11 Aug 2013 9:41 PM

I have been reading the posts on the nicking of "Wild Again" and find it very interesting.

I have a mare "Cry Like Crazy" by "Wild Syn" by "Wild Again"  mare who is "Diabolo" bred on the dams side.   I am looking to breed to a "Wild Again" stud.  I am curious as to what the thoughts are on that cross as I have been watching the auctions and not seen a similar cross.

Lora in Oklahoma 23 Feb 2014 11:40 AM

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