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Hot New Sires of 2013 - Square Eddie

Square Eddie
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
 
The Freshman Sire Square Eddie is the latest son of Smart Strike to make make headlines as a sire. The large flashy Chestnut is the leading first crop sire by earnings ($215.380) and has two winners, one stakes winner and one stakes placed runner from four starters.

Career:
Bred by Kinghaven Farms Limited in Canada, Square Eddie sold for $200K at the 2007 Keeneland September Yearling Sale to Kern/Lillingston Association for D. Gorden. He started his career in May of the following year in England and racked up a win and two places from four starts, including a runner-up position in the Sirenia Stakes over Polytrack.

After his stakes placing, Square Eddie was purchased by J. Paul Reddam and given to trainer Doug O'Neil for conditioning. The promising colt rewarded his connections with a win in the 1 1/16 mile Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (G-1) at Keeneland. Square Eddie was made the favorite for the 2008 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G-1) over the Santa Anita Pro-Ride. He battled on the rail and finished second to Midshipman, beaten 1 ¼ lengths.

The following year, Square Eddie placed in the San Rafael and Coolmore Lexington Stakes during his Triple Crown journey. However, the colt was withdrawn from Kentucky Derby contention due to sore shins. After taking the summer off, Square Eddie made four starts, failing to hit the board. Doug O'Neil brought the colt back to races in the fall of 2009, but he failed to hit the board. Square Eddie was retired for the 2010 breeding season.

Square Eddie's owner Paul Reddam supported the stallion with 32 mares in the stallion's first season at stud. Failing to attract outside interest, Square Eddie was sent back to the races in 2011. After setting a new track record of 1:13/11 for 6 ½ furlongs over the Santa Anita dirt in an allowance race, the stallion failed to hit the board in five subsequent starts. Square Eddie was retired for good at the end of 2011 to Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall, California. He currently stands for $5,000.

SQUARE EDDIE (Smart Strike – Forty Gran, by El Gran Senor)
Square_eddieRace record: 18-3-3-2 ($856,019)

Career Highlights:
1st - Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (G-1) 1 1/16 miles
2nd – Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G-1) 1 1/16 miles
2nd - San Rafael Stakes (G-2) 1 1/16 miles
2nd - Sirenia Stakes (Eng) 6F
3rd - Coolmore Lexington S. (G-3) 1 1/16 miles

 
Square Eddie is a large, flashy Chestnut who physically resembles two other sons of Smart Strike, Champions Curlin and English Channel.

Pedigree:
The Canadian-bred Smart Strike (Mr. Prospector – Classy n' Smart, by Smarten) won six of eight starts, including victories in the Salvador Mile (G-3) and Philip H. Iselin Handicap (G-1). He retied with an 8-6-1-0 ($337,376) record and was voted into Canada's Racing Hall of Fame in 2008. The son of Mr. Prospector counts three blue hens, Classy n' Smart, No Class and Classy Quillo as his first through third dams.

Smart_StrikeSmart Strike, already known as an excellent broodmare sire, is earning a reputation as a sire of sires, too. Square Eddie and Papa Clem are his latest sons to have babies on the track. Smart Strike's sons English Channel and Curlin are fairly young, but are proving to be excellent stallions in their own right. In only three racing crops English Channel has already sired a Champion and nine stakes winners. Curlin ranks #5 on the second-crop sire list.
 
Smart Strike himself has been among the leading twenty of sire lists since his offspring started racing in the early 2000's. To date, the phenomenal stallion has produced 12 champions, 50 graded stakes winners and 93 stakes winners from 14 crops of racing age. He's been designated as an Intermediate/Classic Chef-de-Race.

Square Eddie has a deceptively nice female family. His first four dams are blacktype runners and he is a half brother to three earners of blacktype. His dam Forty Gran (El Gran Senor – Forty Weight, by Quadratic) carved out a career as a turf horse in allowance and minor stakes races. She won half of her 16 starts, including a second in the Audubon Oaks at Turfway and third in Edgewood Stakes at Churchill. As a broodmare, Forty Gran bore nine foals of racing age. All except her unnamed 2011 foal by Candy Ride have raced and seven have visited the winner's circle. Forty Gran's daughters Reverently (by Pulpit), Dubai Media (by Songandaprayer) and Hoi An (by Successful Appeal) are stakes placed. The broodmare has an unnamed 2012 Unbridled's Song yearling filly and a 2013 Smart Strike filly, a full sister to Square Eddie, by her side.
 
Square Eddie Pedigree

 
Square Eddie's damsire El Gran Senor was a Champion Two Year Old in England and Ireland, Three Year Old Champion in England, and Champion Miler. He won from six furlongs to 1 1/2 miles, beating the best of his generation, including the great Sadler's Wells and Rainbow Quest, another top group winner.

A son of Northern Dancer, El Gran Senor carries the large heart factor received from his dam, the blue hen Sex Appeal. Given the race and produce record of Square Eddie's dam Forty Gran, it's entirely possible that El Gran Senor passed along the large heart gene to his daughter. Square Eddie is her most accomplished foal, and she may have passed the gene along to him.

Smart Eddie has Rasmussen Factor inbreeding (inbred to a blue hen within five generations) to Smartaire, the dam of Smarten (Smart Strike's damsire) and Quadratic (the second damsire of Smart Eddie).

How to bet his offspring:
Square Eddie had only 32 foals in his first crop. Only four of Smart Eddie's offspring (three yearlings, one two year old) went through the sales ring, bringing between $1,000 and $32,000. So far, four of his offspring, all fillies, have raced. All have competed over either Cushion Track or Polytrack. This is no surprise, since Square Eddie was a superior competitor over the Polytrack. His sire Smart Strike is a leading sire of synthetic track runners. When Square Eddie's offspring show up in the entries at Del Mar and later this year at Keeneland, or even Arlington, Turfway and Woodbine, they should be an automatic include in your bets.

Square Eddie won once over dirt. He carries dirt attributes through his sire Smart Strike and second damsire Quadratic. Smart Strike is a superior off track sire. His son Curlin is above average, while the turf oriented English Channel is a poor mud sire. Square Eddie may be an average mud sire, but a wait and see approach would be prudent, as each individual baby may be different in this aspect.

Keep an eye on the Square Eddie progeny on the lawn. He won over turf and has strong turf breeding through his damsire, the Champion El Gran Senor. Additionally, his dam is stakes placed over the lawn. Bet his babies with confidence over the green.

Outlook:
SproutsSmart Eddie is very well bred and so far, is passing along his superior genes to his offspring. He's currently the leading freshman sire in the nation. His daughters Sprouts and Eddies Curl completed the exacta in the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Stakes and Sprouts also won the Cinderella. Another daughter, Smoove It won over the Hollywood Cushion Track. Smoove It was also entered in the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Stakes and might have completed a Square Eddie trifecta, except she was scratched.

Smart Eddie's offspring are superior synthetic runners and should also do well over the turf. He dirt progeny may do well if the individual's distaff line is primarily dirt. Take them on a one-on-one basis for mud. Smart Eddie won up to 8.5 furlongs, but his offspring should handle 1 1/8 miles and many may want to go farther, depending on the particulars of the individual distaff lines. His offspring hit the track running in mid-May and should improve with age.

 

What the Nation is saying about Hot New Sires of 2013 - Square Eddie...

note: *play the odds* refers to owning as well as gambling and Horse=individual.
Thanks for responding >> Have a good night
I made a two year deep entrenched study of all the major breeding theories and came to the conclusoin I hold to day: IT is all randomness
Nor nurture?
many attibutes belong to the individual and have nothing to do with genes
Cool Northport, is your friend as into the sport as you? << Travel_vic >> Not specifically addressing mudders here {“I’m a Believer”--by the original contrived boyband}, but in discussions of the value of pedigree in the Thoroughbred, you often point out that the environment and upbringing {nurture} could be more significant than the genetics {nature}. Since we know the mother, the breeder, the sales history (some research required), the owner or owners and the eventual trainer of each entrant as printed in the PP’s, is it really that absurd to think that said *nurture knowledge*, while not totally complete, coupled with the genetic possibilities, would give a viable clue to the potential results? After all, little in this game is certain and we can only play the odds. As always, in the end, it’s the Horse.
my friend's family owns kinghaven, I had no idea that they bred square eddie!
Imagine ANY of us, raised away from parental example, who would then gain ANY particular likes and dislikes the would truly be genetic? Reacing big time
gebetics create mudders? Think how dumb that is,,,,aking to saying my mom like bannanas and OF COURSE so will I...Nuture would be more responsible that gentics
These 4 folks ^^ really know their stuff >> Laurie’s website @ironmaidensthoroughbreds is excellent >>Only see David9999 commenting on this blog, would wish to see more but maybe he’s not a mudder :) >> Hope that’s the only thing keeping Buckpasser in the barn.
I agree with DAVIDM9999. Smart Strike can help produce runners on any surface and at a variety of distances. He had Curlin and English Channel, runners of classic distances, (one on dirt and one on turf) as well as Fabulous Strike, a sprinter, all on the track during the same time frame. A note to the blog writer--Curlin is #3 on the second crop sire list, and has been for weeks. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/thoroughbred-breeding/sire-lists/second-crop
Most of his first crop were bred by Reddam using his own mares. He had a small first few crops, so that's why so few of them went through the sales ring.
I love anything with Smart Strike in the pedigree. Turf, dirt, synthetic they just run. Square Eddie is interesting indeed. I wonder why so few of his babies went through the sales ring.

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I've been around horses for most of my life, working in racing stables as a hot walker and exercise rider in my teenage years, and later as a volunteer with rescued and retired racehorses. I became interested in pedigree when the sons and daughters of my favorite horses started their racing careers.   

 

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