Champion Sprinter Smoke Glacken Dies At 22

by | 04.25.2016 | 1:52pm
G1 winner On Fire Baby was one of the many top performers sired by Smoke Glacken

Gainesway today announced the passing of 1997 Eclipse champion sprinter and successful sire Smoke Glacken. The 22-year-old gray son of Two Punch was humanely euthanized April 21 because of the infirmities of old age. Smoke Glacken had been pensioned from stud duty since 2013 and continued to receive full daily care at Gainesway's stallion division until his death.

Bred in Maryland by Perry M. Rosebrock from the Magesterial mare Majesty's Crown, Smoke Glacken was a $65,000 purchase out of the 1996 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale by trainer Henry Carroll, agent. Carroll would train the colt for owners Alex Karkenny, William Roberts, and Robert Levy.

Smoke Glacken provided an immediate return on his purchase price. The colt swept Monmouth Park's pair of juvenile features—the Tyro Stakes and Sapling Stakes (G2)—before shipping to Saratoga Race Course, where he dominated the prestigious Hopeful Stakes (G1) by nine lengths.

At 3, Smoke Glacken won six of eight starts, including the Southwest Stakes (G3), Riva Ridge Stakes (G3), and Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup (G3) against fellow 3-year-olds, and the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G2), where Smoke Glacken defeated older horses and confirmed his reputation as the fastest horse in North America. He was later honored with the Eclipse Award as the year's champion sprinter.

Smoke Glacken entered stud at Gainesway in 1998 and went on to sire 58 stakes winners and 16 graded stakes winners. His top progeny include two-time Grade 1 winner On Fire Baby (bred by Anita Cauley), winner of the Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) and La Troienne Stakes (G1); Spinaway Stakes (G1) winner Irish Smoke (bred by Stoneway Farm); and Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) winner Persistently (bred by Phipps Stable). Smoke Glacken also sired multiple graded stakes winners Smok'n Frolic (bred by Cherokee Farms) and Delaunay (bred by Fitzhugh LLC), both millionaires, Read the Footnotes (bred by Lawrence Goichman), and Smokey Fire (bred by Mel P. Lawson). Smoke Glacken's lifetime progeny earnings stand at $53,341,566 through April 20.

As a broodmare sire, Smoke Glacken has been represented by the Canadian champions Hunters Bay and Go Greeley and Dubai Group 2 winner L'Amour de Ma Vie.

“Smoke Glacken was a tough, fast racehorse and he sired competitive horses like himself,” Gainesway president Antony Beck said. “We were very fortunate to stand him here at Gainesway. He was part of our family for 18 years and he will be missed.”

Smoke Glacken will be buried at Gainesway alongside former stallions In Reality, Cozzene, Broad Brush, and Mr. Greeley.

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