According to the announcement by Gainesway on November 1, Smoke Glacken is being pensioned. The nineteen-year-old champion has been a top stallion and is getting a well-deserved rest. He has been showing some signs of advancing age and declining fertility.
Bred in Maryland by Perry M. Rosebrock, he was sired by Two Punch out of Majesty’s Crown by Magesterial. Smoke Glacken received his training by Harry Carroll and he was campaigned by Alex Karkenny, William Roberts, and Robert Levy. Smoke Glacken started in 14 races and won 10 of them, had two seconds and one third place. His total earnings amounted to $759,560.
At age two, Smoke Glacken won the Grade I Hopeful Stakes, Grade II Sapling Stakes and the Tyro Stakes. At age three he became champion sprinter. Some of his finer races were Grade II Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash Stakes and Grade II Riva Ridge Stakes.
Gainesway president Antony Beck spoke of Smoke Glacken. He said,
After winning a championship on the racetrack, Smoke Glacken proved himself at stud, siring fast and durable horses who were always competitive at whatever level they were racing. He has been an asset to Gainesway and his participation in our stallion program will be missed.
His progeny inherited their sire’s speed. He has 15 crops on the ground with his 16th expected in 2014. Of his get, Smoke Glacken has sired 54 black-type winners, including 16 graded black-type winners. Several notable names and great earners sired by him are Smok’n Frolic, On Fire Baby, Delaunay and Persistently.
Smoke Glacken is represented by 790 get of racing age from 13 breeding years. Total gross progeny earnings are in excess of $48.3 million.
The nineteen year old Smoke Glacken will remain at Gainesway as he enjoys himself in the green paddocks.
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