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Dance Smartly

Dance Smartly
Sire Danzig
Dam Classy 'n Smart
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Damsire Smarten
Gender Filly
Foaled 1988
Country Canada
Color Bay
Breeder Sam-Son Farm
Owner Sam-Son Farm
Trainer James E. Day
Record 17: 12-2-3
Earnings $3,263,835
Dance Smartly is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Classy 'n Smart by Danzig. She was born around 1988 in Canada, and was bred by Sam-Son Farm.
Major wins
Natalma Stakes (1990)
Canadian Oaks (1991)
Queen's Plate (1991)
Prince of Wales Stakes (1991)
Breeders' Stakes (1991)
Molson Export Million (1991)
Breeders' Cup Distaff (1991)
Canadian Maturity Stakes (1992)
5th Canadian Triple Crown Champion (1991)
United States Champion 3-Yr-Old Filly (1991)
Canadian Horse of the Year (1991)
Sovereign Award for Outstanding Broodmare (2001)
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (1995)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (2003)
Dance Smartly Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on October 5, 2007

Dance Smartly (1988–2007) was a Champion thoroughbred Canadian and U.S. Hall of Fame filly racehorse who went undefeated in 1991 while winning the Canadian Triple Crown and becoming the first horse bred in Canada to ever win a Breeders' Cup race.

Bred in Ontario by Sam-Son Farm, the bay filly was the granddaughter of the great Northern Dancer through her sire Danzig and the champion Canadian Hall of Fame mare Classy 'n Smart. Trained by Jim Day, as a two-year-old, Dance Smartly won three of five races, then blossomed at age three into one of the top thoroughbreds in North America, going undefeated in the 1991 racing season. Ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, Dance Smartly became the only filly to ever capture the Canadian Triple Crown by winning the Queen's Plate, the Prince of Wales Stakes, and the Breeders' Stakes. She capped off her year at Churchill Downs with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. For her 1991 performance, Dance Smartly was voted the Eclipse Award as North America's best three-year-old filly plus two Sovereign Awards as Canada's best three-year-old filly and the most coveted Horse of the Year honor.

Dance Smartly raced four more times at age four, then retired as the number one money-winning filly in the world. As a broodmare at Sam-Son Farm, she successfully produced a number of top horses, including the back-to-back Queen's Plate winners, Scatter The Gold and Dancethruthedawn, both by Mr. Prospector.

In 1995, Dance Smartly was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and in 2003 into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs, New York.

Dance Smartly was euthanized in August 2007 after suffering an irreparable injury in her paddock at Sam-Son Farm. She was 19 years old and not in foal at the time.

Pedigree of Dance Smartly
Northern Dancer Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
Pas de Nom Admiral's Voyage Crafty Admiral
Olympia Lou
Petitioner Petition
Steady Aim
Classy 'n Smart
Smarten Cyane Turn-To
Your Game
Smartaire Quibu
Art Teacher
No Class Nodouble Noholme
Classy Quillo Outing Class


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