Dance Smartly

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Dance Smartly
Sire Danzig
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Dam Classy 'n Smart
Damsire Smarten
Sex Mare
Foaled 1988
Country Canada
Colour Bay
Breeder Sam-Son Farm
Owner Sam-Son Farm
Trainer James E. Day
Record 17: 12-2-3
Earnings $3,263,835
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)
10th 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
Last updated on 30 September 2011

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

Bred in Ontario by Sam-Son Farm, the bay mare was by Danzig (a son of Northern Dancer). Her dam was the Canadian Hall of Fame mare Classy 'n Smart by Smarten.

Racing career[edit]

Trained by Jim Day, as a two-year-old, Dance Smartly won three of five races, then at age three developed 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 second filly (after Queensway in 1932) to 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 performances, 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 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.

Stud record[edit]

As a broodmare at Sam-Son Farm, she produced a number of top horses, including the back-to-back Queen's Plate winners Scatter The Gold and Dancethruthedawn (won Go For Wand Handicap), both by Mr. Prospector.

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.


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.

Tabulated pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Dance Smartly (CAN), bay mare, 1988
Danzig (USA)
Northern Dancer (CAN)
Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
Pas de Nom
Admiral's Voyage Crafty Admiral
Olympia Lou
Petitioner Petition
Steady Aim
Classy 'n Smart (CAN)
Smarten Cyane Turn-To
Your Game
Smartaire Quibu
Art Teacher
No Class Nodouble Noholme
Classy Quillo Outing Class


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