Sunday, August 29, 2010 |
Smokey Fire added to a great day of results for his sire Smoke Glacken, winning the $200,000 Play the King S. (Can-II) in a dramatic three-horse photo finish on the Woodbine turf. Also on Aug. 29, Smoke Glacken's daughter Persistently upset Rachel Alexandra in the Personal Ensign (G1).
In his first start on the turf in just over a year, Smokey Fire was all heart in a very quickly run race. He stalked Fatal Bullet for the first quarter-mile, then lost a length or so while three-wide around the turn. Down the stretch, it was Smokey Fire, Fatal Bullet and Jungle Wave battling head-to-head. Smokey Fire would not be denied as Jono Jones urged him on to the wire. The final margin was a neck back to Jungle Wave, with Fatal Bullet another neck back. The final time for the seven furlongs was 1:20.83. Smokey Fire earned a career-best 103 Beyer Speed Figure.
The Play the King was the sixth career win for Smokey Fire. He closed out 2009 with a victory in the Grade 3 Kennedy Road S. and made his 2010 debut a winning one in the Bold Venture S. His overall record stands at an excellent 6-3-1 in 11 starts. He has earned $497,217 for Jim Dandy Stable.
Smokey Fire was bred in Canada by Mel P. Lawson. The gray or roan is out of the Housebuster mare Destroy, who has been an excellent producer. Besides Smokey Fire, she is the dam of his full brother, stakes winner Utterly Cool, and four other offspring who have won at least $180,000. Utterly Cool and Ghost Fleet are both multiple Canadian stakes winners for their dam.
The final week of August has been very good for Smoke Glacken. His runners have won at eight different North American racetracks.