11/30/2001 12:00AM

Dance Smartly cinch for broodmare award


A third generation of Sam-Son Farm's impressive broodmare band is expected to be honored Dec. 14 when the Sovereign Awards are presented at a ceremony in downtown Toronto that will crown Canada's champions for 2001.

The remarkable Dance Smartly, one of best racemares this country has produced, accomplished an unusual feat in 2001 when her daughter Dancethruthedawn (by Mr. Prospector) became the mare's second consecutive Queen's Plate winner.

That should make Dance Smartly the odds-on choice to win the Sovereign for outstanding broodmare, a lifetime achievement award that honors mares who have produced a stakes winner in the current year as well as a previous year.

Dance Smartly's son, Scatter the Gold, also by Mr. Prospector, won the 2000 Plate for Sam-Son Farms.

It would be the third broodmare of the year award for Dance Smartly's direct family. Her dam, Classy 'n Smart, and granddam, No Class, were also Sovereign Award winners for outstanding broodmare.

Sam-Son, which had another multi-million dollar season with its stable, is also the early favorite to collect its fourth outstanding breeder award since the inauguration of the awards in 1975.

Sam-Son could also be named the year's top owner for the seventh time although Frank DiGiulio Jr., the owner of Horse of the Year candidate Win City, will receive a lot of votes.

The late Ernie Samuel purchased No Class for $18,000 at the 1975 Woodbine yearling sale. An allowance winner, No Class actually received her Sovereign long before her impact on Canadian racing would be known.

Her first stakes winner, Classy 'n Smart, won the Canadian Oaks in 1984. The following year her son, Grey Classic, was named the champion 2-year-old colt the same year No Class was named top broodmare.

There were four more stakes winners to follow for No Class, including champion Sky Classic, millionaire Regal Classic, and Grade 1 winner Always a Classic.

Classy 'n Smart produced three stakes horses from nine foals, including Dance Smartly, who capped her undefeated 3-year-old racing season with a win in the 1991 Breeders' Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs.

Thirteen-year-old Dance Smartly, whose first foal, by Pleasant Colony, died soon after birth, has four winners from five foals to race. Her 2-year-old of this year, Dance to Destiny (a full brother to Scatter the Gold and Dancethruthedawn) was placed in his only start before being sidelined by injury.

The mare foaled a colt by A.P. Indy this spring and is in foal to the same stallion.

Sam-Son's competition for top breeder could be Frank Stronach's Adena Springs, which bred multiple graded stakes winner Euchre and top 2-year-old El Soprano, and Mike Byrne, who bred the earners of over $1.3 million.

There were plenty of other noteworthy accomplishments in Canadian breeding in 2001.

Stan Dodson, owner of Hopefield Farm, bred multiple graded stakes winner Dr. Kashnikow as well as Ontario Lassie Stakes winner What a Breeze. Manitoba's Ed Pawluk bred the second-best 3-year-old in Canada this year in Fancy As, who lost only once in nine starts.

And the late Pat Ballentine, a longtime leading Thoroughbred breeder, was represented in 2001 by probable champion turf male Numerous Times.