11/01/2013 8:42PM

Smoke Glacken pensioned from stud duty

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Smoke Glacken, the champion sprinter of 1997 and sire of 16 graded or group stakes winners, has been pensioned from stallion duty at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky.

The 19-year-old son of Two Punch had declined in fertility, which, combined with his advanced age, led to his pensioning. He stood the 2013 season for an advertised fee of $10,000.

Smoke Glacken has sired 13 crops of racing age, with 58 stakes winners and combined progeny earnings of $48.3 million. His leading runners include Grade 1 winners On Fire Baby and Persistently, as well as Grade 2 winner Smok’n Frolic, Delaunay, Smokey Fire, and Read the Footnotes.

On the racetrack, Smoke Glacken was a six-time graded stakes winner, specializing at one-turn distances. Racing primarily for owners Alex Karkenny, William Roberts, and Robert Levy, and for trainer Henry Carroll, the horse won 10 of 14 starts for earnings of $759,560.

He earned his biggest career win in 1996, taking the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes, but followed up with an Eclipse Award-winning campaign the following year that included victories in the Grade 2 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes, as well as the Grade 3 Riva Ridge Stakes, Southwest Stakes, and Jersey Shore Breeders’ Cup Stakes.

“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,” said Gainesway President Antony Beck. “He has been an asset to Gainesway and his participation in our stallion program will be missed.”