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Dance Smartly

Bred in Ontario, Canada, Dance Smartly was a bay mare with a distinctive white star on her forehead that earned her the nickname Daisy. As a 2-year-old in 1990, she won 3-of-5 starts including the Natalma Stakes.

Dance Smartly finished 3rd in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, and won the Sovereign Award for Canadian champion two-year-old filly.

At age 3, Dance Smartly went undefeated, winning 8 races during the 1991 campaign. Her dominant victory in the Canadian Oaks sent her to race against the boys. Dance Smartly became the second filly to capture the Canadian Triple Crown by winning the Queen’s Plate, the Prince of Wales Stakes, and the Breeders’ Stakes by a combined 18 lengths. She next won the Molson Export Million, earning her first graded stakes victory as her previous races had been restricted to Canadian-bred horses.

Despite missing several weeks of training leading up to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs, Dance Smartly still won easily to complete her undefeated season.

She raced four more times at age four, winning once against colts in the Canadian Maturity Stakes. She retired as the number one money-winning filly in the world, having won on both turf and dirt, and at distances of up to  112miles.

Dance Smartly won 12 races and never finished off the board in 17 starts, accumulating earnings of more than $3.2 million.

Dance Smartly died in Aug., 2007 at age 17 from an injury related to an arthritic stifle.

Dance Smartly career statistics

Starts: 17

1st: 12

2nd: 2

3rd: 3

Dance Smartly career honors and awards

2003 – Inducted into the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame

1995 – Inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

1991 – U.S. Champion 3-Year-Old Filly

1991 – Canadian Horse of the Year

2001 – Sovereign Award for Outstanding Broodmare