Alan Porter breeding analysis for Dominus
A multiple grade two winner, who captured graded stakes on dirt and turf, Dominus is by two-time Leading Sire Smart Strike – sire of young sires English Channel, Curlin and Lookin at Lucky – out of a multiple stakes winning mare.
The cross of Smart Strike and sons over Northern Dancer through Danzig line mares has been an outstanding one with at least 20 stakes winners including Champion and classic winner Lookin At Lucky (out of a mare by Belong to Me, who has proved to be excellent under Smart Strike), Champion and grade winner Soaring Free, and grade one winner Shadow Cast (dam by Dayjur, who also gives inbreeding to Mr. Prospector), as well as stakes winners from daughters of Ascot Knight, Boundary, Danehill, Chief’s Crown, Langfuhr, Polish Numbers, Pine Bluff and Zieten, which also suggests mares by younger Danzig sons, including War Front and Hard Spun. From daughters of Deputy Minister, Smart Strike sired Horse of the Year Curlin and millionaire Tenpins, and English Channel has sired grade one winner V. E. Day out of a Deputy Minister mare. There are also stakes winners and there are also stakes winners from daughters of Deputy Minister horses, French Deputy, Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper), Silver Deputy and Salt Lake, while other possible would include Dehere and Touch Gold. Deputy Minister’s sire, Vice Regent, is also sire of Regal Classic, who gives inbreeding to the family of Smart Strike, and is broodmare sire of two Smart Strike stakes winners.
There are also 13 stakes winners by Smart Strike and his sons out of Nijinsky II line mares (including from daughters of Generous (by Caerleon), Sky Classic (giving inbreeding to the family of Smart Strike), Green Dancer and Fred Astaire, while Strawberry Road and Royal Academy both appeal. Smart Strike also has Champion English Channel out of mare by Theatrical (by Nureyev, also sire of Atticus, Fasliyev, Stravinsky and Spinning World), a Champion out of a mare by Gate Dancer (by Sovereign Dancer), and a two-year-old grade one winner out of a mare by El Gran Senor. Other branches of the Northern Dancer line which have proved successful when bred to Smart Strike include Storm Bird and Storm Cat, who is broodmare sire of a Smart Strike grade one winner, and whose son, Sea of Secrets, is broodmare sire of Smart Strike’s Champion My Miss Aurelia (inbred to Mr. Prospector), with other Storm Cat sons including Tale of the Cat, Storm Boot, Giant’s Causeway, Forestry, Hennessy, Stormy Atlantic, Stormin Fever, Forest Wildcat, Cat Thief, Tabasco Cat and Tactical Cat; Sadler’s Wells, who is broodmare sire of a Smart Strike grade one winner, and is available through El Prado, Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy, Artie Schiller and Horse Chestnut; Dixieland Band (sire of Dixie Union); and Lyphard. We could also consider the Icecapade branch of Nearctic, through Wild Again (broodmare sire of three Smart Strike stakes winners).
Smart Strike has sired a multiple graded stakes winner out of a mare by Pleasant Colony (sire of Pleasant Tap and Pleasantly Perfect), who is by His Majesty from the Ribot line. From this same line Smart Strike also has stakes winners out of daughters of Alleged and Lost Code.
Smart Strike has a grade one winner out of a mare by A.P. Indy (sire of Pulpit, Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, Flatter, Congrats and Golden Missile; grandsire of Tapit and Sky Mesa), and other branches of A.P. Indy’s sire, Seattle Slew, to work under Smart Strike include Fast Play, Avenue of Flags and Capote (sire of Boston Harbor and Matty G).
Smart Strike is also beginning to show an affinity for the Blushing Groom line, particularly through Rahy (broodmare sire of Smart Strike’s grade one winner Furthest Land), and he also has a stakes winner out of a mare by Runaway Groom (sire of Cherokee Run). From the Roberto branch of the Hail to Reason line, Smart Strike and his sons have stakes winners out of mares by Lear Fan, Silver Hawk and Red Ransom. From the Halo branch of the Hail to Reason line, there is a stakes winner by a Smart Strike son out of a mare by Saint Ballado, and another out of a mare by that horse’s son, Yankee Victor. This would also suggest introducing Saint Ballado’s brother, Devil’s Bag (sire of Devil His Due and Diablo), and trying Halo through More Than Ready. From the Caro line, there is a Smart Strike graded stakes winner out a mare by With Approval, and a stakes winner by a son of Smart Strike out of a mare by Cozzene.