The third time was the charm for 5-year-old English Channel in the Breeders’ Cup Turf as the son of Smart Strike gobbled up a soft turf course at Monmouth Park to best eight foes by a stakes-record seven lengths, including 9-10 favorite Dylan Thomas. The Todd Pletcher trainee had finished fifth and third in his first two Turf tries with jockey John Velazquez.
English Channel broke his maiden in his debut in 2004 at Saratoga Race Course. He won his first stakes in 2005 on Preakness Day at Pimlico in the Woodlawn Stakes. His final prep for the 2007 Mile was a convincing victory in the Grade 1 Turf Classic at Belmont Park at the end of September. The 2007 Turf was English Channel’s final start before he was sent off to stud at Hurricane Hall Farm.