Smooth Like Strait
FanDuel Mile presented by PDJF Division
Jockey (from last start)
BreederCannon Thoroughbreds, LLC
DamSmooth as Usual
A polished performance in the Shoemaker Mile (G1) May 31 earned Smooth Like Strait his first Grade 1 victory and a fees-paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup FanDuel Mile (G1) presented by PDJF. He led at every point of call and cruised to a 1 ½-length victory.
Smooth Like Strait also gave breeder and owners Cannon Thoroughbreds their first Grade 1 victory. When he won the Shoemaker, owner Michael Cannon had five horses in his stable.
"We're little guys in this sport," Cannon said. "I've been in the game a long time, and until Smooth Like Strait came around I was a complete failure. I was ready to give up, but he (got) me back into the game and look where we are now."
After the Shoemaker, trainer Mike McCarthy said, “I've had an immense amount of faith in this horse all along, and I really believe that there are big things coming for him later in the year."
The 4-year-old bay colt has lost more narrow finishes than he has won, but he is ultra-consistent. In his 18 starts, the millionaire only finished off the board three times. His slew of second-place finishes include the City of Hope Mile Stakes (G2) by a half-length on Oct. 2, Del Mar Mile Stakes (G2) by a head in August, Eddie Read Stakes (G2) by a neck in June, Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes (G1) by a neck in March, and the Hollywood Derby (G1) by a head last November.
He gets his name from his dam: Smooth as Usual. His sire, Midnight Lute, won back-to-back editions of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) in 2007 and 2008.
Cannon has donated 50 percent of the horse’s earnings to The Special Operations Care Fund, which provides support to soldiers who served in special forces such as the Navy Seals. He owns a venture capital firm, an outdoor lighting company, and a cattle ranch. He lives in the Las Vegas area and has a home in Del Mar.