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Champion English Channel to Lane's End

US CHAMPION turf runner English Channel will stand alongside his sire, Smart Strike, at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky for the2010 season.

The seven-year-old has stood at Hurricane Hall Farm in Kentucky for the past two seasons at a fee of $25,000. Owners Brad Kelley and James Scatuorchio decided to relocate English Channel after that operation was transferred to Pauls Mill near Versailles last month.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, English Channel won six Grade I races and $5,319,028 in prize-money. Topping his resume is a seven length defeat of Dylan Thomas and Better Talk Now in the 2007 Breeders' Cup Turf although he twice won the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes in record time.

"We are pleased that Brad Kelley has decided to have champion English Channel join his sire Smart Strike and his son Curlin at Lane's End," said Will Farish, owner of Lane's End. "This very accomplished runner who retired from racing sound and proved to be remarkably fertile, getting 90% of his 151 mares in foal in his first year at stud."

A fee for English Channel will be announced at a later date.




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