No broodmare more belies her inappropriate name more than No Class. Her name is just the opposite of her claim to fame as there isn’t another mare in Canadian thoroughbred racing history whose runners have earned more than $6 million.
No Class is the dam of four Sovereign Award winners – Sky Classic ($3.2 million), Regal Classic ($1.4 million), Grey Classic ($602,029) and Classy ‘n Smart ($303,222), the dam of Dance Smartly, the leading money-winning female thoroughbred in Canadian history ($3.2 million) when she retired. The daughter of Danzig – No Class won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, an Eclipse Award, Canada’s Triple Crown and induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga, N.Y. Dance Smartly became as prolific a broodmare as her grandma; producing Plate winners Scatter The Gold and Dancethruthedawn.
No Class’s other stakes winners include Classic Reign and Always A Classic, a Gr. 1 stakes winner in Kentucky with earnings of $388,648. He was No Class’s final stakes winner. No Class is the dam of eight foals, seven to race and all winners. No Class, by Nodouble-Classy Quillo, died in 1993.
Bred by Jack Hood of Stratford, Ont., No Class was consigned by Roy Kennedy’s Gateway Farms to the annual CTHS yearling sales in 1975 and was purchased by Sam-Son Farms for $25,000. As a runner she placed in the Yearling Sales Stakes and was third in the Princess Elizabeth. But her destiny was as a broodmare as she became the foundation mare of Ernie Samuel’s world-renowned breeding nursery. She won a Sovereign Award as the champion Broodmare of the Year in 1985.