No broodmare more belies her inappropriate name 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 Sovereign Award winners Sky Classic ($3,240,398), Regal Classic ($1,456,584), Grey Classic ($602,029), Classic Reign ($327,808) and Classy N Smart ($303,222), whose daughter is Dance Smartly, the leading money-winning Thoroughbred in Canadian history and winner of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, an Eclipse Award and induction into the Hall of Fame. Dance Smartly has become as prolific a broodmare as her grandma; producing the 2000 and 2001 winners of the Queen’s Plate – Scatter The Gold and Dancethruthedawn. Her final foal, Always A Classic, with earnings of $373,000, was a Grade 1 Stakes winner in Kentucky.
Bred by Jack Hood of Stratford, Ontario, 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 Princess Elizabeth and Yearling Sales Stakes. But her destiny was as a broodmare as she became the foundation mare of Ernie Samuel’s world renown breeding nursery. She was named Broodmare of the Year in 1985. No Class is by Nodouble – Classy Quillo, by Outing Class.
No Class, who died in 1993, produced four champions out of eight foals, including 1984 3-year-old filly Classy – n Smart, 1985 champion 2-year-old colt Grey Classic, 1987 2-year-old champion colt Regal Classic, and multiple champion and multimillionaire Sky Classic. Classy – n Smart later became 1991 broodmare of the year when her daughter Dance Smartly swept the Canadian Triple Crown.
The daughter of Quadrangle was one of a remarkable pair of yearlings bought as racing prospects for $20,000 each in 1975 by the late Ernie Samuel. The other yearling was No Class, who together with Loudrangle became the foundation of Sam-Son Farm’s extraordinary Thoroughbred operation.
Of the pair, Loudrangle was the racehorse. She won the 1976 Princess Elizabeth Stakes, the 1978 Mountain Laurel Stakes, and placed in four other stakes. She won nine times out of 22 starts and retired from racing with $105,804 in earnings. No Class won three races out of 29 starts, but managed to pick up a second and third in stakes company before retiring with $37.543 in earnings.
They both went on to become first-class producers.
Loudrangle’s first foal was Tiffany Tam, a stakes winner who earned $134,270. She later produced Ruling Angel who was Canada’s champion 2-year-old and horse of the year in 1986. Ruling Angel, by Vice Regent, won 10 stakes races and finished second in six more. As a juvenile, she won the Natalma Stakes (Can-III), Ontario Debutante Stakes, the Princess Elizabeth, the Nandi Stakes, and the Mazarine Stakes. She retired with $785,707 in earnings.
Loudrangle also produced 1988 champion 3-year-old filly Tilt My Halo, by Halo, and stakes winners Slew of Angels, Dancing with Wings, and No Louder.