Fred Smith who started the Smithurst line was a real dog man and hunter. He was not narrow minded and he liked dogs that could get it done. Back in the days of the $50,000. Futurity hunts on the black and tans old Hard Rock owned by Fred and Big Wheel owned by Ed Abel also of Oklahoma made a big name for themselves.
The real Smithhurst line however was built around Smithurst Savage and Fred made no bones about it This was a single registered dog that had July running dogs and some Pit Bull in him as well. Not sure why but they worked hard and dang sure had some grit. A friend and I had a littermate to Savage we got from Fred. We called her Molly and we sold her to the Welty's down near Dusty New Mexico many years ago. Never did hear if they kept any of this going.
Somewhere out there.............