The following feature was originally published in the Paulick Report Special, our print edition distributed at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale
A multi-year leading national sire, Smart Strike sires a wide variety of excellent athletes, such as the top sprinter Fabulous Strike, the champion turf performer English Channel, champion juveniles Lookin At Lucky and My Miss Aurelia, and Horse of the Year Curlin.
Several of Smart Strike's top performers have shown their best form when given time and sometimes a good deal of distance, but the successful son of the great sire Mr. Prospector is also the sire this year of the most expensive 2-year-old sold in training.
That big performer in the sales ring was the gray colt who topped the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's auction week before last at $1.8 million. The leading sales colt was from a prominent family developed by the leading breeder Edward ‘Ned' Evans and sold initially at the dispersal of stock from the Evans estate.
Let's not jinx anyone by predicting a similar result in the Fasig-Tipton sale of juveniles in training held at Palm Meadows, but Smart Strike does have a pair of promising juveniles entered in the sale as Hips 19 and 71.
The first is a filly out of the unraced Unbridled's Song mare Music Room, a half-sister to the smashing performers Music Note (by A.P. Indy), winner of the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks, Mother Goose, Gazelle, and Beldame Stakes; and Musical Chimes (In Excess), winner of the G1 French 1,000 Guineas and John Mabee Handicap. The filly's third dam is champion It's in the Air (Mr. Prospector), and this filly is inbred to the landmark sire Mr. Prospector 2x5x4.
Hip 71 is a chestnut colt who is the first foal out of the Rahy mare Tejida, a winner of more than a quarter-million dollars who ran second or third in the Bewitch, The Very One, Doubledogdare, Gallorette, and All Along, all G3 stakes named for famous racemares. This colt's second dam is the multiple G3 winner Batique, a daughter of Storm Cat.
As a leading sire, Smart Strike has earned excellent books of mares with deep pedigrees, as the preceding pair of yearlings indicate. The stallion's best books of mares have come in his latter years as the 21-year-old stallion has continued to succeed at a high level. Smart Strike was sired when Mr. Prospector was 22, and this is a sire line that continues producing premium individuals at a very late age.
Although Smart Strike is the last-surviving son of Mr. Prospector at the top of the stud fee list ($85,000 live foal), there are also Not for Love ($15,000), Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus ($7,500), and major winner E Dubai ($7,500), who sired Fort Larned, winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Classic.
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