MIGHTY SMART was purchased by the Hollywood Syndicate at the 2018 National Yearling Sale. This grey colt is sired by Archipenko, out of the dam Stan’s Smarty Girl (Smarty Jones), and was bred by Ascot Stud. Learn more about this horse here.
Name: MIGHTY SMART
Sex: Grey Colt
Mare: Stans’s Smarty Girl (Smarty Jones)
Breeder: Ascot Stud (Pty) Ltd
Trainer: Paul Lafferty
Purchased: National Yearling Sale, April 2018
Pedigree: View here
Mighty Smart is a grey Archipenko colt, out of a “Smarty Jones” mare.
Archipenko is unfortunately no longer with us but sired the highest rated horse in Hong Kong (Time Warp) earlier this season.
The damsire, Smarty Jones who was a legend in his time, won the Eclipse award – American champion 3 year old male in 2004, winning the likes of the Kentucky Derby Gr1 and Preakness Stakes Gr1.
This colt was one of the first yearlings that really caught my eye, considering that greys are generally harder to look at.
I loved the way he walked with an aura of Gr1 presence about him.
Not the biggest colts on the sale, but we was very well put together and he comes across as a tough colt.
Unfortunately he picked up a bout of travel sickness on the way to his next destination, pre training. This left him with a fluctuating temperature for almost a month, but he has since recovered fully thanks to the Summerveld Equine Hospitals professional care and expertise.
He has since settled down very well and has started to grow into a very racy young colt. With a big hind quarter and strong shoulder.
UPDATES – Mighty Smart
June 18th, 2019
He has his second appearance today, over and extra two furlongs which he will relish. See the final field below:
ALL TO COME MAIDEN JUVENILE PLATE
For Maiden 2 year-olds
|1||10||Baby Shooz||60||0||A||A Marcus||Brett Crawford|
|2||1||Declaration Of War||60||0||A||D Dillon||Doug Campbell|
|3||6||Dutch Alley||60||0||A||S Randolph||Dean Kannemeyer|
|4||13||Edo Furin||60||0||A||S Moodley||Paul Lafferty|
|5||7||Filantropo||60||0||A||*A Arries||Michael Roberts|
|6||12||Gilded Age||60||0||CA||W Kennedy||Paul Lafferty|
|7||3||Itsprinceofpeace||60||0||A||T Godden||Yadav Singh|
|8||2||Loosen Your Tie||60||0||A||M Yeni||Tobie Spies|
|9||4||Mighty Smart||60||0||A||M Khan||Paul Lafferty|
|10||9||Palace House||60||0||A||C Zackey||Michael Roberts|
|11||8||Quant Master||60||0||A||G Wright||R A Hill/S R Hill|
|12||5||Camelots Beauty||57||0||A||*J Gates -2.5||Paul Lafferty|
|13||11||Dark Moon Down||57||0||A||L Hewitson||Paul Lafferty|
|Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote|
June 5th, 2019
Nice debut by Mighty Smart, for a horse that is bred for 1800m plus he was always going to find the 1000m a touch short. He ended up running a respectable 5th, just 4.65 lengths off the winner. See the replay here.
May 24th, 2019
Mighty Smart has come on in leaps and bounds in the past month, since his barrier and subsequent gelding. We will be nominating him soon for his debut where he should give a good account of himself. Watch this space.
31st March, 2019
As expected, he was very green in his Barrier Trial but kept going to the line. He will benefit immensely from the experience and should strengthen up nicely. See the replay below:
1st February 2019
A short clip of Mighty Smart in the ring this morning. He won’t be a big colt, but he has put on some nice condition and he is turning into a little “bull of a horse”.
31st January 2019
Might Smart (nearest to the camera) – going through the motions, on the Turf for the first time this morning.
11th January 2019
Update from Paul Lafferty on our grey colt Mighty Smart. Watch here:
9th November 2018
An update from the Paul Lafferty Racing Stables:
9th October 2018
Video report update from Paul Lafferty
19th September 2018
Video report update from Paul Lafferty
September 7th 2018
He didn’t have a great start after leaving the sale in April, suffering from travel sickness for almost a month. This is a phenomenon that some horses experience when travelling long distances and the relatively short drive from Johannesburg to Durban seemed to knock the wind right out of his sails.
He spent most of May at the Summerveld Equine vet before being transferred to Far End Farms in Mooi River. Here he seemed to thrive and was soon back to his feisty self.
Having been broken in and progressing nicely, he was one of the first to leave the spelling farm and join up with his trainer (Paul Lafferty) at Summerveld in early August.
He is still baby and has some growing to do, but he has everything in the right place and although he may take a few more months all the signs are there that he will turn into a racy little colt.