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.

Sex: Grey Colt
Foaled: 22/08/2016
Sire: Archipenko
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

September 20th, 2019
He returns to the course this Sunday 22 September 2019 at Hollywoodbets Scottsville, where he will be looking to go one better this time. See trainer Paul Lafferty’s comments and the final field below.

Race-9 (Turf / Inside) – R105 000
1600m – 17:10 
For all Maidens
1 7 King Julian 60 0 A D Dillon Shane Humby
2 10 Washington Post 60 0 A *L J Ferraris Gavin van Zyl
3 1 Do Or Dare 57 84 A W Kennedy Dean Kannemeyer
4 12 Mighty Smart 57 81 A S Veale Paul Lafferty
5 3 Honest Illusion 57 0 BA *K Sakayi -1.5 Alistair Gordon
6 11 Manic Brawling 57 0 A M Yeni Nathan Kotzen
7 9 Russian Roulette 57 0 A *J Jacobs -4.0 Gavin van Zyl
8 4 Sideswipe 57 0 A *X Jacobs -4.0 Gary Rich
9 8 Straight Up 57 0 A M Khan Duncan Howells
10 2 The Youngest Noble 57 0 A *Y Ramzan -4.0 Michael Roberts
11 5 Tiger Tank 57 0 A S Brown Ivan Van Wyk
12 6 Tribal Warrior 57 0 A E S Ngwane Dennis Bosch
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote

September 7th, 2019
Mighty Smart has been accepted to run this coming Wednesday the 11th September 2019, at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. After his encouraging last start, it’s no surprise to hear a bit of confidence from trainer Paul Lafferty. Not forgetting that the form of his last start has held up nicely. See ‘Laffs’ take below, followed by the final field.

Race-8 (Turf / Inside) – R105 000
1750m – 16:40
For all Maidens
1 5 William Henley 60 71 TBA M Yeni Mark Dixon
2 6 Mana Santana 60 66 BA *J Jacobs -4.0 Garth Puller
3 8 Fire Island 60 64 CA S Randolph Wendy Whitehead
4 2 Stunning Guest 60 60 BA D Dillon Doug Campbell
5 3 Mr Rabe 60 51 BA S Moodley Greg & Karen Anthony
6 10 Persona Grata 60 0 A G Wright Julie Dittmer
7 9 Mighty Smart 56 81 A S Veale Paul Lafferty
8 1 Mamba Duke 56 67 A W Kennedy Gavin van Zyl
9 11 Fortified 56 0 A *L J Ferraris Michael Roberts
10 13 Gilded Age 56 0 BA *K Sakayi -1.5 Paul Lafferty
11 4 Ice Baron 56 0 A K de Melo Dean Kannemeyer
12 12 Pure Quality 56 0 A S Khumalo Nathan Kotzen
13 7 Swanking 56 0 A E S Ngwane Nathan Kotzen
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(7,10) (12,13)

August 26th, 2019
His prep for his next attempt at leaving the maidens is going well. Here he is over the weekend, working upsides with his stable companion.

August 5th, 2019
Post race report from Paul Lafferty, regarding the well being of this young gelding after his race yesterday. See the replay further down.

August 4th, 2019
Lovely run by the flashy grey Archipenko gelding, Mighty Smart, out at Hollywoodbets Scottsville today. A bit more luck in running and a better draw and he wins it. Definitely one to follow next time out. Bred for a bit more ground, but delighted to see him throwing his “hat into the ring” over the mile.

See the replay below:

July 31st, 2019
This son of Archipenko has his 3rd official start this Sunday 4th August 2019, at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Trainer Paul Lafferty give us his feelings on what to expect. See his comments and the final field below:

Race-4 (Turf / Inside) R105 000
1600m – 14:05

1st R65625, 2nd R21000, 3rd R10500, 4th R5250, 5th R2625
For all Maidens
1 6 Stolen Paradise 60 64 A M Yeni Duncan Howells
2 2 What A Blast 60 61 BA C Zackey Dennis Bosch
3 5 Mana Santana 60 58 BA *X Jacobs -4.0 Garth Puller
4 8 Jurist 60 56 T A T Godden Dennis Drier
5 12 Duran 60 0 a S Moodley Gary Rich
6 4 Persona Grata 60 0 A S Brown Julie Dittmer
7 1 Soulja Boy 60 0 BA D Dillon Brett Crawford
8 3 Silver Sea 57 72 A *L J Ferraris Tony Nassif
9 10 Elite Status 57 0 BA *A Arries Michael Miller
10 9 Major Force 57 0 A *J Gates -1.5 Garth Puller
11 11 Mighty Smart 57 0 A K de Melo Paul Lafferty
12 7 Noble Flight 57 0 A *K Sakayi -1.5 Paul Lafferty
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(3,10) (11,12)

June 18th, 2019
He has his second appearance today, over and extra two furlongs which he will relish. See the final field below:

Race-2 (Turf / Inside) R105 000
1400m – 13:00 
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
(4,6,9,12,13) (5,10)

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:

March 2nd, 2019
Update from Paul Lafferty on our Archipenko colt MIGHTY SMART. Watch:

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.


Mighty Smart -sired by Archipenko out of the dam Stan's Smarty Girl. Bred by Ascot Stud. Owned by the Hollywood Syndicate - Hollywoodbets
Mighty Smart