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

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