Smart Strike colt brings $1.7 million

Deep into the second day of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training sale March 16, a Smart Strike colt moved to the top of the price list.

On a bid of $1.7 million, David Ingordo signed the ticket for a Lane’s End Bloodstock partnership for the bay colt (Hip 591) who was consigned by Eddie Woods. Bred in Illinois by Brinker Hill Farm, the colt is out of grade II-placed Glamorista, by Unbridled’s Song.

Ingordo said Lane’s End is in search of a successor to Smart Strike, who died in March 2015, and this horse fits the bill.

“Mr. (Will) Farish stood Smart Strike at Lane’s End and we developed his best son Curlin, so it just makes sense for us to go back and try to find a replacement for Smart Strike,” Ingordo said. “This is one of the best Smart Strikes you’re ever going to find. He stood up to all the rigors of this (sale process), which is hard on a young horse. He has a great attitude and is the kind we need in the stallion barn.”

“He’s one of those top-end, big beautiful-looking horses,” Woods said. “He’s as good of a horse as I ever get.”

Mr. Eddie Woods

Eddie Woods, a leading consigner of thoroughbred racehorses, prepped the young colt for the sale. Mr. Woods routinely uses APF Pro to develop his sales horses into top athletes who bring top prices. “APF Pro is a valuable part of our sales operation. The improvement in their coats and overall condition is obvious within a month. When a horse at any level feels better, they’re going to perform better.”

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