04/15/2013 8:17AM

Smart Strike colt, at $1.8 million, tops 2013 sales leaderboard


While the very top of last year’s 2-year-olds-in-training market was devoid of horses who breezed a furlong in under 10 seconds during the presale under-tack shows, a $1.8 million Smart Strike colt put it all together in 2013 and probably will finish the year as North America’s highest-priced juvenile.

The gray or roan colt, purchased by Stonestreet Stables, breezed an eighth of a mile in 9.80 seconds leading up to the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training, and he became the sale topper shortly thereafter. Consigned by King’s Equine, the colt is the first foal out of the Grade 2-winning Pulpit mare Mini Sermon.

A total of 21 horses have breezed one furlong in under 10 seconds in 2013, seven more than last year’s final count, and they sold for an average price of $303,250 at the four select North American juvenile sales – the Barretts, OBS and Fasig-Tipton Florida March sales and the Keeneland April sale. That average price was greatly boosted by the top seller’s outlying price, with the second-highest-priced sub-10-second horse bringing $575,000.

A time of 10.20 seconds was the most common for one furlong among last year’s 10 most expensive juveniles, achieved by five of those horses, but the most prevalent time among the top 10 of 2013 has been 10 seconds flat, which was achieved by three of those horses. Those two times tied for the most spots in 2011, with three each.

A horse with an eye-popping breeze time sits at the top of the list for 2013, but the remainder of the top 10 shows a leaning toward slower times that has not been seen in recent years. In the past two sale seasons, no more than two juveniles with a time of 10.40 or slower for one furlong have finished among the 10 highest prices. But this year’s list features two horses each who breezed in 10.40 and 10.60.

The most expensive horse of that group was a Bernardini colt who sold to Demi O’Byrne, the Coolmore partnership’s bloodstock agent, for $950,000 after breezing an eighth of a mile in 10.60 at the under-tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training.


Sales and breeze-show performances of 10 highest-priced juveniles of 2013 select sales

Horse/Pedigree Buyer Sale Price Time
Gr. or ro. c., Smart Strike--Mini Sermon, by Pulpit Stonestreet Stables OBSMAR $1,800,000 :9.80
B. c., Bernardini--Hishi Aspen, by Forestry Steven W. Young, agent FTFMAR $1,600,000 :10.20
Dk. b. or br. f., A.P. Indy--Foxy Danseur, by Mr. Greeley Green Hills Farm FTFMAR $1,100,000 :10
B. c., Bernardini--Heart of Grace, by Exploit Demi O'Byrne FTFMAR $950,000 :10.60
Dk. b. or br. f., Smart Strike--Music Room, by Unbridled's Song Regis Farms FTFMAR $700,000 :10.40
B. f., Unbridled's Song--Eden's Causeway, by Giant's Causeway John McCormack Bloodstock KEEAPR $700,000 :10
B. c., Malibu Moon--Fashion Cat, by Forest Wildcat Demi O'Byrne BARMAR $675,000 :20.80(2F)
B. c., Bernardini--A Precious Memory, by Honor Grades Three Chimneys Sales/Solis FTFMAR $650,000 :10.40
B. f., Malibu Moon--Miz United States, by Valid Appeal Stonestreet Stables FTFMAR $625,000 :10
Turn on the Tap, B. c., Tapit--Winter Garden, by Roy Demi O'Byrne FTFMAR $625,000 :10.60