Smart Strike Colt Sells for $1M at Keeneland

Smart Strike Colt Sells for $1M at Keeneland
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Hip #426, a Smart Strike colt out of Canadian champion older mare Serenading sold for $1 million.

A Smart Strike   colt out of Canadian champion older mare Serenading, by A.P. Indy, sold for $1 million late in the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 10 in Lexington.

Mike Puhich purchased the bay colt, who was bred in Kentucky by Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings and N.E.T.P., for a partnership. The colt, who was consigned by Hill 'n' Dale, will go to Pegasus Training Center in Washington to begin early training.

"We just have group of people that we purchased the horse with, and we just liked the horse, and he came highly recommended by John Sikura," Puhich said.

Grade II winner Serenading is a full sister to stakes winner Handpainted and a half sister to Speed Succeeds, dam of grade I winner Brilliant Speed   and stakes winner Souper Speedy  .

The colt (hip 426) is the third yearling to reach seven figures in the second session and the seventh to reach $1 million or more in the first two sessions.

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