On May 24, Cuatro Piedras Farm in Uruguay, where Smarty Jones has shuttled for the Southern Hemisphere the past three breeding seasons, sold a total of 37 horses at private auction, including 26 2-year-olds by the 2004 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner.
The highest price was $60,000 for Hideandseek, a dark bay or brown colt out of the Pure Prize mare Nice Inheritance who was foaled Oct. 2, 2012.
Among the other horses sold were offspring by Asiatic Boy, Siphon, Wild Event, Refuse to Bend, and Dancer Man.
The second highest price was $40,800 for a Smarty Jones—Magma Rock 2-year-old named Hard Rock.
"We are really proud," said Cuatro Piedras owner Claudia Rosas, who owns the farm with her husband. "There were many people at the auction and the response exceeded all our expectations.
"Tom Thornbury, from Keeneland, examined all the horses and was surprised how extremely strong and correct they all were. We have been so happy sharing the past three years with this incredible stallion, and we hope we can enjoy the success of his foals at Maronas Racetrack."
Smarty Jones (Elusive Quality —I'll Get Along, by Smile) stands at Northview PA, a divison of Northview Stallion Station.
In 2011 Smarty Jones was the leading U.S. sire by international earnings standing outside of Kentucky, with just four crops to race. That year his runners earned more than $5.5 million worldwide and included Japanese star Keiai Gerbera, earner of more than $2 million in 2011; Sunrise Smarty, winner of the Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III); the grade I-placed Gilded Gem, winner of the grade III Las Flores Stakes; multiple stakes winner Concealed Identity, winner of the Federico Tesio Stakes, John B. Campbell Handicap, and Maryland Juvenile Championship Stakes; and Rogue Romance, winner of the grade III Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland and placed in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and Risen Star Stakes (gr. II).
Smarty Jones surpassed the $5 million mark again in 2012, and in 2013 tied for first by number of stakes winners among active sires in the region. With six crops to race nearly half his 23 stakes winners have won in graded/group company. He sired 17 stakes horses in 2013, headed by grade I Triple Bend Handicap winner Centralintelligence; four-time champion Better Life, an earner of over $1.6 million who defeated colts in the grade I Singapore Gold Cup, Singapore Derby, and Kranji Mile; and Nikkis Smartypants, winner of the grade III Royal North Stakes at Woodbine.