Multiple grade I winner Smiling Tiger has been entered in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale. Archie St. George’s St. George Sales is consigning the 4-year-old colt to the Nov. 6 auction in Lexington.
An earner of $1,214,353, Smiling Tiger has won seven added-money events, including the Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) this year and the Bing Crosby (gr. I) and Ancient Title (gr. I) stakes in 2010. The son of Hold That Tiger is owned by Alan Klein and Philip Lebherz and is trained by Jeff Bonde. The colt is being pointed for the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.
“He’s as good as any graded stakes-winning sprinter in training right now,” St. George said. “He already has three grade I wins under his belt at six and seven furlongs and he’s a stakes winner at (ages) 2, 3 and 4. I have had the pleasure to work with Smiling Tiger’s owners, and his trainer Jeff Bonde, on some successful projects and I am grateful for this opportunity.”
“The horse is tall and athletic and he has the right sire line to appeal as a stallion prospect. His good looks will carry him a long way and, with so many international racing opportunities ahead, there’s no reason he shouldn’t add a lot more to his current earnings.”
Smiling Tiger is has been cataloged for the sale as Hip No. 150.
“Smiling Tiger is the best horse I’ve ever trained and there are many more races left in him,” Bonde said in a statement. “When he does finally retire to stud, I will be breeding to him, that’s a guarantee.”
Bred in Kentucky by Dr. Rodney Orr, Smiling Tiger is out of the Cahill Road mare Shandra Smiles. He was a $32,000 buy-back when offerd by Katalpa Farm, agent, at the 2008 Keeneland January horses of all ages auction. Bonde, as agent, purchased Smiling Tiger for $40,000 from Halvorson Bloodstock Services, agent, at the 2008 Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association (now the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association) summer yearling sale in September of the same year.