A bay ridgling by Smart Strike commanded the initial seven-figure price during the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale when he was bought for $1 million by George Bolton. Out of the grade III-winning Seattle Slew mare Ask Me No Secrets, he was consigned by Greenfield Farm for B.D. Gibbs Farm, agent.
“(Bloodstock agent) John Moynihan is my agent and he picked him out for us,” said Bolton, who bought the ridgling (Hip No. 351) in partnership with Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables. “We’ve had a lot of luck with Smart Strike because we had Curlin , so (Moynihan) told me to get off the plane and get over here and buy him. (Smart Strike) throws runners, and (this horse) is also stallion prospect even though he’s a ridgling.”
Bolton owned two-time Horse of the Year Curlin in partnership with Stonestreet and Midnight Cry Stables during his 3-year-old championship campaign when the horse won or placed in all three Triple Crown races in addition to capturing the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge and Jockey Club Gold Cup (both gr. I).
“He’s nice, he looks like he could go far, and we’ve had a lot of luck with the sire,” said Bolton of the Smart Strike ridgling, who descends from the family of grade I winners Trumpet’s Blare and Albert the Great.