THOROUGHBRED TIMES (Kentucky, USA)                       Tuesday, October 08, 2002

Strike Smartly sold, to stand at Mauritzfontein Stud in South Africa

Sam-Son Farm has sold Canadian Grade 2 winner Strike Smartly, a half brother to champion Dance Smartly by Mr. Prospector, to leading South African owner Bridget Oppenheimer, and the five-year-old horse will stand the 2003 season at her Mauritzfontein Stud near Kimberley, South Africa.

Strike Smartly won this year's Chinese Cultural Center Stakes (G2) by a head over stablemate Quiet Resolve on July 21 at Woodbine before finishing fourth in the Niagara Breeders' Cup Handicap (Can-G1) in his last start on August 31.

Overall, Strike Smartly has won five of 15 career starts and has placed six times while earning $470,310.

Out of 1984 Canadian champion Classy 'n Smart, by Smarten, Strike Smartly is a full brother to Grade 1 winners Full of Wonder and Smart Strike. His pedigree is loaded with success; Dance Smartly has produced 2001 Canadian champion filly and Queen's Plate Stakes winner Dancethruthedawn and 2000 Queen's Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes winner Scatter the Gold.

Strike Smartly's second dam, the stakes-placed Nodouble mare No Class, produced champion Sky Classic, Canadian champions Regal Classic and Grey Classic, Grade 1 winner Always a Classic, and stakes winner Classic Reign.

"This is a coup for Mrs. Oppenheimer," Mauritzfontein Stud Manager Gavin Schafer told Johannesburg's Business Day. "We hope to have him on the farm by December. [Equarius Bloodstock Agent] Alistair [Brown, who brokered the deal] has had his eye on Strike Smartly for six months."

Mauritzfontein also stands multiple Group 1 winner and leading South African sire Fort Wood. The 12-year-old son of Sadler's Wells and half brother to eight stakes winners, including champion Timber Country, has sired four champions, including South African Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner Horse Chestnut (SAf),  from six crops of racing age. 


ANYTIME suffers fatal heart attack.


PROMISING 11-year-old stallion Anytime has died of a heart attack. The son of Fairy King collapsed after covering his 20th mare for the current season.


David Makins, who imported Anytime in 2001, was understandably upset by the loss and said: "He was a happy horse and there was absolutely nothing obvious wrong with him. He ate up on the morning of his collapse and fully covered the mare. Then, out of the blue, he suffered a heart attack.’’


Makins acquired Anytime through bloodstock agent Alistair Brown and commented: "He was out the Chief Singer mare, Alidiva, who produced three Group 1 winners and three stallions. I am very keen on damlines and when we saw the quality of this pedigree, Anytime was an automatic choice.’’


Anytime proved to be an excellent value-for-money stallion and sired 22 winners last season, including Great Harry, Bang On Time and Great Eastern. He’s had four so far this term, including the Diane Stenger-trainer Freiburg, a three-year-old expected to go places.


Makins said: "I predicted 20 winners for Anytime last season and he gave us 22. This season we’re aiming at 30 winners and, hopefully, two feature races. I am happy to say that the shareholders were paid their first dividends and that Anytime was a financial success.’’


Anytime will be well represented at the sales this year, with another crop on its way. Makins was excited about a foal expected from Bridge Of Stars, the dam of star mare Jamaica.

Makins said that this was not the end of the road by far. "We are already looking for another stallion. This is a long and complicated affair and you have to be very careful in the selection process, but I have high hopes.”