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The Smart Look Laid to Rest

At the time of her death, The Smart Look had 24 money-earners on her Equi-Stat record. Of those two dozen performers, eight have surpassed her in lifetime earnings. Four of them have amassed records of more than $200,000 each, and her No. 1 performer – 2006 NCHA Super Stakes Open Champion Dual Smart Rey – boasts $330,436 as a cutter and more than $2.4 million on his sire record.

On Sept. 25, 2013, at the Strawn Valley Ranch Absolute Dispersal Sale in Weatherford, Texas, the hammer fell at $85,000 for The Smart Look and her Metallic Cat weanling filly. They found their new home at Wrigley Ranches in the Silverado on the Brazos development, where the sale was held in conjunction with the Brazos Bash. The Smart Look’s clone, Smart Look Classic, sold at the same venue and brought a $97,000 bid from Bobby and Dottie Hill. Western Bloodstock, the company managing the sale, reported it as the highest amount ever paid for a clone at public auction.

“We brought her back here and we just retired her. She had her own stall here and her own turnout pasture under some big Oak trees. She aged very well and didn’t look like a 28-year-old horse,” said James, the assistant ranch manager at Wrigley Ranches who developed a close relationship with The Smart Look. “She was a huge legacy and a superstar, and she [Wrigley] wanted the best for the mare.”

The Smart Look, whose final baby is the Metallic Cat foal she sold with, was cremated and will stay in the barn showroom at Wrigley Ranches. Her last daughter, now a 3-year-old in training with Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Tarin Rice, is aimed for the NCHA Futurity, and the ranch hopes to carry on The Smart Look’s legacy with their yearling clone of the mare, Im Smart Too.