American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile)’s trusty sidekick during his racing days, a pony named Smokey, will be offered at public auction Saturday, Dec. 5, in Fort Worth, TX. The buckskin Quarter Horse gained fame as he accompanied the Triple Crown winner to engagements around the country in 2015. Smokey was often photographed with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert or his assistant, Jimmy Barnes, in the saddle.
Standing at just 14.3 hands, the now 11-year-old gelding will be sold by Twombly Performance Horses, a renowned ranch horse operation in the Quarter Horse world that specializes in roping and reining horses. The Twombly family offers two sales a year. Smokey, whose registered name is This Whiz Shines, will be sold as a partnership between the Twombly and Baffert families, with the proceeds to be donated to Old Friends. Click to see Smokey’s catalogue page.