Bred: Edward P. Evans (Va.)
Sire: Smart Strike
Dam: Colonella, by Pleasant Colony
A maiden winner in his third start, Proud Strike was never far from the front in his two other attempts, finishing second and third. It took a route of distance for the colt to show his true potential, winning by 7 1/2 lengths in January 2013.
Sold for $240,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2011, Proud Strike is owned by Mike McCarty. By the sirte of Curlin and Lookin At Lucky, Proud Strike is a fully brother to Grade 3 winner Pleasant Strike and comes from the same family as Saint Liam.