2014 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale

September 2nd, 2014

Betchacantcatchme at $235,000

The 2014 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, held in three evening sessions preceding the running of the $1.9 million All American Futurity on Labor Day, September 1, saw an increase of 8% in average price over 2013.

From a catalog of 461 yearlings, 347 sales were completed for a total of $15,555,400, with an average price of $44,828, compared to $41,480 in 2013.

Thirty-nine yearlings sold for $100,000 or more, including sale topper Rip Tide, who brought $300,000 from Reliance Ranches, Llano, Tex. Consigned by Lazy E Ranches LLC, agent, the Corona Cartel-sired colt is out of stakes winner Little Surfer, by First Down Dash, a full sister to 2006 AQHA world champion Wave Carver, as well as two-times champion Ocean Runaway.

Lazy E Ranches, agent, was the sale’s leading consignor with 25 head that brought a total of $1,569,000 and an average of $62,760. Reliance Ranches LLC was the leading buyer with 14 purchases totaling $1,764,000.

Corona Cartel, the number one leading living sire of Quarter Horse money earners, was also the sale’s leading sire by average. His 25 yearlings sold for an average of $84,240.

The second and fourth highest sellers, Jess A Sweetie, at $260,000, and Devilwitha Bluedress, at $230,000, were purchased by AQHA president Johnny Trotter, Hereford, Tex.
Jess A Sweetie, by Apollitical Jess, is a half-sister to 3 stakes winners, including 2012 All American Futurity winner and world champion One Dashing Eagle, and was consigned by Allred Bros. Ranch LLC.
Devilwitha Bluedress, consigned by agent Belle Mere Farm, is a daughter of Corona Cartel and a full sister to 2007 world champion Blues Girl Too.

Dan and Jolene Urschel, Canadian, Tex., paid $235,000 for the third-highest seller, Betchacatcatchme, consigned by Dreams Come True Ranch, Nacogdoches, Tex. Sired by Tempting Dash, the sorrel colt is out of a half-sister to three-time AQHA champion Catchmeinyourdreams.

JM Miracle shines in All American Futurity

September 2nd, 2014

JM Miracle. Photo by Guy Harris.

“Bid, dueled, prevailed, vanned.” Those were the comments on official charts for JM Miracle, owned by Javier and Elsa Marquez’s J & M Farms, Monahans, Tex., following his win in the $2.6 million G1 All American Futurity, on Monday, September 1, at Ruidoso Downs. His time for the 440 yard dash was 21.380; the track record for the distance is 20.736, set by Strawkins in 2006.

“He warmed up pretty good, but he was a little excited in the gate,” said three-time All American Futurity winning rider Ramon Sanchez, who picked up the mount on JM Miracle when regular G.R. Carter Jr., who qualified four finalist, opted to ride Tempting Destiny. “He didn’t break in front, but he went to running. I switched (sticks) and we got the lead about midway. After that, he finish strong.”

Sent off at odds of 7 to 1, JM Miracle crossed the finish line by half-a-length and gaining. Mad About The Moon, a $5,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale graduate sired by First Moonflash and owned by David Valdez, Odessa, Tex., was second by a neck over Sam Crow, sired by Valiant Hero and owned by Terry Baber, Burkburnett, Tex.

“He’s tired; he’s exhausted,” said winning trainer Umberto Belloc, after JM Miracle was cooled with water following his win and given a ride to the barn in a van, as a precautionary measure.

A $40,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, JM Miracle was one of only two horses to qualify for the G1 $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity, the G1 $900,000 Rainbow Futurity, where he finished second, and the All American Futurity. Bodacious Eagle, who finished fifth in the All American, was the only other horse to qualify for all three futurities.

A gelded son of Volcom, JM Miracle is out of Lethal Delight, by Dean Miracle, and was bred by P.K. Thomas, who owns his sire, dam and second dam.

The order of finish for the All American Futurity: JM Miracle; Mad About the Moon; Sam Crow; Apollitical Blood; Bodacious Eagle; Exquisite Stride; Tempting Destiny; Thunderball B; and This Fire Is Cold. Im A Fancy PYC was scratched.

Too Flash For You wins $1.9 million All American Derby

September 1st, 2014

Too Flash For You

Too Flash For You, a gelded son of First Moonflash, upset favored G1 Rainbow Derby winner Houdini, to win the $1.9 million, 440-yard All American Derby, at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday, August 31.

Trained by Wes Giles, for Jose Espinosa and Michele Laird, and ridden by Larry Gamez, Too Flash For You broke smartly and crossed the wire in a time of 21.305, half-a-length over Five Bar Cartel, who was second by a neck over Houdini.

“When he heard that click and the gate opened…he left and was rolling,” said Gamez. “I just talked to my horse and asked him to go a little faster. When we hit the stretch and I saw that horse on the inside (Five Bar Cartel), I went to a left-handed (stick) and got another gear.”

It was the fourth consecutive win for the New Mexico-bred gelding, a $20,000 Ruidoso Select Sale purchase, who earned $806,772 to push his career earnings to $942,188.

“Everything came together,” said Giles. “We had lots of room and a clean break and the horse ran a huge race.

“We got banged around every time last year in the finals and he never had a chance. He’s had time to mature and this year the breaks have been coming our way. He’s got a big kick on the end, when he gets out of the gate.”

The All American Derby victory was the first $1 million-plus win for both Giles and Gamez. It has been a sensational summer for Giles, who also won the $900,000 Rainbow Futurity with Trendi, and finished second on Saturday with Jesscuzican, in the $200,000 G1 All American Gold Cup.

Five Bar Cartel, 2013 AQHA champion two-year-old colt, owned by San Gregorio Racing Stable and trained by J.J. Gonzales II, broke on the lead by a head, from the inside post position; Too Flash From You dug in from post six.

Following third-placed Houdini, in order, Big Dashing Perry; Mon Ti Dash; J Bar; Kates Dynasty; The Ultimate Eagle; and Down Side Magician completed the nine-horse finish.

Peptos Chic Olena takes Mercuria win

September 1st, 2014
Peptos Chic Olena

Todd Bimat on Peptos Chic Olena. Hitchhiker Productions photos.

Peptos Chic Olena and Todd Bimat marked 227 for a one-point win over Auspicious Cat in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Idaho Futurity on August 31. The win, worth $10,529, was the biggest yet for the 7-year-old daughter of Sweet Lil Pepto.

Peptos Chic Olena is owned by Lauren McIntire of Goleta, California. She was bred by Bruce and Connie Clark out of Chic Olenas Promise, a Smart Chic Olena mare from the family of $681,000 producer Quejanamia.

It was the first Mercuria win for Bimat, who won the Las Vegas Classic with Joes Last Cat, by High Brow Cat, on his way to Idaho.

Peptos Chic Olena has been a South Point Classic finalist and a Mercuria finalist at last year’s El Rancho Futurity with Ben Neasham. Bimat made the Mercuria finals with the mare at Las Vegas last month before the breakthrough in Idaho.

Sly Chance

Ashley Snider and Sly Chance.

Ashley Snider of Bluffdale, Texas and Sly Chance marked 228 to win the Non-Pro finals of the Mercuria NCHA World Series, earning $10,087.

Rieta Dufurrena was second with a 225 on Miss Ella Rey.

Snider had the second high score of 225 in the go-round, behind Dan Hansen’s 225 on Woody Be Lucky.

Sly Chance an Snider enjoyed a successful aged event career, with wins at the Bonanza, and Arbuckle Mountain (twice), as well as a reserve championship at the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Sly Chance was bred by Glade Knight by That Sly Ct out of Oaks Smart Chance, a Doc’s Oak mare that was an NCHA Futurity finalist with John Mitchell. Oaks Smart Chance’s second dam, Dox Smart Chance, was a full sister to Smart Little Lena.

With his latest win, 7-year-old Sly Chance has earned over $167,000.

Snider was marking the 10th anniversary of her win in the Idaho Derby with Instant Bucks. She has career earnings of more than $286.000.

Solid Results for 2014 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale

August 4th, 2014

Big Shoes To Phil

The 2014 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale, produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., preceded the NCHA Derby Finals on August 2, at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, and topped the 2013 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale with 87% completed sales, including a strong $33,300 average for the top five high sellers.

“We had the largest crowd ever at this Summer Spectacular Sale and a very strong market with 87 percent completed sales,” said Jeremy Barwick of Western Bloodstock Ltd. “Show horses were in demand, as well as prospects in training. But all ages sold well, which indicates an even stronger market in the near future.

“It seems like people are willing to sell and there are definitely buyers ready to buy,” Barwick added. “I was also pleased with the number of young stallions represented by the sale yearlings, which sold very well.

“Also, we definitely owe a debt of gratitude to Hard Eight BBQ, which catered a great lunch for a crowd of 600 people during the sale.”

The sale’s high sellers represented a full range of ages and sexes, including:

Big Shoes To Phil, a yearling stallion sired by High Brow Cat, was the sale topper at $40,000. Consigned by his breeder, Waco Bend Ranch, Big Shoes To Phil is out of Tapt Twice, an NCHA leading producer of earners of $1.2 million, including Big Shoes To Phil’s full sister, Dont Look Twice, NCHA Horse of the Year and earner of $823,504. Big Shoes To Phil was purchased by Renda Tillerson, Argyle, Tex.

CR Tuff Doc Olena, a 4-year-old gelding sired by Woody Be Tuff and consigned by his breeder, Center Ranch, was the second-highest seller at $35,000. Just hours following his sale to Renise Doerr, Katy, Tex., CR Tuff Doc Olena tied for eleventh place in the NCHA Derby under trainer Tarin Rice to earn $14,924 for a career total of $26,845.

Spoon My Desire, a 5-year-old mare sired by Hes A Peptospoonful, sold for $30,000 to Paula Overstreet, Weatherford, Tex. Consigned by J.E. Jumonville, Jr. and in training with Chris Johnsrud, Spoon My Desire, earner of $30,240, is half-sister to Desires Blue Trinity ($175,954), an NCHA Futurity and Derby open finalist, as well as Abilene Spectacular Derby Champion.

Here To Reymember, a 10-year-old gelding sired by Dual Rey and consigned by Jeff and Margaret McCoy, sold to Larry Knowlton, Heath, Tex., for $30,000. The NCHA earner of $147,721 and full brother to NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion Twice As Reycy ($198,361), Here To Reymember sold while in training with Casey Green.

West Coast Cat, a 3-year-old black stallion by Tomcat Chex, brought $30,000 from Robin Branch, Gladstone, Va. Consigned by Charles and Nancy Knight, West Coast Cat is out of Camolena Badger, a Top 10 NRCHA Open Futurity and AQHA World Junior Working Cow Horse. Originally trained by Larry Trocha, he sold in training with Clay Johnson.

The 2014 Summer Spectacular Sale grossed $822,600 on 95 horses sold for an average of $8,659. From the catalog of 109 horses, reserves of $140,700 on 14 head (an average of $10,050) were not attained.

The next sale on Western Bloodstock Ltd.’s calendar is the Western Fall Roundup, on September 6 in Texarkana, Ark. The Big Bash on the Brazos, will be held on Tuesday, September 23, at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Tex., the day before the Brazos Bash Futurity. All horses sell while working cattle. The NCHA Futurity Sales and Select Yearling Gala are scheduled for December 8-13 at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex.

For NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale results and details go to www.westernbloodstock.com.

Keep up with the NCHA Summer Spectacular

July 28th, 2014

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Keep up with all the news from the 2014 NCHA Summer Spectacular at dailychatter.info, written and edited by Sally Harrison.

Trendi scores upset over Kiss My Hocks in $900,000 Rainbow Futurity

July 21st, 2014

Trendi, at odds of 44-1, pulled off the upset of the year at Ruidoso Downs by handing number-one-ranked Quarter Horse runner Kiss My Hocks his first defeat, in the Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Futurity on Sunday afternoon .

Ridden by Larry Gamez, Trendi covered the 400 yards in :19.525 to defeat Kiss My Hocks by a neck. Eagle On The Fly finished third, one neck behind Kiss My Hocks.

“When I got her, she had already won (a maiden race at Delta Downs),” said trainer Wes Giles, who trains the 2-year-old filly for William Smith, who purchased her for $210,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

“If she would have run in the top-three I would have been happy, but you always want to win,” Giles added. “She can’t read, so she wasn’t worried (about Kiss My Hocks).”

Trendi won her first two starts, including her Ruidoso Futurity trial, but did not qualify for the Futurity. She next finished second to Logans Zoomin in their Rainbow Futurity trial, which produced the three-fastest qualifiers to the Futurity: Logans Zoomin, Trendi and Tempting Valor.

Kiss My Hocks, the 3-10 odds on Rainbow Futurity favorite, sustained his first setback after five-straight wins, including the G2 Sam Houston Futurity and the G1 $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity.

“He lost his footing (at the start) and stumbled into Jm Miracle,” said Kiss My Hocks’ rider, Cody Jensen, who won the Rainbow Derby with Houdini on Saturday. “Trendi was already gone and we just couldn’t run her down.”

Third-place finisher Eagle On The Fly, a daughter of One Famous Eagle, was trying for her third-straight win. She was a non-qualifying winner of her Ruidoso Futurity trial in her career debut and then won her Rainbow Futurity trial by one length.

Trendi’s full brother, Stolis Winner, won the 2008 Rainbow Futurity and then went on to win the All American Futurity and was named world champion as a two-year-old. Trendi and Stolis Winner are by Stoli and out of Veva Jean, by Runaway Winner.

The order of finish for the Rainbow Futurity: Trendi at 44-1; Kiss My Hocks at 3-10; Eagle On The Fly at 14-1; Bodacious Eagle at 12-1; Boi George at 28-1; Wild Sixes Cartel at 18-1; Tempting Valor at 36-1; Jm Miracle at 5-1; Logans Zoomin at 14-1.

 

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