Dan Urschel, 1942 – 2014

September 17th, 2014

Dan Urschel and Pie In The Sky in 1984. Sally Harrison photo

Dan Urschel, 72, Canadian, Tex., passed away on September 16, 2014, after suffering a stroke on September 3. The longtime Quarter Horse race breeder and his wife, Jolene, owners of the 3 Bar D Ranch, campaigned two All American Futurity winners, including Special Effort, the only 2-year-old Triple Crown winner in Quarter racing history.

Cattleman D.F. Urschel, Dan Urschel’s grandfather, founded the 3 Bar D in the 1930s, and Urschel’s father and mother, Lester and Mary, moved from their home state of Kansas to manage the ranch in 1946, when Dan was three.

At a prominent race sale in 1965, the Urschels purchased two-time AQHA running champion Straw Flight, by Jack Straw TB, as well as the mare’s full sister, 1961 champion 3-year-old filly Fly Straw. Bred by Dan and Mary to Rocket Bar TB, Fly Straw produced Flying Rockette, winner of the 1973 Rainbow Futurity.

Flying Rockette, when bred to their 1979 All American Futurity winner Pie In The Sky, produced Fly In The Pie, who Dan and Jolene in turn bred to Special Effort and got stakes winner Strawfly Special, a leading sire of two All American Futurity winners, Streakin Flyer and Ausual Suspect, as well as world champion Tailor Fit.

In 1981, the Urschels paid $1 million for a 2-year-old Raise Your Glass TB colt named Special Effort, who had just qualified for the Kansas Futurity. At the time, it was the highest price ever paid for a Quarter Horse in training. In less than three months, immediately after he qualified for the All American Futurity, Special Effort was syndicated for $15 million. Upon retirement at three, Special Effort became one of Quarter racing’s leading sires and maternal grandsires.

In 1983, the Urschels held a dispersal sale at the 3 Bar D Ranch that included Flying Rockette, as well as a stellar roster of champion mares bred to either Special Effort or Pie In The Sky. The sale grossed $4.2 million.

Earlier this year, the Urschels acquired champion sire Desirio, a son of Strawfly Special, and just days before Dan was felled by his stroke, they were among the leading buyers at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, purchasing four 2015 race prospects for a total of $480,000.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Prime market for Western Fall Roundup Sale

September 8th, 2014

High seller Reynshine

Reynshine, a 9-year-old stallion sired by Dual Rey, brought $30,000, to top the inaugural Western Fall Roundup Sale, produced by Western Bloodstock at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Ark., on September 6, 2014.

Altogether, 107 lots of all ages, types, and breeds of Western performance horses, from an offering of 153 sold (70 percent) for an average of $3,652, with a top ten average of $12,140.

“It was a very good sale,” said Western Bloodstock’s Jeremy Barwick. “I felt we needed options to meet the needs of everyone and not just the owners who have cutting horses of the caliber that sell well in Fort Worth. I want to have a market for everyone, with a roster of sales that can accommodate everything from the $2,000 horse to the $500,000 horse.”

Reynshine, a 9-year-old stallion and earner of $118,807, was consigned by PJ Cutters LLC and purchased by Bill Coon, Spickard, MO. The Dual Rey son, the 2008 NCHA Futurity Ltd. Open Reserve Champion, sold while working cattle under trainer Clay Johnson.

Instant Cat was the high-selling gelding at $20,000. The 8-year-old son of High Brow Cat and NCHA earner of $40,894, was consigned by Kelsey Weeks and sold to Tom O’Neil, Monroe, La., while working cattle under trainer Clay Johnson.

Cutest Kitty Ever, a 5-year-old mare in training with Zach Combs, sold for $15,000 to Alan Chappell, Gainesville, Tex. The Smooth As A Cat daughter and NCHA money earner, whose second dam is all-time leading producer Royal Blue Boon, with earners of $2.46 million, was consigned by VP Cutting Horses LLC.

Spitfire Kitty, an NCHA amateur money earner was the high-selling 4-year-old at $8,800. The Athena Puddy Cat daughter, consigned by 3D Livestock, was purchased by Oswaldo Celis, Valencia, Venezuela.

Martha Josey, Karnack, Tex., purchased the high-selling 3-year-old, Look At This, for $8,200. The chestnut overo daughter of Gimme, shown working under trainer Brett Davis, was consigned by Johnny W. Brown.

Reydarluv, nominated for the NCHA Super Stakes, was the high-selling yearling at $8,000. Consigned by Rick and Shelly Mowery and purchased by Judy Walden, Buda, Tex., the red roan daughter of Boon A Little is out of a daughter of NCHA Futurity Open champion producer Some Kinda Playgirl.

The next sale on Western Bloodstock’s agenda is the Big Bash on the Brazos, for cutting horses from 2-years-old to six-years-old on cattle, Tuesday, September 23, at Silverado Arena, Weatherford, Tex. The NCHA Futurity Sale, for which entries are still being accepted, is scheduled for December 8 through 13 at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex.

The Western Winter Roundup, Saturday, January 10, at the Oklahoma State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, Okla., is the first sale on Western Bloodstock’s 2015 calendar. As with the Western Fall Roundup Sale it is for all ages, types, and breeds of Western performance horses, with a consignment fee of $250 and no pass out fee.

For consignment and schedule information, as well as early listings and online catalogs, go to www.westernbloodstock.com.

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.


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