• Dennis Moreland Tack

Grade A for E

September 16th, 2017

Tatum Rice and Eazee E. Ted Petit photo.

Eazee E and Hall of Famer Tatum Rice marked 228 for a one-point win over Maid Of Metal in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at El Rancho Futurity September 15. Non-Pro Hall of Fame contestant Lauren Middleton took her division with a 222 on Sweet Reyvenge.

Eazee E’s $13,124 paycheck could move her into the lead in the World Championship standings with over $92,000. Deluxe Checks topped the standings with $90,997 for shows processed through September 15.

Bred by Frank and Belinda Vandersloot, Eazee E is a 7-year-old mare by High Brow Cat out of Zee Dualy, by Dual Pep. Zee Dualy earned more than $200,000. With Eazee E’s latest win, Zee Dualy has joined the ranks of million-dollar producers. She is also the dam of Hall of Fame Horse Smooth Asa Zee ($616,978).

Owner Kevin Knight bought Eazee E as a yearling for $49,000 at the 2011 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. Since then, the mare was reserve champion at the Brazos Bash, and was an Open finalist in 10 major limited age events. She also took a Non-Pro reserve championship at the West Texas Classic with Kylie Knight Rice.

In Mercuria World Series of Cutting competition, she has been a finalist five times prior to El Rancho, including this year at Houston, Pacific Coast Derby, Calgary and the Idaho Futurity.

Maid Of Metal, second in the Mercuria at El Rancho Futurity, is a 6-year-old mare by Metallic Cat out of Pretty Smart Kitty owned by Bitterroot Springs Ranch, and shown by Morgan Cromer. Last year, Cromer won the NCHA Super Stakes Classic with the mare.

Lauren Middleton on Sweet Reyvenge. Ted Petit photo.

Non-Pro Lauren Middleton of Weatherford, Texas, notched up her fourth Mercuria win with her 222 on Sweet Reyvenge. They had teamed up to win at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this year, and Middleton was also a two-time winner at Congress with Cees Little Poo.

Sweet Reyvenge was bred by Bobby and Francie Butler by Reys Dual Badger out of Sweet Camille, by Chicks Achy Braky. Last year, Middleton and Sweet Reyvenge won both Novice Non-Pro championships at the NCHA Eastern Nationals. They also placed second at the Pacific Coast Derby Mercuria this year.

Carol Ward and Spooked By A Cat marked 219 for second place in El Rancho’s Mercuria.

 

Cotton Stakes Open champions

September 13th, 2017

The Cotton Stakes in West Monroe, La., concluded its eight day slate on Sunday, September 10, after crowning  triple Futurity Open champions. A Wild Cat, with Dell Bell; La Bets Cash, under Austin Shepard; and Seven S Blue Rey, shown by Boyd Rice, all earned the top score of 219 points and $9,000, in the finals of the Cotton Stakes Open Futurity.

A Little Wild Cat LTE $10,411 also won the Cotton Stakes Futurity Open Limited. The Boon A Little daughter is owned by Lisa Crossen, Era, Tex., who showed her dam, Wild Cat Girl LTE $28,582, to win the amateur division of The Non-Pro Classic and the Arbuckle Mountain Classic in 2015.

La Bets Cash LTE 10,681 was also the Cotton Stakes Futurity Open Gelding co-champion. Owned by Les Ammons, Foley, Ala., the gelded son of Bet Hesa Cat is out of Hollys Holy Cash LTE $99,946 and a half-brother to Dontreynonmyparadesf LTE $46,157.

Seven S Blue Rey LTE $14,005, also the Cotton Stakes Futurity Open Gelding co-champion, is owned by Mike Gregory, Rociada, NM. The Stylish Rey gelding previously placed as an open finalist in the West Texas Futurity and Gelding division under Tarin Rice. Boyd Rice, who showed Seven S Blue Rey, also placed fourth with 218 points in the Cotton Stakes Futurity.

Lloyd Cox

Rider Lloyd Cox claimed the Cotton Stakes Open Derby with a 222-point championship win, worth $10,000, on Sweat Son LTE $38,415, also the Cotton Stakes Open Gelding champion, owned by Nick VandeSteeg, Santa Ynez, Calif. Cox also claimed the 221.5-point reserve championship on Second Spot LTE $241,874, the 2016 NCHA Futurity Open champion, owned by Barker Ranch, Madill, Okla., and tied with 219 points for fourth place on Nothing Elz Matters $73,087, the Bonanza 4-Year-Old champion, owned by David Puryear, Byromville, Ga. Altogether, Cox’s mounts earned $24,350, or 48 percent of the purse, in the Cotton Stakes Open Derby Finals, alone.

Cattys Hope LTE $192,717, owned by Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., winner of the Abilene Spectacular with Michael Cooper, placed third with 220.5 points in the Cotton Stakes Open Derby under Cooper.

Chromed Out Cat LTE $13,137, sired by High Brow Cat and shown by Geoffrey Sheehan for Beechfork Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., scored 224 points to claim the Cotton Stakes Classic Open championship and $9,000. Luck Xury LTE $42,274, by Im Countin Checks and shown by Bradey Davis for Lindy Wells, Madisonville, Tex., scored 221.5 points for reserve, while Tommies Playgirl LTE $75,853, sired by Thomas E Hughes and shown for Vick Etheridge, Corinth, Miss., by Steve Oehlhof, placed third with 220 points.

For compkete results from the 2017 Cotton Stakes visit cottonstakescutting.com.

 

Bob Byrd 1928-2017

September 9th, 2017

Bob Byrd. Photo by Sally Harrison

Bob Byrd, 88, the 1964 NCHA Futurity Co-Champion and a contestant and honoree in the NCHA Futurity 50th Anniversary Champions Cup in 2011, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 in Jayton, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, September 10 at Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home, 3101 College Avenue, Snyder, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, at the First Baptist Church, 110 Travis Street, Jayton, Tex. Burial will follow at Clairemont Cemetery.

Born on Sept. 11, 1928 to Charlie and Lizzie Byrd, Bob Byrd and Maricate Warren married in September 1951. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Maricate, two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Starkey and her husband, Skip, of Cross Plains, Tex., and Lori Chisum and her husband, George, of Jayton; one son, Barry Byrd and his wife, Renee, of Weatherford, Tex.; one brother, Jim Byrd of Post, Tex.; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch or a charity of choice.

Clean sweep for Padgett as Fly Baby Fly wins $3 million All American Futurity

September 4th, 2017

Fly Bay Fly, photo courtesy Ruidoso Downs

Over-looked with odds of 11-1, Fly Baby Fly, owned by Fly Baby Fly Partnership, Waverly, Texas and trained James Padgett II, powered past 8-5 favorite Bigg Daddy, on Monday, September 4 at Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico to win the $3 million All American Futurity by one and a-half lengths,  in :21.492.

“The filly always has trouble with the break and it takes a little while to start her running,” said Fly Baby Fly’s rider Jose Vallejo. “But today she put everything together. We knew she could run 440 and she proved it today. She got the lead probably at about 250 yards and then just pulled away.”

The 440-yard All American Futurity has the largest purse of any two-year-old race in North America.

“My horse beat the doors open,” said Bigg Daddy’s rider G.R. Carter Jr. “I couldn’t have dreamed that he could have left the gate any better and he ran a really good strong race. Give Fly Baby Fly credit. She just run me down and beat me. I’m real proud of my horse because he ran really well.”

Bigg Daddy, a New Mexico-bred gelding and $25,000 Ruidoso Yearling Sale graduate, is owned by Too For Too, Vado, N.M., and trained by Wes Giles. Hotstepper, a neck behind Bigg Daddy for third under Cody Jensen, is owned by Hubbard, Cope, Willis and Southway, and trained by Sleepy Gilbreath.

Fly Baby Fly, a daughter of One Famous Eagle, was a $180,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale graduate, bred by Julianna Hawn Holt, Blanco, Tex., out of champion two-year-old Higher Fire, the earner of $1.3 million. Fly Baby Fly, winner of the fourth of 14 All American Futurity trials, came into Monday’s race with three wins from five starts, and a fourth-place finish in the $1 million Rainbow Futurity.

On Saturday, prior to the All American Futurity, Fly Baby Fly’s half-brother, A Galaxy Guardian, by Corona Cartel, topped the All American Select Yearling Sale at $320,000. He was consigned by Julianna Hawn Holt and purchased by Judd Kearl.

The Labor Day Weekend at Ruidoso Downs offers Quarter Horse racing’s richest three-day venue. This year, trainer James Padgett broke the bank with wins in the All American Futurity; the $1.3 million All American Derby (Hold Air Hostage); the $200,000 All American Gold Cup (Jessies First Down); and the $200,000 All American Juvenile Jesse Lane).

Dominating win for Hold Air Hostage in All American Derby

September 3rd, 2017

Hold Air Hostage, Ruidoso Downs photo

Hold Air Hostage showed why he is the number-one-ranked older American Quarter Horse in the nation with total domination of his rivals in the Grade 1, $1,365,908 All American Derby on Sunday, September 3, at Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico.

Owned by Darling Farms, Lamont, Okla., Hold Air Hostage powered away from the 10-horse field to win by an easy two-and-one-quarter lengths in :21.231. One Sweet Racy, owned by Johnny Trotter, Hereford, Tex. and trained by Trey Wood, finished second by a neck over Duponte, owned by Bobby Cox and Homero and Kristen Paredes.

Hold Air Hostage’s win gave trainer James Padgett II and jockey Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo their second Grade I win of the afternoon. Two races earlier on the program, Padgett and Vallejo combined to win the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold with Jessies First Down.

“I don’t want to sound too confident or like I’m bragging, but as soon as he broke in front, it was over,” said Padgett of Hold Air Hostage, the fastest qualifier for the 440-yard race in :21.109. “The horse is a monster. He’s the fastest I’ve ever seen.”

The All American Derby was the fifth consecutive victory for Hold Air Hostage, a gelded son of Apollitical Jess and a $50,000 supplemental nominee to enter the Derby trials. He started his winning streak by taking the Grade 2, $297,000 Heritage Place Derby on June 3 and moved to the number-one position, after his one-and-three-quarter-length victory in the Grade 1, $1,150,000 Rainbow Derby on July 22. The All American Derby winner’s share of $573,681 boosted Hold Air Hostage’s career earnings to $1,214,143.

Third-place finisher Duponte, also from James Padgett’s barn, has been a force in the Grade 1 ranks since his two-year-old season. Last year, the American Runaway son won the Grade 1, $1-million Heritage Place Futurity. Duponte, the second fastest All American Derby qualifier with :21.441, was ridden by Jose Amador Alvarez.

James Padgett also has two entrants in Monday’s $3 million All American Futurity: Hawkeye, with a qualifying time of :21.807 and owned by Bobby Cox, Fort Worth, Tex., and Fly Baby Fly, with :21.902, owned by the Fly Baby Fly Partnership, Waverly, Tex.

For complete Ruidoso Downs’ information, go to www.raceruidoso.com.

 

Metalic Al wins big

September 3rd, 2017

Tom Shelly on Metalic Al. Scootemnshootem Photography.

Metalic Al, ridden by Tom Shelly for Metallic All LLC, Los Olivos, Calif., scored 225 points on Saturday, September 2, to win the ICHA Futurity Mercuria World Series Open Finals in Nampa, Idaho. Eazee E scored 220 points under Tatum Rice for second, while QB Cat, shown by Clint Allen, and Metallic Rebel, with Beau Galyean, each scored 219 points to split third and fourth-place money.

Metalic Al, a 7-year-old son of Metallic Cat and $90,000 NCHA Futurity Sale 2-year-old graduate, earned $10,970 for his win, increasing his lifetime earnings to $143,195. Shown exclusively by Shelly, primarily on the West Coast, Metalic Al won the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Limited Open and earned money in 14 limited age event finals including as reserve champion of the Pacific Coast Classic, the Las Vegas Derby, and the Pacific Coast Winter Roundup.

Tom Shelly’s first major win was the 1989 PCCHA Stakes on Awesome Oskar. Shelly has NCHA lifetime earnings of $579,330.

Eazee E was the ICHA Mercuria World Series go-round winner with 222 points. Owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight, Scottsdale, Ariz., the 7-year-old High Brow Cat daughter was reserve champion of the Mercuria World Series at the Calgary Stampede in July, and has also been a Mercuria finalist with Rice in the Pacific Coast Derby, the West Texas Futurity and in the Houston World Series. A three-quarter sister to NCHA Hall of Fame Horse Smooth Asa Zee LTE $616,000, including her ICHA World Series paycheck of $8,653, Eazee E is the career earner of $153,549.

Tatum Rice, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with $1,551,863, also shows Hashtags, the Idaho Derby champion and current top-earning NCHA 4-year-old of 2017.

QB Cat LTE $164,144, owned by David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex. and shown by Clint Allen, won the recent Mercuria Word Series event at the Calgary Stampede, and placed second in the 2017 World Series Mane Event. Sired by High Brow Cat and out of Quintan Blue LTE $594,000, QB Cat carried Stacie McDavid to non-pro limited age event reserve championships in the Brazos Bash Classic, the Tunica Futurity Classic, and the Pacific Coast Classic.

Clint Allen is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with career earnings of $4.5 million. He was reserve champion at last month’s West Texas Futurity riding Dmac Geisha Girl, also owned by the McDavids.

Metallic Rebel LTE $312,820, owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., is the current point leader for 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year. The 5-year-old Metallic Cat son, shown exclusively by Beau Galyean, has claimed four championship wins (NCHA Super Stakes Classic, Abilene Spectacular Classic , PCCHA Classic, and Arbuckle Mountain Classic)  in 2017 and four reserve championships, including the Idaho Futurity Classic.

Beau Galyean is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and earner of more than $3 million. He rode Metallic Rebel’s sire, Metallic Cat, and won a Mercuria World Series event on the stallion’s dam, Sweet Abra.

Ward wins Mercuria Non-Pro championship

September 3rd, 2017

Carol Ward on Spooked By A Cat. Scootemnshootem Photography.

Carol Ward, Rancho Murieta, Calif., scored 221 points on Spooked By A Cat to win the 2017 Idaho Cutting Horse Association Mercuria World Series Finals, on Saturday, September 2 in Nampa, Idaho.  Kylie Knight Rice, Weatherford, Tex., claimed second with 219 points on Snap Crackle Cat, while Katie Fonsen Young, Cloverdale, Calif., scored 216 points on For Instance for third.

Ward’s win, worth $10,823, boosted Spooked By A Cat’s lifetime total to $305,568. The 11-year-old gelding, sired by Cat Ichi and out of $1.4 million producer San Starlight, has carried Ward as a finalist in seven Mercuria Non-Pro Finals, including a win in the 2016 Calgary World Series and second-place in the 2016 ICHA World Series. He has also placed in six Open Mercuria Finals, most recently with Darren Simpkins in the 2017 Calgary World Series.

Ward, the NCHA earner of $822,600, won the 2017 NCHA Derby Unlimited Amateur Finals, as well as the Unlimited Amateur Gelding and Unlimited Amateur Senior this summer riding Crafty With Cows.

Katie Rice and Snap Crackle Cat placed as finalists in the 2017 NCHA Mercuria World Series at the Pacific Coast Derby, as well as the Mercuria World Series Mane Event. Eight-year-old gelding Snap Crackle Cat, by High Brow Cat, earned $8,542 for his finish in the Idaho World Series and has lifetime earnings of $164,314. Rice has NCHA earnings of $381,681.

Katie Young and 10-year-old gelding For Instance, by SR Instant Choice, made their debut as Non-Pro champions of the 2010 PCCHA Futurity. Since then they have garnered 14 wins in limited age divisions. For Instance earned $6,262 in the ICHA Mercia Finals and has career earnings of $130,083; Young is the NCHA earner of $300,831.