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Sweet Lil Prime Time for PCCHA Futurity

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

A heady roster of limited age divisions worth a total of more than $647,000 drew contestants nationwide to Las Vegas’s South Point Equestrian Arena, for the PCCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity on October 4 through 13. The Futurity Open Finals, with a total of $154,865, offered the richest rewards and Texas owners, with seven of the 14 finalists, reaped the benefits.

Owners Jerry and Vickie Durant, Weatherford, Tex., dominated the 3-Year-Old Futurity Open Finals with Sweet Lil Prime Time and Metallic Legacy, the champion and reserve champion, respectively, and Little Swiss Rey, who split 10/11 in the 14-horse field.

Phil Hanson.

Durant-bred Sweet Lil Prime Time, by Sweet Lil Pepto out of Prime Time Kat, by High Brow Cat, scored 222 points for his $25,000 win under Phil Hanson, while Metallic Legacy, sired by Metallic Cat and purchased by the Durants at the 2016 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales, scored 218.5 points to earn $22,500 with Gary Gonsalves. Third-placed Haldou Do, sired by Halreycious, owned by Hanson Revocable Trust, Weatherford, Tex., and shown by Phil Hanson, earned $19,000. Hanson also showed Little Swiss Rey, and rode Roan To Da Bone for the Durants in the 4-Year-Old Derby Finals (8/9).

Rollz Royce LTE $158,604, sired by Dual Smart Rey and owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., scored 225 points with Beau Galyean to win the Derby Open championship and $14,000. Matt Miller and Megan Miller-owned Carolena Reyn LTE $189,855, also sired by Dual Smart Rey, claimed the reserve championship and $12,000 with 221.5 points under Matt Miller; and Taliate $160,787, sired by Metallic Cat and shown by Casey Green, placed third with 218.5 points for Bobby and Mary Jo Hawkins, Seguin, Tex. Green also split 5/7 in the Derby riding Rey Luis, by Dual Smart Rey, for Nancy Burkes, Hibbing, Minn.

In addition to his Derby win aboard Rollz Royce, Beau Galyean placed (10th) in the Derby on his own horse, Desiresomettalic, by Metallic Cat, and placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Classic with Rose Colored Rey, sired by Dual Rey and owned by Ellen Carter, Teton Village, Wyo., and Bet Yer Metallic, by Metallic Cat, owned by Jeffrey Neidhart, Farmington, NM.

Six-year-old Metallic Cat daughter Cromed Out Cat, LTE $238,770, the 2016 PCCHA 4-Year-Old champion and 2017 Classic reserve champion, won the Classic Open with 228 points under T.J. Good for Beechfork Ranch, Weatherford, Tex. Five-year-old Second Spot LTE $333,912, by Spots Hot, scored 224 points with Lloyd Cox to claim reserve for Gary and Shannon Barker, Madill, Okla., while Stylish Look Bella LTE $172,140, by Dual Smart Rey, placed third with 220.5 points under Morgan Cromer, for Marvin and Paulette Teixeira, Santa Maria, Calif.

T.J. Good also placed tenth in the Classic riding 5-year-old Tricked Ya, by Smooth As A Cat, for Bitterroot Ranch, Las Vegas, Nev , and was fourth in the Derby aboard Beechfork-owned Candi Cat, by High Brow Cat, as well as ninth in the Futurity with Stunner Cat, by Metallic Cat, for JLC Performance Horses, Marietta, Okla.

For complete results go to 2018 PCCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity

Dual Pep – 1985-2018

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Dual Pep, one of cutting’s most influential sires, passed away on Tuesday, September 25, at the age of 33. He had been in good health until his last day, and at the end his good friend Winston Hansma was there with him, “as he peacefully left this earth.”

Photo by John Brasseaux

Year after year, for more than two decades, Dual Pep offspring dominated the cutting charts, as do the offspring of his sons and daughters, today. On Sunday, September 23, Dual Pep’s daughter, Tears From Heaven, won the 2018 Brash Bash, making Dual Pep the oldest living sire ever to have a major cutting futurity champion. In addition, Stunner Cat and CDs Kual Gun, whose maternal granddams were sired by Dual Pep, placed second and third in the same event.

Bred by Nic-A-Lode Farms of Boise, Idaho, and sired by Peppy San Badger out of Miss Dual Doc, by Doc’s Remedy, Dual Pep claimed the open reserve championship of the 1989 Memphis Futurity for then owner Reidy Land & Cattle Company. Not long after that, Bobby Pidgeon, a beverage distributor from Memphis, Tenn., purchased him as a non-pro mount for himself, as well as for an open mount with Pat Earnheart. By the end of his show career, at six, Dual Pep’s official NCHA earnings stood at $302,054.

In 1991, Bobby Pidgeon established Bar H Ranche, Weatherford, Tex., as a training and breeding facility and hired Winston Hansma as manager and trainer. Dual Pep’s first crop of foals, born in 1991, included Smokin Dually, bred by Pidgeon’s Dogwwod Farms, trained by Hansma, and shown by Hansma and Pidgeon to earn $314,705. Olena Dually, also bred by Pidgeon and from Dual Pep’s first crop, was shown in the 1994 NCHA Futurity Open finals by Paul Hansma, who had joined his brother at Bar H Ranche. Olena Dually would go on to win acclaim for non-pro competitor Charles Spence and to earn $289,133.

Dual Pep’s leading money earner, and an all-time leading earner, with $812,942, was Dual Rey Me. Foaled in 1999 and shown by Jeremy Barwick, Dual Rey Me topped the NCHA Open World Championship standings in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

With offspring earnings of $24,032,926, Dual Pep ranks fifth on the roster of all-time leading sires and is the only stallion among the top five with a son on the list – Dual Rey, with offspring earnings of $36,790,588, who died earlier this year.

Hashtags connects with another win

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Tatum Rice on Hashtags. Hart Photography.

Hashtags, leader in 2018 NCHA Open World Standings, claimed his fourth limited age win of the year on Monday with 226 points in the El Rancho Futurity. Owned by Hashtag Ventures of Weatherford, Texas, 5-year-old Hashtags, a stallion sired by Metallic Cat, was bred by Jim Haworth and is shown by Hall of Fame Rider Tatum Rice.

Ichis My Choice, 2016 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, sired by Cat Ichi, earned the reserve championship with 224 points under Grant Setnicka for J Five Horse Ranch Mgmt, Weatherford, Tex. The 6-year-old Cat Ichi daughter has lifetime earnings of over $414,000.

Bet Shes Smooth, bred and owned by Oxbow Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., scored 221.5 to place third with Lindy Burch. Sired by Smooth As A Cat, 6-year-old Bet Shes Smooth, with earnings of $122,702, was reserve champion of the 2015 NCHA Futurity under Burch. Her dam, Bet Yer Blue Boons, won the 2000 NCHA World Championship, as well as the 2000 and 1997 World Finals with Burch, and has produced earners of over $1.1 million, including five that have each earned $100,000 or more.

Hashtags, earner of $424,430, ranks second among Metallic Cat’s all-time money earners. Out of Dual Rey Tag, a daughter of NCHA Super Stakes champion Playin Tag, Hashtags has bankrolled more than $169,000 in the 2018 calendar year with limited age event wins at the Breeders Invitational, Bonanza, Idaho and El Rancho. In the weekend column, he scored Mercuria World Series wins at the Calgary Stampede and the Idaho Futurity, as well as reserve at the West Texas Futurity. Later this week he will also contend in the El Ranch/NCHA Mercuria Open.

2018 Cotton Stakes: “If you build it, they will come.”

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Cotton Stakes Open and Intermediate Open Derby champion Metallic Alley,
ridden by Brad Mitchell. Hart Photography.

It wasn’t a ballpark that architects of the new NCHA class restructure had in mind. But they hit a home run with the new program, which was instated by show management for the 2018 Cotton Stakes, held Sept. 1 through Sept. 9, at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La.

The Cotton Stakes realized a dramatic increase in entries as a result of the addition of an Intermediate Level for all divisions. As an example, preliminary results show that 96 horses competed in the first go-round of this year’s Cotton Stakes Classic Open, as compared with 46 who competed in 2017. In addition, 65 of those 96 horses were also entered in one or more of the Intermediate divisions (to be eligible for the Intermediate Level, a horse’s rider cannot be on the Top 100 Rider list for that division).

More Cotton Stakes entries also translated to bigger payouts. 2018 Cotton Stakes Classic Open champion, Somethingtobelievein, sired by Hydrive Cat and shown by her owner Brett McGlothlin, earned $11,000 for the win compared to last year’s champion, Chromed Out Cat, with a $9,000 payout. Additionally, McGlothlin  and Somethingtobelievein earned $5,500 as Classic Open Intermediate champions.

In the Cotton Stakes Derby, Metallic Alley, shown by Brad Mitchell for Dennis Levering, also made an Open/Intermediate sweep. Altogether, the Metallic Cat daughter earned $16,000, with $10,000 for the Derby Open win and $6,000 for the Open Intermediate win.

Money won at the Cotton Stakes also counts toward the 2018 NCHA Horse of the Year race and this year’s Derby saw the top five contenders – Cool N Hot, Dual Reyish, Rollz Royce, Blackish, and The Animal – among its finalists.

For complete results and additional information for the 2018 Cotton Stakes go to https://cottonstakescutting.com/index.asp

Apocalyptical Jess Wins All American Futurity

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

All American Futurity finish. Gay Harris photo

Sent off as the 5-2 second favorite, following a three and one-quarter lengths win in his All American trail, Apocalyptical Jess broke sharply to win the $3 million All American Futurity wire-to-wire by three-quarters of a length over second-placed Im Jess Special V. No Mires A La Luna was another nose back for third. Raul Ramirez Jr. rode Apocalyptical Jess over the 440 yards in :21.393 to take the 60th running of Quarter Horse racing’s showcase event.

Owned by Bill Robbins, Apocalyptical Jess gave trainer Blane Wood his first All American Futurity win. Blane Wood and his father Leo are the only father-son pair to have both won the All American Futurity. Leo Wood won the 1979 All American Futurity with Dan and Jolene Urschel’s Pie In The Sky.

“It’s more than I hoped for,” said Blane Wood. “We’ve been trying to do this for a long time. It’s the whole team.”

Im Jess Special V, a gelding by Jess Lips, had placed fifth in the $1 million Ruidoso Futurity and was second in his All American Futurity trial. Agustin Silva was aboard Im Jess Special V for trainer Toby Keeton and owner Valeria Racing Stables.

Maiden gelding No Mires a La Luna, by First Moonflash, was sent off by trainer Trey Ellis for owners David Valdez and Bryon Woodard and ridden by Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo.

Rainbow Futurity winner Mm Fourinthemorning, the 7-5 favorite finished fifth.

Ruidoso Super Select Sale Session 3

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Good Candy P at $340,000

The Ruidoso Super Select Yearling Sale’s three-session run concluded on Sunday night with an average of $46,580 – an 8.7% increase over the 2017 offering. The Sunday night session averaged $51,739 – a 12.2% increase over the final night of the 2017 sale.

Leading the sale and the Sunday night offering,  at $340,000, was Good Candy P, a son of Good Reason SA, out of a stakes-winning half-sister to champion and All American Futurity winner Jess Good Candy. Jess Good Candy, the undefeated career earner of $2,014,703, is also sired by Good Reason SA.

Good Candy P was consigned by Lazy E Ranch LLC, agent for Michael Pohl, and purchased by Don Cavenaugh, who also bought A Sweet Jess, half-brother to world champion One Dashing Eagle, for $300,000 on Friday, in Session 1. Also selling in Session 3, on Sunday night, were three yearlings that each brought $230,000, as well as eight yearlings that brought at least $200,000 each.

Jessafamouslady, consigned by Grant Farms LLC, sold for $230,000 on a bid from Reliance Ranches LLC. The Mr Jess Perry-sired filly is out of Famous Corona Lady, the dam of Ruidoso Futurity third-place finisher Jest Famous.

Jess Sumokin Hot, consigned by Roger Day, agent for Corner K Quarter Horses, also brought $230,000. The Apollitical Jess son is out of stakes winner and stakes-winning producer Sumokin, a half-sister to 2018 Ruidoso Futurity winner Blue Corazon, and was purchased by Paragon Farms LLC.

The third $230,000 yearling, Mr Tres Points, a son of Mr Jess Perry out of multiple stakes winner Tres Of Linda, was consigned by Lazy E Ranch, agent for McColee Land and Livestock, and purchased by Newman Cattle Company.

Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale – Session 1

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

A Sweet Jess at $300,000

Ruidoso Downs, NM, August 31
The opening session of the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale saw A Sweet Jess, a half-brother to World Champion One Dashing Eagle, bring the top price of $300,000.

Consigned by Roger Daly, agent for Allred Bros. Ranch, and purchased by Don Cavenaugh, Walnut Ridge, Ark., A Sweet Jess, by AQHA World Champion Apollitical Jess, is a half-brother to World Champion One Dashing Eagle, out of One Sweet Dash, dam of 11 winners from 17 starters. Cavenaugh also paid $90,000 for Three Fancy Socks, by PYC Paint Your Wagon.

Mr Jess Perry sons Mr Ricks and Jess Different brought $240,000 and $220,000, respectively, the second and third highest prices from the session. Mr Ricks, out of stakes winner and stakes producer Aquafina, was consigned by Lazy E Ranch, agent for McColee Land & Livestock, LLC, and purchased by Reliance Ranches, Guthrie, Oakla.

Jess Different, purchased by Dillon Lane, shares the same second dam, Broodmare of the Year Runaway Wave, as Mr Ricks, and was also consigned by Lazy E Ranch, agent for McColee Land & Livestock, LLC.

The Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale resumes on Saturday evening, September 1, following the races; the third and final session is on Sunday, September 2.