Archive for September, 2006

Snoopy top dog at Brazos Bash

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

DMAC Snoop Dog, ridden by Gary Gonslaves, trumped a field of high cards to win the Brazos Bash Derby with 226 points, on Thursday, September 28. The CD Olena-sired gelding is owned by David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, TX.

Platinum Bob, ridden by Sean Flynn for Jody Hatchett, anteed up 222 points, as the first horse in the first bunch. The Bob Acre Doc son was NCHA Derby Amateur champion with Hackett in July.

DMAC Snoop Dog made his play midway through the second bunch, and NCHA Super Stakes champion Dual Smart Rey, ridden for Strawn Valley Ranch by Phil Rapp, scored 221 points late in the second set to split third and fourth with Royal Red Pepto, under Shannon Hall for Meredith McCullar.

Other celebrated finalists included 2005 NCHA Futurity Open champion Highbrow Supercat (10th); NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro champion and NCHA Derby reserve champion Sister CD (11/12 tie); MillionHeir champion Our Little Dyno (13/14 tie); and NCHA Super Stakes Open reserve champion Lil Lena Long Legs.

Friday saw the conclusion of Brazos Bash Non-Pro Futurity and Derby Non-Pro first go-round competition. Gail Hooper, Decatur, AL, topped Derby contenders with 222 points aboard Tummys Little Cat. Hooper was reserve champion of the Music City Non-Pro Derby on the High Brow Cat daughter; Austin Shepard also rode the mare as an Open finalist at the Brazos Bash.

Will Arthur (pictured), Turkey, NC, ranked first among first go-round Futurity competitors with 219 points on Sadie Jo Lena. Arthur won the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Ltd in July on Nurse Mate.

Billy Lacy placed second with 218 points riding Ariel Rey, winner of the West Texas Open Futurity under Kathy Daughn, and third-placed in the Brazos Bash Open Futurity.

Dualins First Choice proves right choice

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Dualins First Choice, ridden by Paul Hansma for Skip and Elizabeth Queen, Lipan, TX, scored 219 points to claim the 3-Year-Old Brazos Bash Open Futurity on September 27. The win was worth $20,000 for the SR Instant Choice daughter, who Elizabeth will ride in the first go-round of Non-Pro competition on Friday.

“You can’t force a win, but you can be prepared,” said Hansma. “That’s what we did. I watched the cows and had a good draw, and the mare was ready. I had a little bit of a rough cut on the second cow, but she handled it well.”

Dos Obodee, ridden by Lloyd Cox for William Alguire, Anna, TX, finished second with 218 points. The Bodee Boonsmal son had won the first go-round with 219 points. Dualins First Choice scored 216 points and 214.5, respectively, in the go-rounds.

Dualins First Choice, out of a daughter of Dualin Jewels, was bred by GCH Land & Cattle Company, who also bred and own Dualin Jewels, reserve champion of the 1997 NCHA Open Futurity. But Rickie Cox, who works for GCH Land & Cattle and who bred NCHA Open Derby champion and Super Stakes reserve champion Rockin By Choice (also ridden for the Queens by Hansma) had a hand in the alchemy that resulted in Dualins First Choice and her destiny.

“Rockin Playgirl (dam of Rockin By Choice) was a big, lanky mare and I wanted to shorten the babies and maybe make them a little shorter and quicker,” noted Cox, who owns the dam of Rockin By Choice. “And I chose SR Instant Choice because I thought he would do that. I used to watch him when he cut and I loved the way he worked – all bright and quick and low.”

Dualin One, the dam of Dualins First Choice, cracked her shoulder as a baby, so Cox made the decision to breed her as a 2-year-old and sent her to SR Instant Choice. Cox’s son Kyle started the filly and sold her to his client Linda Guyton, Whitt, TX. Then in February of this year, Rickie spent a few days with Kyle at his training facility in DeKalb, TX and had a chance to ride Dualins First Choice. When Skip Queen, who had purchased Rockin By Choice from Cox at two, at the NCHA Futurity Sales, called her later that week and asked if she knew about any good 3-year-old prospects, Cox told him about Dualins First Choice.

“I liked the way she felt,” said Hansma, who rode Dualins First Choice for the Queens prior to their purchase. “She felt talented – she could stop and watch a cow.”

It’s been a good show so far for Hansma, who at mid-year was the leading 2006 money earner. He also tied for reserve in the Brazos Classic riding Patrick LaDual, by Dual Pep, for Dub and Christy Leeth, Cleburne, TX.

“Anytime I can tie with Boon San Kitty, I’ll take it,” said Hansma, referring to the 222.5-point tie with Walton Ranch’s celebrated mare, ridden by Eddie Flynn. “That horse is really nice when you get a cow trapped in the middle of the pen. I picked some cattle that really worked for him. But I couldn’t have marked that, if I’d had the cattle that Boon San Kitty cut, because he’s just not that kind of athlete.”

Hansma also split ninth and tenth with 217.5 points on Glows, owned by the Queens, and eleventh with 217 on Bowmans Cat Man, owned by Matthews Cutting Horses, Warsaw, NC.

Former NCHA Open Futurity reserve champion Quintan Blue, ridden by Roger Wagner for Marvine Ranch, Meeker, CO, won the Classic with 226 points.

Keeneland sale a record-breaker

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Keeneland concluded its September Yearling Sale on Monday, September 25, with a world record for gross sales and a sale record for a yearling.

Gross receipts for the 14-day sale totaled $399,791,800, an increase of 4 percent over 2005. Record totals were driven in part by the sale of 32 yearlings that each sold for $1 million or more, highlighted by the sale of a Kingmambo-sired colt for $11.7 million to John Ferguson, on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum of Dubai. Consigned by Burleson Farms, the purchase eclipsed the previous record of $9.7 million paid last year by Sheikh Mohammed of Jilal. The Kingmambo colt, out of a stakes winning Seattle Slew daughter, was the second highest priced yearling sold at public auction, ranked just behind Seattle Dancer, who sold for a $13.1 million record at the 1985 Keeneland July Selected Yearling Sale.

“The select portion of this sale was stronger than last year and set the tone for the rest of the sale,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales. “However, the success of this sale was built on the middle market,” he added. “We graded deeper into the middle market this year and really made this a conformation class. Our consignors worked hard with us to understand and make adjustments, and they were rewarded with a stronger sale.”

The sale’s average price of $112,427 on 3,556 head was up 4 percent over the 2005 figures of $108,420 on 3,545 head, while the median rose 12.5 percent, from $40,000 to $45,000. 

“We saw great range and depth in terms of buyers this year,” Russell noted. “There was strong participation from both domestic and international pinhookers. And we were gratified to see horsemen from such countries as Russia, Sweden, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, among others.”

For the eighth consecutive year, John Ferguson, bloodstock advisor to Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum, topped the buyer’s list, signing the ticket for 12 of the 32 yearlings that brought $1 million or more. Counted among his purchases were the four highest priced yearlings – the record $11.7 million Kingmambo colt; a $9.2 million colt from the last crop of Danzig; a $8.2 million Storm Cat colt consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency; and a $5.7 million Mr. Greeley colt consigned by Vinery Ltd. Taylor Made Sales Agency led the consignor’s list, selling a total of 406 horses for $58,108,800.

Smart Little Uno 1988 – 2006

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Smart Little Uno, 1992 NCHA Open Super Stakes champion and sire of the earners of more than $1.6 million, had to be euthanized on August 22, at Strawn Valley Ranch, Strawn, TX.

Bred, trained, and shown by Tom Lyons, Smart Little Uno was one of three full siblings sired by Smart Little Lena produced in 1988 out of Doc’s Marmoset via the then relatively new embryo transfer technique. Lyons, who had shown Doc’s Marmoset, by Doc Bar, to win the NCHA Open Futurity (1974), the NCHA Open Derby and the NCHA World Championship (1981), said that he thought Smart Little Uno, by Smart Little Lena, was “as good a young horse” as he had ever ridden. The stallion’s 1988 full siblings, Smart Little Dos and Smart Little Tres, won the Will Rogers Futurity and the Pacific Coast Futurity, respectively.

Smart Little Uno was so named because he was a cryptorchid, but he sired 355 foals in 13 crops, including 130 performers with average earnings of more than $12,000. His top money earners included Barbies Little Uno, with $74,104, and Uno Ito, with $73,568.

Doc’s Marmoset, Smart Little Uno’s dam, was a full sister to Doc’s Oak, one of cutting’s second-generation foundation sires, who was also owned and shown by Lyons.

“He was a lot prettier horse than Marmoset or Oak,” said Lyons of Smart Little Uno. “He didn’t have the strength that the old mare (Doc’s Marmoset) had, but he was that kind of stopper and he had the Smart Little Lena quickness.

“And he was always scared of cattle,” he added. “His dad was the same way and so was his mom. I think that’s what makes some of those real good horses. They really care about those cattle, and when a cow turns and looks at them, they want to get away from them. Of course, they’ve got to have athletic ability, too.”

Lyons, also rode Miss Silver Pistol, 1986 Super Stakes reserve champion and dam of top cutting sires Playgun and Smart Little Pistol, and said that she also was “scared to death of cattle.”

Photo of Smart Little Uno by Sally Harrison

Rice covers the field

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Boyd Rice, 2005 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) world champion on Bobs Hickory Rio, leads the $1.1 million National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity open preliminaries, after the first two rounds of competition, in Reno, NV.

Rice is riding Playgun Sun Dual, a gray stallion by Playgun out of Dually Sunette, owned by Billy and Joan Brown, Spearman, TX. Last year, the 41-year-old trainer, also from Spearman, was the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open reserve champion aboard Playin Attraction, by Playin Stylish, owned by Burnett Ranches, Guthrie, TX.

With $103,722 earned under Rice, Playin Attraction was the leading money earner among NRCHA competitors in 2005.

Ranked third among NCHA’s top open riders in 2005, with earnings of $529,205, Rice has the pedigree of a champion. His father, Sonny Rice, won the 1986 NCHA Open World championship on Jazzote, owned by George Glover; his uncle, Ronnie Rice, is an all-time leading NCHA money earner and a two-time NCHA Open Futurity champion; and his cousin, Tag Rice, claimed the NCHA Triple Crown on Chiquita Pistol in 2003.

Plenty of cash in Brazos Bash

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

The $250,00-added Brazos Bash in Weatherford, TX, is off to a fast pace with open second go-round competition beginning on Tuesday, September 26. The first go-rounds of both the Open Derby and Open Classic saw some hot action with nine scores of 220 points or more in the Derby division and eight scores of 220 or more in the Classic (scores of 213.5 and 213 advanced, respectively).

DMAC Snoop Dog, ridden by Gary Gonsalves for David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, TX, won the first go-round of Derby competition with 224 points. The gelded son of CD Olena beat Sister CD, another CD Olena gelding, ridden by Paul Hansma for Skip Queen, by one point. Fantastic Cat, by High Brow Cat, and Reydiculous, by Dual Rey, each earned 222 points, ridden by David Stewart and Lloyd Cox, respectively.

Although “DMAC” is the trademark of McDavid bred horses, DMAC Snoop Dog was bred by Winston Hansma and Danny Motes, out of the Dual Pep daughter Graciela Dual, and the McDavid’s changed his name, after they purchased him.

“He had a female name and I didn’t want a gelding of that stature to have a girl’s name,” explained Stacie McDavid. “Gary said that his barn name was Snoopy because of the way he looks when he moves his eyes, so that’s where we got the name.”

Sister CD, whose name derives from his dam, Little Baby Sister, by Dual Pep, ranked second among all 2006 money earners in Equistat’s Mid-Year Statistics, with $291,091. His career highlights include the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro championship; the Super Stakes Open Gelding co-championship; and the NCHA Derby Open reserve championship.

Lil Pretty Richochet, ridden by Phil Rapp for Robert Graves, Hilton Head, SC, topped the Open Classic contenders with 225 points. The Smart Lil Ricochet daughter scored three points above second-placed Glows with Paul Hansma, Cat T Masterson with Tag Rice, and Quintan Blue with Roger Wagner.

The Brazos Bash continues through October 2.

Wine Country winners grow their own

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Winners of the three major Wine Country Cutting non-pro divisions on Sunday, September 24, in Paso Robles, CA, all rode horses that they bred and raised themselves.

Non-Pro Futurity champion Lainey Stroud, Paso Robles, claimed her title with 214 points aboard Cat Can Dual, by Cattin; Dana Heinrich, Clovis, CA, won the Non-Pro Derby with 218 on Precious Lil Pearl, by Travalena; and Kathryn Cardon, Caliente, CA, scored 220 points for the Non-Pro Classic championship riding Local Fox, by Smart As The Fox.

The Wine Country Cutting concluded on Monday, September 25 with the Amateur finals. Tracy Taylor, Yuba City, CA, scored 221 on Ill Be Invincible, by Ill Be Smart, to win the $250,000 Amateur Derby; while Paula Peterson took the $250,000 Amateur Classic with 222 points on Dualerina, by Dual Pep.

Jainet Gaines, Wilton, CA, won the $50,000 Amateur Derby on Style Awhile, by Playin Stylish, and Charles Roven, Los Olivos, CA, took the $50,000 Amateur Classic with 220 on Travs Smart Kit, by Kit Dual.