Archive for January, 2007

Racehorse Hall of Fame inductees

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Ruidoso Downs has announced the names of inductees into the 2007 Racehorse Hall of Fame. The roster includes owner and breeder Clarence Scharbauer Jr (pictured); trainer Charles “Bubba” Cascio; jockey and trainer Danny Cardoza; and world champion Vandy’s Flash.Clarence Scharbauer has been a prominent force in both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing for more than 60 years. He and his late wife Dorothy and daughter Pam owned the 1987 Kentucky Derby winner and 1988 Horse of the Year Alysheba.

Scharbauer, a third generation Midland, Texas rancher and oilman, bred 1954 and 1956 National Cutting Horse Association world champion Marion’s Girl and owned her sire, Silver Wimpy. He also raced five Quarter Horse champions, including Double Queen and Vim And Vigor, and served as president of the American Quarter Horse Association in 1975.

Scharbauer’s Valor Farm in Pilot Point, TX, is currently home to some of the Southwest’s top Thoroughbred stallions.

Texas native Bubba Cascio has trained six champions, including two-times world champion Dash For Cash, whose winning time of :21.17 seconds in the 1976 Champion Of Champions still stands as the 440-yard track record at Los Alamitos Race Course in southern California. Cascio also conditioned the 1983 world champion and Dash For Cash daughter Dashingly, who is still the all-time leading female Quarter race horse with $1.7 million in earnings.

Danny Cardoza, Pacines, CA, is the only individual to have both ridden and trained winners of $1 million races. He won the $1 million All American Futurity in 1979 aboard Pie In The Sky, and trained Dashing Knud and Your First Moon, back-to-back winners of the Los Alamitos Million.

Between 1970, when AQHA began compiling Quarter Horse racing statistics, and 1993, when he retired as a jockey, Cardoza rode 3,212 race winners and his mounts earned nearly $25 million. His wins included the All American Derby aboard Dashs Dream; the Kindergarten Futurity on First Down Dash; the Champion Of Champions with Gold Coast Express; and the Golden State Futurity on Dashingly.

Vandy’s Flash, the 1958 champion gelding and 1960 world champion running Quarter Horse, set the Los Alamitos 440-yard track record of :21.70 while winning the 1960 Los Alamitos Championship. But he is perhaps best known for setting the 350-yard Los Alamitos track record of :17.50, which stood for 18 years.

Vandy’s Flash, a gelded son of Vandy foaled in 1954, started 106 times over eight seasons, with 28 wins (eight stakes), 15 seconds (seven stakes) and 11 thirds (nine stakes).

Clarence Scharbauer Jr, Bubba Cascio, Danny Cardoza and Vandy’s Flash will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the historical New Mexico racetrack in June.

Barbaro euthanized

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Kentucky Derby Barbarowas euthanized today, following ongoing attempts to save his life after his breakdown in the Preakness Stakes. His owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, made the decision on the advice of veterinary surgeon Dean Richardson and were with the stallion this morning at the New Bolton Center of Veterinary Medicine.

Roy Jackson said that it would be difficult for Barbaro to go on without pain and that euthanization was the “right thing to do.”

Barbaro shattered his right hind leg at the start of the Preakness on May 20 and was rushed to the New Bolton Center, where he underwent extensive surgery. While the fractured leg began to mend, he developed laminitis in his weight-bearing left hind leg, which eventually required surgery.

Last week, an abscess developed in the right leg and more surgery was required on Saturday to insert two more steel pins to eliminate all weight bearing on the leg.

Rapp reigns in Augusta

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Phil Rapp won his eighth Augusta cutting championship last night with a 220-point win aboard My Guy Rey in the Augusta Open Futurity held at the James Brown Arena in Augusta, GA. The win came just an hour after Rapp was presented with the Equistat Award as last year’s leading money earner.

“We were early in the first bunch and I was fortunate to put a good solid run down,” said Rapp, who rides the Dual Rey-sired stallion for Georgian Charles Burger. “It was the type of situation where you kind of strike first and let everybody try to come do what they can. The cattle were a little numb and it was hard to get much of a challenge. That’s why you saw a lot of fourteens, fifteens and sixteens.”

Playful Ricochet, ridden by Sam Shepard for Marvine Ranch, Meeker, CO, scored 218.5 points late in the second bunch to claim the reserve championship. Bitty Little Lena, ridden by Lloyd Cox for Lannie Louise Mecom, was third with 217 points.

Rapp had scored 222.5 points on Thursday as reserve champion of the Augusta Open Classic on Dual Smart Rey, also sired by Dual Rey, and owned by Strawn Valley Ranch; he placed 10th with the stallion in the Western Horseman Cup on Saturday. He also placed four other horses in the Classic finals: Lil Pretty Richochet (5th); Reytilda (12th); Lil Lena Long Legs (19th); and Autumn Acre (21).

“Augusta has really been good to us,” said Rapp, who estimates that since 1991, he and his wife Mary Ann have together earned more than $600,000 at the Augusta Futurity, including the $96,110 they won at this year’s event.

On Thursday, Mary Ann placed as reserve champion of the Augusta Non-Pro Classic with 222 points on Reytilda, by Dual Rey, and tied for third with 218.5 on Lil Lena Long Legs, who she also placed sixth in the Western Horseman Open Cup. She was also a Non-Pro finalist last night on Tootsie Rey (17th).

Charles Burger, who owns a trucking company in Chatsworth, GA, purchased My Guy Rey as a long yearling during the EE Ranches Production Sale in Whitesboro, TX. The colt was started at Manion Ranch and sent to Rapp on Tommy Manion’s advice during the 2005 NCHA Futurity.

“We had a little trouble channeling his mind at first,” Rapp noted. “But he had a lot of talent and he’s matured well.

“We showed him at the NCHA Futurity, but just about everything that could go wrong went wrong. A cow ran out into the loping area, then I tied two cows together on my third cut and fought with them for 20 seconds and had a big miss. So we were eliminated from the Futurity in the first round.”

My Guy Rey was also a finalist in the Abilene Spectacular (29th).

Rapp was a non-pro rider in 1991, when he won the Augusta Non-Pro Futurity on Playboys Ruby. He claimed the Non-Pro Futurity again in 1994 on Tap O Lena, followed by Open and Non-Pro Classic wins in 1998 on Smart Little Jerry; the Non-Pro Classic on Pastels Smart Lena in 1999; the Non-Pro Futurity on Cats Full Measure in 2000; and the Open Futurity on Dulces Smart Lena in 2002.

At 37, Rapp is the sports all-time leading money earner with more than $4.9 million; Mary Ann has all-time earnings of $2.2 million.

Non-Pro title goes to Galyean

Wesley Galyean, 23, Ardmore, OK, claimed his second big win of the year with a 220-point, $19,127 victory in the Augusta Non-Pro Futurity, on Missing Addition by Little Trona. It was the first Augusta championship win for Galyean, whose father, trainer Jody Galyean, is a two-times Augusta champion.

Earlier this month, Wesley won the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Classic with Spots Hot, the stallion he rode to win the 2005 NCHA Open Futurity. He also placed third with Missing Addition in the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Futurity, an event won by his older brother Beau on Myles From Nowhere.

Jody Galyean rode Myles From Nowhere as a finalist (18th) in the Augusta Open Futurity; Wesley also tied for ninth in the Non-Pro on Shes Icing On The Cat, by High Brow Cat.

“She’s so cowy and she tries so hard,” said Galyean of Missing Addition, who he purchased from Painted Spring Farm last spring through trainer Brad Mitchell.

Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, TX, was Non-Pro reserve champion last night with 216 points on Frappuccino N Pasta, who he raised out of Cappucchino And Pasta, the horse he rode as reserve champion of the 2002 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Classic.

Sister CD captures Cup

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Sister CD, who Skip Queen rode on Thursday as Augusta Classic non-pro champion, won the Western Horseman Open Cup, presented by UBS, last night with 226 points under Paul Hansma (pictured right). It was the second time the 5-year-old gelding has claimed double titles at the same event. Last year, he won the NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes for Queen and was NCHA Super Stakes Open Gelding with Hansma.

“He’s a good individual,” said Hansma of Sister CD, who has earned over $350,000 in the past 12 months, including $52,500 at Augusta. “What’s fun is that he is Bar H bred and raised.”

Sister CD is by CD Olena out of Little Baby Sister, by Dual Pep. CD Olena and Dual Pep, both ranked high on the list of cutting’s all-time leading sires, are owned by Bar H Ranche, Weatherford, TX, managed by Paul Hansma.

Queen had qualified with Sister CD for the Western Horseman Non-Pro Cup, but opted to ride Rockin N Playing, after his 227-point win Thursday on Sister CD. “He’s a real physical little horse and doubling up takes a toll on them,” he explained.

Queen was non-pro reserve champion at last year’s Augusta Futurity on Sister CD, following Hansma’s win on the horse in the Abilene Spectacular. Two weeks ago, Queen and Sister CD took the non-pro reserve title in the Abilene Spectacular Classic.

Hansma’s wife Julie was reserve champion of the Western Horseman Non-Pro Cup with 219.5 points on Bob Dualin, by Dual Pep; high school senior Cole Rothwell, Abilene, TX, claimed the championship with 221.5 on Peppys Stylish Lena, by Docs Stylish Oak. Queen’s wife Elizabeth was also a non-pro finalist on CD Hombre, by CD Olena.

Highbrow Supercat, the 2005 NCHA Futurity winner, was Open Cup reserve champion with 224.5 points under Tommy Marvin for Paul Dean.

Woody is plenty tough

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Woody Be Tuff, the first horse to work in the Augusta Classic Non-Pro finals on Thursday evening, with owner Jill Peacock, came back two hours later, as the last horse in the first set of open competition, to win with 226 points under trainer Austin Shepard. Dual Smart Rey, ridden by Phil Rapp for Strawn Valley Ranch, took reserve with 222.5 points.

It was the first Augusta Futurity win for Shepard, who finished second in the 2005 Augusta Open Classic and Western Horseman’s Cup riding Widows Intentions for Jim Langdale, who won the Western Horseman Cup’s Non-Pro division that year. Shepard also tied for 13th place Thursday with 213 points aboard Show Biz Ben, owned by Becky Elliot, Estill, SC.

Peacock, who scored 213 points and placed 12th in Thursday night’s non-pro division, purchased the now 6-year-old Woody Be Tuff, by Nitas Wood, as a 3-year-old from breeder, Craig Crumpler, Wichita Falls, TX. Crumpler’s son, Dillon, started the the horse and Craig’s brother, Don, finished him.

Last year, Peacock showed Woody Be Tuff as a non-pro finalist in the Memphis Classic (5th), was reserve champion of the Bonanza Classic and the Cotton Stakes Classic; as well as a finalist in the NCHA Classic (7th).

“Nothing else feels like him,” said Peacock. “He’s just fun. Everybody should get a chance to ride a horse like him.”

Shepard claimed the reserve title on Woody Be Tuff at the 2006 Music City Classic and placed fifth on him in the 2006 Ike Hamilton Memorial Classic.

Queen trumps the field
Last year, Skip Queen and Sister CD claimed the reserve championship of the Augusta Non-Pro Futurity. This year they took the full title with a 227-point winning run. Mary Ann Rapp, who immediately preceded Queen as the seventh rider in the first bunch, scored 222 points on Reytilda for reserve.

Queen’s Augusta win on Sister CD came on the heels of the pair’s reserve championship run two weeks ago in the Abilene Spectacular. Trainer Paul Hansma will show the gelding Friday night in the $89,000 Western Horseman Cup presented by UBS.

With Thursday night’s winnings, Sister CD, bred by Bar H Ranche and sired by CD Olena, now has lifetime earnings of $319,915, which ranks him among cutting’s all-time leading money earners.

Jae Bar Fletch – 1980 to 2007

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

World champion Jae Bar Fletch, who many regarded as the greatest cutting horse to ever look through a bridle, was euthanized on Tuesday, January 23. The 27-year-old stallion had cancer of the sheath, according to Tom Tofell, Millsap, TX, who along with his wife Jan had cared for the horse for the past year.

“It was the hardest thing to do,” said Tofell, his voice breaking with emotion. “He’d look at you with that big old kind eye.”

The Tofells had hauled Jae Bar Fletch down the road for owner, Ernest Cannon, Madisonville, TX, when late trainer Kenny Patterson and Cannon won the National Cutting Horse Association open and non-pro world championships on the stallion in 1989 and 1991, respectively. Cannon and Jae Bar Fletch also claimed the non-pro reserve world championship with limited showing in 1992.

“The thing that always impressed me the most about the horse was his ability to stop and turn around and you were not quite sure that you saw it happen,” said Cannon. “It was all one fluid motion. It was like he just changed directions and never stopped.”

Jae Bar Fletch, who produced 2000 NCHA Futurity champion Royal Fletch from a limited number of foals, was the star resident at Cannon’s J Bar F Ranch in Paluxy, TX. But last year Cannon, an internationally recognized attorney, decided that the horse should once again be in the hands of the Tofells.

“He wanted him to spend his last years with us because we had taken care of him all those years,” explained Tofell. “We were in and out of our barn all day and he just loved it. He kept up with everything that came in and out. And he had an old sand trap that he loved to roll in and get real dirty. Then he’d come in and get a warm bath. That was part of his ritual every day.”

Jae Bar Fletch was cremated and his ashes will be scattered at J Bar F Ranch, as well as on the grave of Kenny Patterson. “He just meant the world to Kenny,” said Tofell. “That horse touched a lot of people’s lives.”

“He’s the best one I’ve ever had,” said Patterson in 1995. “I’ve never seen a horse that can do what he does. It makes it real hard to get on other horses, after I show him.”

Bred by John Wilkins, Geneva, NE, Jae Bar Fletch was sired by Doc’s Jack Sprat out of Jae Bar Lena, who produced one other foal. Jae Bar Maisie, a full sister to Jae Bar Fletch, was NCHA 1987 non-pro world champion under Kenny Patterson’s sister, Debbie Patterson, who manages DLR Stallion Station, home to current leading cutting sire High Brow Cat.

Look for a feature article on Jae Bar Fletch in the March issue of the Cutting Horse Chatter.

2006 Eclipse Award winners

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

South American-bred Invasor, who defeated favorite Bernardini in the Breeders Cup Classic on November 4, 2006, was named Horse of the Year during the Eclispe Awards ceremony on Monday, in Beverly Hills. Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who broke down in the Preakness Stakes consequently won by Bernardini, was acknowledged with a special award presented to his owners and the medical team at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, where Barbaro is still being treated.

For the first time in the 36-year history of the Eclipse Awards, the champion owner title was presented to owners of two individuals: Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stables, owners of Barbaro, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s Darby Stable, owner of Bernardini, who was also named champion 3-year-old colt.

Invasor, who won three G1 stakes races from four starts in 2006, is owned by Sheikh Hamden al Maktoum’s Shadwell Stable. Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamden are brothers from Dubai’s ruling family and have been leading buyers at Kentucky’s thoroughbred sales for the past decade. During last year’s Keeneland Yearling Sale, Sheikh Mohammed paid a record $11.7 million for a Kingmambo colt, breaking his own record of $9.7 million paid for a colt the previous year.

Edgar Prado, who rode Barbaro in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, was named champion jockey. Prado has been hailed for his quick action to steady Barbaro after his fall, in an effort to prevent further injury. Prado ranked second in 2006 purse earnings, with $19.8 million, behind Garrett Gomez, with $21.9 million.

2006 Eclipse Award Winners

  • Horse of the Year – Invasor, by Candy Stripes
  • Older Horse – Invasor, by Candy Stripes
  • 2-Year-Old Male – Street Sense, by Street Cry
  • 2-Year-Old Female – Dreaming of Anna, by Rahy
  • 3-Year-Old Male – Bernardini, by A.P. Indy
  • 3-Year-Old  Female – Wait a While, by Maria’s Mon
  • Older Female – Fleet Indian, by Indian Charlie
  • Turf Male – Miesque’s Approval, by Miesque’s Son
  • Turf Female – Ouija Board (GB), by Cape Cross
  • Sprinter – Thor’s Echo, by Swiss Yodeler
  • Steeplechase – McDynamo, by Dynaformer
  • Owner – Darley Stable and Lael Stables (tie)
  • Breeder – Adena Springs
  • Trainer – Todd Pletcher
  • Jockey – Edgar Prado
  • Apprentice Jockey – Julien Leparoux