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West Texas Futurity results

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Here are the results of the West Texas Futurity.

220.5 Hickorys Fancy Pepto, R: Cox, Lloyd; O: Cox, Matthew
m. (Pepto Doc Quixote x Hickorys Fancy Zan, by Doc’s Hickory)
Earned: $13,000

217.0 Kadabra Jess, R: Stewart, David; O: Karhan, Jim & Gay
g. (Abrakadabracre x Quixote Jessie, by Holidoc)
Earned: $10,500

216.5 Playin Poo, R: Wagner, Roger; O: Rock Creek Ranch
s. (Playdox x Poosmal, by Peptoboonsmal)
Earned: $9,500

215.0 Cat N Cal Bar, R: Clark, Jason; O: Costa, Armondo
m. (High Brow Cat x Snappers Koko, by Snapper Cal Bar)
Earned: $7,017

215.0 Lil Break Dancer 004, R: Payne, James; O: Cowan Select Horses
m. (Boonlight Dancer x Amy Breaky Oak, by Doc’s Oak)
Earned: $7,017

215.0 Catastrophic Playboy, R: Pounds, Kory; O: Nivens, Phillip
g. (High Brow Cat x Kings Lil Playmate, by Freckles Playboy)
Earned: $7,017

213.5 Smokin Boonlight, R: Czisny, Wayne; O: Polo Ranch
m. (Boonlight Dancer x Smokin Hickory Lena, by Smart Little Lena)
Earned: $3,900

213.0 Smr Poo Scootn Boogy, R: Emerton, Ryan; O: Rutherford, Mike Jr
s. (Smart Lil Scoot x Dual Poo, by Dual Pep)
Earned: $2,498

212.0 Cr Chickasha Royal, R: Oehlhof, Steve; O: Center Ranch
m. (Peptos Stylish Oak x Sr Smart Highbrow, by High Brow Hickory)
Earned: $1,400

211.5 Squeeze A Lil Boon, R: Cox, Lloyd; O: Himmel, Susan
m. (Mylanta Lena x Favorite Squeeze, by Cal Bar)
Earned: $1,400

211.0 Stylish Merada 004, R: Thompson, Craig; O: Evans, George
m. (Peptos Stylish Oak x Merada Star, by Freckles Merada)
Earned: $1,400

210.0 Playful Bodee, R: Mclamb, JB; O: Brewer Ranch
m. (Bodee Boonsmal x High Playgirl, by High Brow Hickory)
Earned: $1,400

203.0 A Rey Of Diamond, R: Allen, Clint; O: Homes, Syncon
m. (Dual Rey x Diamond J Oak, by Doc’s Oak)
Earned: $1,400

199.0 Laney O Taz, R: Thompson, Craig; O: Thompson, Glenn
s. (Pepto Taz x Laney O Lena, by Doc O’Lena)
Earned: $1,400

0.0 Pretty Rose Marie, R: Wheatley, Aaron; O: Waggoner, Jack & Susan
m.. (Pretty Boy Cat x Rose Marie Merada, by Freckles Merada)
Earned: $1,400

Cox for Cox in West Texas Futurity

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Matt Cox was concerned about Hickorys Fancy Pepto’s draw in the finals of the West Texas Futurity. Even though the Pepto Doc Quixote daughter is his first cutting horse, Cox knew enough about the sport to fear the “black” hole, until Danny Miller set him straight.

“There isn’t anybody I’d rather have ride a horse in the last spot than Lloyd Cox,” said Miller, referring to Matt’s cousin, who is one of the sport’s all-time leading riders.

Miller’s confidence was well founded. Hickorys Fancy Pepto and Lloyd Cox (pictured) scored 220.5 points from the last hole to win the West Texas Futurity. Kadabra Jess, under David Stewart, was second with 217 points.

“That was the first time she showed me some of the stuff that I knew she could do,” said Cox of Hickorys Fancy Pepto. “I was expecting her to be a little bit better in the go-rounds because she’d been good at the house. She just kind of got through her runs in the go-rounds (214 and 213), but I was more satisfied with her in the finals.”

Lloyd Cox and Matt Cox are cousins who grew up in the same small town in southeastern Missouri, not far from the Mississippi River. Matt, 37, a row crop farmer, remembers as a child seeing his grandfather Raymond Lloyd Cox’s trophy for the Missouri Arkansas Cutting Championship that he had won on a horse he called Snake. But most of all, Cox remembers the visits he liked to make to his Aunt Sunny and Uncle Glenn’s house to visit Lloyd.

“I really looked up to Lloyd,” said Matt. “He’s always had something special about him. He’s a great guy.”

A year ago this past spring, Matt visited Lloyd at his training facility in Fort Morgan, CO and Lloyd promised that if Matt found a horse, he would ride it for him. A few months later, Matt and his father, Jerry Cox, purchased Hickorys Fancy Pepto from Benny Lemons of Dexter, MO. Larry Garrett had started the filly for Lemons and recommended her to Matt Cox.

The filly is one of just four foals from the first crop of Pepto Doc Quixote, who is owned by Lemons. The Peptoboonsmal son was a 2002-2003 NCHA Futurity and Derby Open finalist and earner of $42,150. His dam is a Doc Quixote daughter out of NCHA Non-Pro World Champion Jae Bar Maisie, full sister to Open and Non-Pro World Champion Jae Bar Fletch.

Matt Miller, Danny Miller’s son, won the West Texas Non-Pro Futurity and the Non-Pro Gelding Finals with 228 and 225 points, respectively, riding Swimmin Dual, by Kit Dual, and placed fifth and sixth on Twisted Starlight and Sharkbait. He also won the Non-Pro Derby on Soda Rey Bay and placed third on Travs Scooter, his NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion and NCHA Derby Non-Pro reserve champion.

Lloyd Cox also placed as a West Texas Futurity finalist riding Squeeze A Lil Boon, sired by Mylanta Lena, for Susan Himmel, Greeley, CO. He was a Derby finalist riding three horses – CRR Smart Little Cat for Richard Mason; Bitty Little Lena for Lannie Mecom; and Playin Pistol (also a Derby Gelding finalist) for Carl Smith – and a Classic finalist with Reydiculous for ATL Cutting Horses and Halreycious (Super Stakes Classic champion) for Linda Holmes.

West Texas Derby finals

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Here are the results of the West Texas Derby Open finals held in Amarillo on August 18, with unofficial updated lifetime earnings.

225.0 Play Miss, R: Mitchell, John; O: Slate River Ranch
m. (Playgun x Missuma, by Smart Little Lena)
Earned: $11,200; LTE: $89,626

221.0 Hydrive Cat, R: Allen, Clint; O: Plummer, David
s. (High Brow Cat x Ruby Tuesday DNA, by Peppy San Badger)
Earned: $9,100; LTE: $262,222

218.5 Cats Quixote Jack, R: Pounds, Kory; O: Anderson Cattle Co
s. (High Brow Cat x Oh Cay With Me, by Oh Cay Quixote)
Earned: $7,850; LTE: $116,589

218.5 Wood I Never, R: Allen, Clint; O: Wrigley Ranches
m. (Zack T Wood x Curly Gray Hair, by Grays Starlight)
Earned: $7,850; LTE: $247,021

218.0 Cd Graceful Dual, R: Allen, Clint; O: Wrigley Ranches
s. (CD Olena x Graciela Dual, by Dual Pep)
Earned: $6,600; LTE: $103,229

217.0 Mates Irish Mist, R: Hall, Shannon; O: Fitzgerald, Pat
s. (Smart Mate x Hickory Badger Ina, by Doc’s Hickory)
Earned: $5,900; LTE: $60,316

216.0 Oaks Little Lena, R: Pounds, Kory; O: Smith, Carl & Shawnea
m. (Heavens Little Lena x Oaks Serendipity, by Doc’s Oak)
Earned: $5,050; LTE: $14,841

216.0 Crr Smart Little Cat, R: Cox, Lloyd; O: Mason, Richard & Fran
s. (Cats Rhett x Aristo Kate, by Smart Aristocrat)
Earned: $5,050; LTE: $27,326

215.5 Oh Cay Felix, R: Thompson, Craig; O: Collins, Patrick & Laura
g. (High Brow Cat x Oh Cay Shorty, by Shorty Lena)
Earned: $4,100; LTE: $304,571

215.0 Lucindas Catolena, R: Mclamb, JB; O: Aldridge Farm
m. (High Brow Cat x Lenas Lucinda, by Doc O’Lena)
Earned: $3,025; LTE: $167,581

215.0 Bitty Little Lena, R: Cox, Lloyd; O: Mecom, Lannie
m. (Smart Little Lena x Itty Bity Badge, by Playboys Badge)
Earned: $3,025; LTE: $174,422

214.5 Miss Dulce Boon, R: Bellenfant, Gary; O: Martin, Nancy Moses
m. (Peptoboonsmal x Sr Good And Sweet, by Doc Quixote)
Earned: $2,208; LTE: $21,668

214.0 Putcall, R: Flynn, Sean; O: Pinkston, John/lica
m. (Dual Pep x Quite The Cat, by High Brow Cat)
Earned: $1,400; LTE: $21,352

214.0 Hey Georgy Girl, R: Morine, Bruce; O: Moore, Ty
m. (Wild Thing DNA x Miss Sarah Solano, by Doc’s Solano)
Earned: $1,400; LTE: $66,291

213.5 A Lot Of Lookin, R: Stewart, David; O: Liles, Lu
s. (Peptoboonsmal x Smart Lookin Hi Brow, by High Brow Hickory)
Earned: $1,400; LTE: $3,598

213.0 Spoonful Of Rosie, R: Oehlhof, Steve; O: Shepard, William
m. (Hes A Peptospoonful x Freckle Rose, by Freckles Playboy)
Earned: $1,400; LTE: $5,534

212.5 Whitle Starlight, R: Payne, James; O: Polo Ranch
m. (Grays Starlight x Peppy Hickory San, by Doc’s Hickory)
Earned: $1,400; LTE: $13,043

212.0 Lil Pepto Scooter, R: Michels, Mark; O: Crystal Creek Ranch
s. (Smart Lil Scoot x Little Pepto Gal, by Peptoboonsmal)
Earned: $1,400; LTE: $5,089

212.0 Brave Red Feather, R: Wheatley, Aaron; O: Waggoner, Jack & Susan
g. (Cats Red Feather x Aristolcrat, by Smart Aristocrat)
Earned: $1,400; LTE: $7,389

211.0 Sdp Buffalo Bill, R: Smith, Greg; O: Plummer, David
s. (High Brow Cat x Ruby Tuesday DNA, by Peppy San Badger)
Earned: $1,400; LTE: $61,614

210.0 Dual Huntress, R: Thompson, Craig; O: Yelverton, Jerry
m. (Dual Pep x Smokin Huntress, by Smokin Jose)
Earned: $1,400; LTE: $18,405

209.0 Red Shady Cat, R: Flynn, Sean; O: Ingram, Mike
s. (High Brow Cat x Beckys Haida, by Haidas Little Pep)
Earned: $1,400; LTE: $18,634

208.0 Boonlights Lass, R: Payne, James; O: Cowan Select Horses
m. (Boonlight Dancer x Lovies Lass, by Grays Starlight)
Earned: $1,400; LTE: $9,421

0.0 Playin Pistol, R: Cox, Lloyd; O: Smith, Carl & Shawnea
g. (Smart Little Pistol x Play With Belles, by Freckles Playboy)
Earned: $700; LTE: $24,708

0.0 Bowmans Smart Lena, R: Oehlhof, Steve; O: St Nicks Pines
m. (Smart Little Lena x Bowmans Fancy, by Lenas Jewel Bars)
Earned: $700; LTE: $3,902

Separate Bet fastest qualifier to All American Derby

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Separate Bet continued his dominance at Ruidoso Downs this summer by setting the fastest qualifying time of :20.994 on Friday afternoon, to the Grade 1, $500,000 All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs. The 10 fastest qualifiers from the four trials are eligible to compete in the All American Derby on Sunday, September 2.

With Freddie Martinez aboard, Separate Bet defeated Dont Let Down by one-half of a length, while Valiant Hero finished third, another half-length back.

“He was bumped and Freddie just hand rode him,” said Separate Bet’s co-owner Jimmy Harrel. “We didn’t want to push him.”?

Separate Bet has been a tiger for trainer Paul Jones since returning to racing in June from a seven-month layoff. The Separatist-sired gelding has won each of his four starts, including the $448,000 Rainbow Derby. He also set a 400-yard track record of 19.18 while winning an allowance race by three lengths. He then won his Rainbow Derby trial by two-and-a-quarter lengths and the Rainbow Derby by nearly three lengths.

Bobby Cox-owned Dont Let Down and Valiant Hero, who followed Separate Bet over the finish line, had the second and third-fastest qualifying times. Dont Let Down won last fall’s Grade 1 Dash For Cash Futurity and was second in the Grade 1 Heritage Place Derby. Valiant Hero, a 2005 Ruidoso Horse Sale topper at $500,000, won the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity and the Heritage Place Derby.

Three top contenders failed to qualify for the Derby field: All American Futurity winner No Secrets Here finished third in the second trial. His time of :21.349 was the 11th-fastest. Okey Dokey Fantasy, winner of last fall’s $300,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship  clocked the 12th-fastest time, while Remember Me Rose, winner of the Grade  I1 Rainbow Derby, had the 14th fastest time.

2007 All American Derby Qualifiers:

Horse Trial Trainer Jockey Time
Separate Bet 1st Paul Jones Freddie Martinez 20.994
Dont Let Down 1st John Buchanan Juan Vasquez 21.068
Valiant Hero 1st Mike Joiner G.R. Carter Jr. 21.144
Feature For You 4th Sleepy Gilbreath Joe Martinez 21.146
Royce Rogers 2nd Sleepy Gilbreath Joe Martinez 21.172
Mightys First Call 4th Blane Wood JJ Gonzales II 21.175
Gus The Greek 4th Wes Giles Tony Guymon 21.219
Hiclass La Jolla 2nd John Buchanan Juan Vasquez 21.262
Ivory James 4th John Buchanan Juan Vasquez 21.274
Run Perry Run 3rd Carl Draper Bonifacio Perez 21.311

Heartswideopen sets 440-yard world record for females

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Heartswideopen, who by-passed the Rainbow Futurity following her gate-to-wire win in the $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity, commanded a 1 1/4-length victory and the fastest qualifying time of 20.921 for the $2 million 440-yard All American Quarter Horse Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, earlier today.

Her time is a world record for a female at 440-yards. A Long Goodbye holds the world record of 20.686 set at Sunland Park in 2005 with a 14-mile-per-hour tail wind.

The Carl Draper-trained filly broke on top from the six-hole and day lighted the field with confidence under rider Oscar Hernandez. Sure I Fly, a 35 to 1 shot ridden for trainer Todd Fincher by Bonifacio Perez, finished second, but was vanned off of the track. Captain Courage, under G.R. Carter, and SF Royal Bank, with Freddie Martinez, finishing third and fourth in the same trial, also qualified for the 10-horse All American Futurity finals on Labor Day, September 3.

Rainbox Futurity winner Wild Six, undefeated in six starts, posted the second-fastest qualifying time of 21.051, in the ninth trial under Tony Guymon for trainer Wes Giles.

Heartswideopen has been impressive in her 6-race career with five victories and a sixth-place finish in the $266,000 West Texas Futurity. The daughter of Feature Mr Jess and two time champion Dashing Phoebe was the fastest qualifier to the West Texas Futurity and the Ruidoso Futurity. She won her Ruidoso Futurity trial by three lengths in :17.335 for 350 yards, the fastest time from 16 trials. Her time in the All American trials earned her a speed rating of 102. No Secrets Here, who won the 2006 All American Futurity, set a new stakes record of 20.88; Strawkins holds the track record for 440 yards with 20.73.

Draper and Heartswideopen’s owners, Javier and Manny Rodriguez, elected to forfeit the chance for a $4 million All American Triple Crown bonus by sitting out the Rainbow Futurity trials in July, in order to have a fresh filly for the All American trials.

“It was my call to preserve a fast filly,” said Draper (pictured with Heartswideopen), who also conditioned 2004 All American Futurity winner and 2005 world champion DM Shicago. “That time helped her to develop. She is bigger, stronger and the layoff freshened her up. She’s a happy camper.”

Draper said that after the All American Futurity, Heartswideopen, a $60,0000 Ruidoso Select Sale yearling purchase, would be pointed toward the Los Alamitos Two Million on November 23 at Los Alamitos Race Course.

All American Futurity qualifers, in order of qualifying time: Heartswideopen 20.921; Wild Six 21.051; Sure I Fly 21.152; Coronas Fast Dash 21.183; Captain Courage 21.363; Strong Hope 21.402; Libbys Feature 21.414; SF Royal Bank 21.417; Greatful Heart 21.438; and Royal Holland Line 21.447.

Elvis lives

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

When he’s dressed all in black, some people think that tall and imposing Ben Emison looks like Johnny Cash. But it’s Elvis, who died 30 years ago today (Aug. 16, 1977), with whom this performance horse industry entrepreneur is most often identified.

More than 20 years ago, Emison, owner of Ben Emison Equine Insurance Company, enjoyed instant notoriety when he volunteered to perform as an Elvis impersonator in a skit benefiting National Cutting Horse Association-affiliated charities. A few years ago, he donned a wig and jumpsuit for a NYCHA benefit (top), and on July 11, 2007, he gave a command performance (photo with hat and another Elvis impersonator in background)) at a surprise 70th birthday party hosted by Bob and Nan Kingsley

Like the King, Emison spent his early years in Mississippi, where he trained and showed Quarter Horses for Thaggard Farms and fell in love with the sport of cutting.

“Cutting doesn’t have any barriers,” said Emison. “You can ride young, you can ride old. Just being able to compete on your own horse is what has made the sport. People enjoy being able to take off their business clothes and put on a hat and boots and spurs and just be Western. It’s exciting for everyone involved.”

Emison’s involvement with cutting is many-faceted. He is a partner with Milt Bradford and Jim Ware in Western Bloodstock, the company that produces sales for NCHA, including the NCHA Futurity Sales at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth. Over the years he has trained, shown and bred champion cutting horses; acquired an auctioneer’s license – he still takes up the gavel for charity functions; advised major breeders; and served as an NCHA director for 18 years and as an executive committee member for nine years.

Emison and his wife Jan live on a ranch in Weatherford, TX.

PRCA Horse of the Year Bad Motorscooter 1981-2007

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Two-time AQHA/PRCA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year Bad Motorscooter died of natural causes on the Powers Ranch in Sonora, Texas, on July 27.

“Scooter” won his two AQHA/PRCA Horse of the Year distinctions in 1998 and 2001. He carried Mike Smith to the world title in 1998, and Mickey Gee to the gold buckle in 1999.

“He weighed 1,000 pounds, and 500 of them were his heart,” said Jimmy Powers, Bad Motorscooter’s owner.

The little bay gelding’s heart was displayed at its best during the 1998 National Finals Rodeo. Though he stood just an inch taller than 14 hands, he carried five cowboys through all 10 rounds. Mike Smith, Herbert Theriot, Steve Duhon, Jeff Corbello and Kurt Goulding all rode Scooter at the 1998 NFR, and the quintet won three of the top five spots for the year and more than $255,000 in NFR prize money. Smith won the world championship, Theriot finished in the reserve spot, and Duhon finished fifth.

Bad Motorscooter, sired by 1973 Quarter racing world champion Truckle Feature out of Haughty Hussey, by Raise Your Glass TB, was bred by McDermott Ranch, Madisonville, TX. He was 26 when he died and was buried next to the practice arena on the Powers Ranch.