Archive for November, 2007

NCHA Futurity Sires

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

With more than $4.2 million on the line, the 2007 NCI Building Systems NCHA Futurity has attracted entries from around the world. Besides the United States and Canada, there are contenders from Australia, Brazil, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, and Venezuela. More than 160 individual sires are represented among the Open entrants, from High Brow Cat with 72 offspring, down to 75 individual sires with a single hopeful each.

While the top 15 sires by number of entries claim more than half the field, it’s interesting to note that the offspring of 18 freshman sires comprise nearly one-quarter of the Open field, with 171 entrants. These are the NCHA Futurity sires whose first crop of American Quarter Horses appeared in 2004: (more…)

Leading LAE Riders of 2007

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Here’s a look at the leading riders of National Cutting Horse Association limited age event finalists for the 2007 calendar year. These standings are based on Open, Non-Pro, Amateur, Limited, Novice and Senior classes for major events held January 1 through November 11.

More than 970 individual riders have picked up checks in these finals. The top 40 riders by number of times in the finals (plus ties) are listed. (more…)

Record 15 wins in a row for Got Country Grip

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Two-time world champion Paint running horse Got Country Grip broke an all-time record for consecutive wins from starts with his 1 ¾-length victory Saturday, November 24 in the G1 Olympia Joe Paint & Appaloosa Handicap at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, TX. Quarter racing’s Josie’s Bar, Destiny Drummer and Pies Royal Request each earned 14 wins in a row but lost in their fifteenth start. Thoroughbred champions Citation, Cigar and Hallowed Dreams are tied with the North American record of 16 consecutive wins.

“He’s one helluva horse and I’m awfully proud of him,” said owner Jimmy Maddux of Weatherford, TX, of the 4-year-old solid bay Paint gelding trained by Brandon Parum of Jones, OK. “It’s been a long time since he ran.”

Got Country Grip’s last previous start was in the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Stakes at Remington Park on May 27, where he scored a 3-length victory.  “He just destroys these Paints,” said rider G.R. Carter. “He’s run some races that it would take one of those champion Quarter Horses to beat him.”

Carter, a six-time AQHA champion jockey, marveled at the 15 straight wins.  “The variables are against you,” he said. “In horse racing, you know something is bound to happen – that’s just the way it is. I don’t care what the competition is, this streak is one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen.” 
Said Maddux: “I’ve had a lot of good horses and most of the time they’ll beat themselves sooner or later. But ‘The Grip’ has overcome adversity and still won. Believe it or not, he’s had a bad race or two. In the Speedhorse Derby, a horse stepped on his rear foot and pulled his shoe off and half of his foot with it. It knocked him around sideways and he still won by daylight.” 

Nine of Got Country Grip’s 15 victories have come in stakes races and he has earnings of $247,500. “He does what he’s supposed to do,” said Maddux, who acquired the Country Quick Dash son as a weanling. “I was worried tonight because he’d been sick – he had a lung infection – and hadn’t run since May.

“We wanted to send him to Los Alamitos to race against Quarter Horses, but it got complicated and it wasn’t going to happen. We might have gotten him beat but that’s where the money is. It’s a shame to run a horse like this just three times a year; it’s not good for the horse. I guess we’ll take him back to Remington Park and try to break the big record (of Citation, Cigar and Hallowed Dreams). That’s our goal. We’ve had a lot of people try to buy him and pay a lot of money for him. But if anyone buys him, it’ll be a record price. We think a lot of this horse.” 

In addition to his unbeaten record, Got Country Grip holds the Paint Horse world record for 350 (:17.23 on June 9, 2006 at Fair Meadows) and 400 (:19.55 on April 30, 2006 at Remington Park) yards.

Following the Olympia Joe victory, Carter dashed from the winner’s circle to catch a flight from Dallas to Southern California to ride to horses in Saturday night’s Z Wayne Griffin Directors trials at Los Alamitos in Cypress, CA. Both Quarter Horses are contending for berths in the Grade 1, $500,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos on December 15.

Leading LAE Broodmare Sires of 2007

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

All-time leading sire Smart Little Lena is the leading grandsire of major National Cutting Horse Association limited age events in 2007. His daughters produced the winners of 35 major limited age events, and a grand total of 367 finalists.

Here’s a look at the leading maternal grandsires of National Cutting Horse Association limited age event finalists for the 2007 calendar year. These standings are based on Open, Non-Pro, Amateur, Limited, Novice and Senior classes for major events held January 1 through November 11. More than 3,800 checks were cut at these events and more than 350 sires have been represented by registered horses that finished in the money. The top grandsires by ranked by number of finalists are listed. (more…)

Record Keeneland November Sale

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

An internationally appealing catalog produced record sales of more than $340 million and a world-record $10.5 million broodmare at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, which ended Monday.
 
Gross receipts for the 15-day sale, held November 5-19, were a November Sale record, totaling $340,877,200. Keeneland surpassed the previous record gross of $317,666,000, established in November 1999, on the ninth day of selling. This year’s total sales marked an 8.6 percent increase from last year’s 14-day gross of $313,843,800.

The average price of $100,821, the second-highest in sale history, was up from $99,728 in 2006. The RNA rate was 22 percent, down 3.5 percent from last year.
 
“This sale was strong from beginning to end,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales. “The figures indicate that we are selling more horses to a wide range of people.”
 
Contributing to the increase was the sale of 39 horses for $1 million or more, equaling the record total sold during the 2000 November Sale. Last year, 27 horses topped the $1 million mark. Keeneland established a world-record price of $10.5 million for a broodmare on opening day when John Ferguson, on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, purchased 5-year-old G1 stakes winner Playful Act (Ire), by Sadler’s Wells. Ferguson led the buyer’s list, acquiring six horses for $19,450,000.
 
While foreign buyers maintained a presence at the top end of the market, American buyers accounted for more than half of the sale’s $1 million-dollar purchases, and two-thirds of total sales.
 
“Keeneland is unique in that we attract the broadest ‘buying bench’ of any auction house in the world,” noted Russell. “When you couple a very strong domestic market with this extraordinary influx of international buyers, it creates a ‘roiling boil’ that builds upon itself and produces great momentum even into the final days of the sale.”

Leading LAE Sires of 2007

Monday, November 19th, 2007

To anyone following the National Cutting Horse Association’s limited age event results, it’s no surprise that 2007 has been the Year of the Cat – again. High Brow Cat sired the winners of 61 major limited age events, and a grand total of 589 finalists. The record-breaking leading sire of money earners in 2006 will finish well clear of his rivals in terms of number of champions, number of reserves and number of finalists this year.

Here’s a look at the leading sires of National Cutting Horse Association limited age event finalists for the 2007 calendar year. These standings are based on Open, Non-Pro, Amateur, Limited, Novice and Senior classes for major events held January 1 through November 11. More than 3,800 checks were cut at these events and more than 285 sires have been represented by registered horses that finished in the money. The top sires by ranked by number of finalists are listed.

The listing has been updated periodically through the year. (more…)

Thoroughbred on U.S. Army “payroll” for 41 years

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

On Veteran’s Day, November 11, I wrote briefly about the role of horses and mules in World War I. Here’s a link to an excellent article about Pat, a Thoroughbred mustered into service in 1912 and buried with full honors at Fort Sam Houston in 1953.

The article was written by Paula Hunt, staff writer for the San Antonio Express-News. Here’s the link.