Archive for January, 2008

Play Miss on target at Tunica

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Play Miss, who placed third to Copaspepto and Hydrive Cat in last year’s Memphis Futurity, defeated both horses in the 2008 Tunica (formerly Memphis) 5/6 Classic tonight. Ridden by John Mitchell for Slate River Ranch, the 5-year-old Playgun daughter scored 223.5 points for a $20,000 share of the purse. Pet Squirrel, ridden by Roger Wagner, placed second with 220.5 points.

Pet Squirrel had won the first go-round with 219.5 points, but Sophisticated Catt, with Phil Hanson, claimed the second round with 221 and tallied 440 points for high cumulative. Play Miss and Pet Squirrel ranked among the top 10 (from 28 finals qualifiers) with 434.5 and 433.5.

Play Miss entered the Tunica Classic with $102,499 in earnings, $41,000 of which came as the reserve champion to Wood I Never in the 2007 NCHA Derby.

Roger Wagner, who rides Pet Squirrel for Jim Vangilder, also scored 219 on Justa Lil Freck to split 3/4 with Faith In My Cat, and 218 on Dont Hick Up to split 5/7 with Shes Icing Onthecat and Taylor Maid Cat.

Tunica winnings increased Pet Squirrel’s earnings to just under the $300,000 mark. The 6-year-old Playdox daughter, out of Squirrel Tooth Alice, by CD Olena, has won seven major open and non-pro events. She was bred by Glade Knight, owner of Slate River Ranch and Play Miss, as well as Playdox and Bobs Freckles, sire of Justa Lil Freck and Dont Hick Up.

Copaspepto, recent winner of the Augusta 5/6 Classic, scored 212 as the seventh horse to work in the 14-horse first set; Play Miss worked sixth in the second set; Pet Squirrel drew 13th in the first.

Here’s a look at the finalists in the Tunica Open Classic: (more…)

2008 Tunica Classic Open

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Earned: $20,000


Average up, repurchases down at Heritage Place Winter Sale

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

The Winter Mixed Breed Racehorse Sale at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City, January 19-22, 2008, saw an average price increase of 17 percent over the 2007 sale. The average price of $10,099 on 712 head of Quarter Horses represented a 23 percent jump. In addition, just 11 percent of the 1,103-lot catalog, which also included Thoroughbreds and Paint Horses, were repurchases.

“I haven’t seen that many people there in ten years,” said Quarter Horse breeder Dee Raper. “The biggest thing was that buybacks were lower. That figure is normally about 25 percent.”

The sale topper at $125,000 – one of five lots to sell for $100,000 or more – was an in utero First Down Dash foal out of Runaway Wave, by Runaway Winner. Consigned by Lucas racing, it was purchased by Ray Willis of New Mexico. Four-year-old mare A Shot Of Glory brought $122,000 from Lyle Guillory. The Strawfly Special daughter was consigned by P.K. Thomas.

Gross sales of $8.7 million were down from $9 million in 2007, but there were 326 fewer lots to sell.

“We were down slightly in gross sales, but that was because we had 1,433 horses last year and wanted to reduce it to about 1,100,” said Heritage Place general manager Jeff Tebow. “We just don’t have the facility and the infrastructure to sell that many. It worked out well. We broke the sale up into different sessions, based on breeds. We had Quarter Horse the first two and a-half days and Paints and Thoroughbreds on Saturday afternoon.

Barbaro to become first horse interred at Churchill Downs

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Churchill Downs has been selected as the final resting place for 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who was euthanized on Jan. 29, 2007, after a lengthy battle with laminitis. The announcement was made today by Barbaro’s owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, at a Churchill Downs news conference.

Barbaro’s ashes will be interred outside of Gate 1 at Churchill Downs. The site, currently used as a garden, will be open to the public and will include a larger-than-life-sized bronze statue of the Kentucky Derby winner.

“Churchill Downs is deeply honored to be selected as the final resting place for Barbaro, who first captured our hearts with his impressive win in the 132nd Kentucky Derby and who demonstrated strength and determination in his long battle to overcome both injury and illness,” said Steve Sexton, president of Churchill Downs. “Barbaro took his place in history on the first Saturday in May 2006 with a brilliant Kentucky Derby victory, but his accomplishments as a racehorse are certainly rivaled by the courage and resolve he displayed after his injury. We are grateful to the Jacksons for entrusting their beloved Derby champion to us.”

The Jacksons plan to make a final decision on the sculptor and statue design in the next few months. Churchill Downs anticipates the formal unveiling and dedication of the Barbaro memorial site sometime in 2009.

“Gretchen and I are pleased to be collaborating with Churchill Downs in this wonderful project,” said Roy Jackson. “We have spent much time thinking about Barbaro’s memorial and where it would be best placed. Churchill Downs became the obvious site for us. It was here that he ran his best race.”

Barbaro will be the first horse interred on the grounds of Churchill Downs. The adjacent Kentucky Derby Museum contains the remains of four Kentucky Derby winners: Sunny’s Halo (1983), Carry Back (1961), Swaps (1955), and Broker’s Tip (1933).

Double dose of Cats Quixote Jack

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Cats Quixote Jack claimed a rare double championship last Friday with wins in both the Western Horseman Open and Non-Pro Cups, presented by Gist Silversmiths on finals weekend of the Augusta Futurity. The 5-year-old son of High Brow Cat scored 226 points in the open with Kory Pounds, and 222 in the non-pro with owner Michelle Anderson. The $35,000 in prize money increased his lifetime total to $159,267.

It was Anderson’s first time to show at Augusta and her first time to show Cats Quixote Jack since she won the NCHA Non-Pro Derby on him last summer. “It felt just right again,” she said. “He was right on target. He’s unreal to me.”

Anderson and Cats Quixote Jack were also champions of the 2007 NCHA Super Stakes Limited, and Anderson rode Fat Cat Named Jack as champion of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited. (more…)

NCHA Futurity champ claims Augusta title

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

NCHA Futurity champion High Brow CD, ridden by Austin Shepard for Arthur Noble, held his ground as reigning money earner from the crop of 2004, with a 222-point victory, worth $30,000, in the 2008 Augusta Futurity. The High Brow Cat son, out of a CD Olena daughter, qualified for the finals with go-round scores of 217. 5 and 213. It was his first major limited age event since the NCHA Futurity in December. He has now earned $280,000.

CDs Starlight Ms, by CD Olena, ridden by Allen Crouch for George Moore Jr., was reserve with 219 points. Shepard had won the 2007 edition of the Augusta Classic riding Woody Be Tuff, owned by Lana Peacock, and was a finalist in this year’s Classic on Ginas Cat and San Tule Uno.

High Brow CD is one of just two horses to win both the NCHA Futurity and the Augusta Futurity. Chiquita Pistol, who went on to win the NCHA Triple Crown, claimed the 2003 Augusta Futurity. Her rider, Tag Rice, won the 2008 Augusta Classic riding Copaspepto for Marvine Ranch.

Here’s a look at all of the Augusta Futurity Open finalists: (more…)

Queen aces Augusta Non-Pro finals

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Elizabeth Queen scored a decisive 220-point win as the last rider in the Augusta Non-Pro Futurity, on Saturday. It was her second title this year on an unregistered gelding named Bubble Gum. She was reserve champion in the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Futurity earlier this month. Queen’s husband, Skip, won last years Augusta Non-Pro Classic on Sister CD.

Adan Banuelos, on Dual With Christy, and Kelle Earnheart, riding Mecom Blue Gin, the first and second riders, respectively, in the first set, tied for second and third with 215 points.

Queen also split 5th through 7th in the Augusta Non-Pro Futurity aboard Jazzy Touche. Earlier in the week, she placed as reserve champion in the Augusta Non-Pro Classic riding Bet On Blue 498, who she also showed as a finalist in the Western Horseman Non-Pro Cup. Queen’s Augusta prize money, including $17,000 for the Futurity win, totaled $27,900.

Here is a look at the Augusta Futurity Non-Pro finalists: (more…)