Archive for March, 2009

Alysheba, 1984-2009

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Alysheba, at one time the world’s richest Thoroughbred, was euthanized last weekend at Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington. The 25-year-old stallion had injured himself in a fall caused by a degenerative spinal condition.

“Complicated by his advanced age, the trauma resulted in severe pain,” said Kathy Hopkins, director of equine operations at the park. “The pain and suffering, and his inability to stand unaided, led to a joint decision for euthanasia.

The former Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year returned to the US last fall, as a gift from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, after serving mares at the royal stables for the past eight years.

Alysheba raced under the silks of Dorothy and Pam Schaurbauer, Midland, Texas, who purchased him in 1985, as a yearling.

The famous Alydar son was the second Kentucky Derby winner to be euthanized in the past two weeks. Lil E. Tee, longshot winner of the 1992 Derby, was put down at Old Frankfort Stud in Lexington on March 18, at the age of 20.

Dams of 2009 NCHA money earners

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Following are the leading dams of 2009 NCHA money earners. Listings are based on official NCHA results posted through March 28.

TAPT TWICE $43,582


2009 NCHA riders

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Following are the leading NCHA riders of the 2009 calendar year, based on official NCHA results posted through March 28. The list includes both Open and Non-Pro riders.

Rider 2009 Earnings
PHILIP RAPP $114,329


Never too old…

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Four decades and still in the irons
Roy Brooks, 67, the oldest jockey still competing in North American horse racing, won five races Sunday, March 15 at Remington Park, tying his personal best at the Oklahoma City track, where he had twice before won five races on the same card.

“I still have the same desire to win,” Brooks told the Oklahoman. “I’m always looking forward to the first part of the season. It’s another beginning.”

Brooks currently ranks third behind G.R. Carter, Quarter racing’s all-time leading rider, and Hall of Fame jockey Larry Payne, with $243,520 earned in 11 wins, 6 second-place, and 2 third-place finishes at Remington’s 2009 spring meeting.

Racing is a family tradition for Brooks, whose son Jimmy is also a jockey, and whose cousin is AQHA Hall of Fame race trainer Jack Brooks.

Gelding looks for win no. 19 at 16
Silent Cash Dasher, a16-year-old Quarter Horse, will make his first start of the season on Sunday, March 29 at Remington Park. The gelded son of Dash Easy has raced every year since 1997.

Last year, at Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw, OK, Silent Cash Dasher became the oldest horse to ever win an AQHA race. It was his third win from seven starts in 2008, the same year that he placed (third) for the first time in a graded stakes – the 350-yard Rocky Heinzig Memorial Stakes G3 at Fair Meadows in Tulsa, OK.

Owned and trained by Gary Earp, 65, Jay, OK, Silent Cash Dasher has a 12-year career record of 18-10-11 from 81 starts with earnings of $155,133.

Earp attributes the longevity of Silent Cash Dasher’s career to the fact that he was not started as a youngster. “He is a big horse and I believe waiting to run him until the summer of his four-year-old year let his bones develop correctly.”

13-year-old record broken
One of the oldest standing records for Quarter Horses at Remington Park was broken on Friday, March 27, when Okey Dokey Irish, under jockey Helen King, covered 330 yards in :16.571. The previous record of :16.65 was set by Blues Dash in 1997.

The win was the seventh from 14 career starts for 4-year-old son of Okey Dokey Dale, who was claimed for a price of $25,000 by Hector Fraire, El Reno, OK, during the race.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

A few weeks ago I jumped off of a cliff — possibly a mountain, if all the books, magazines and newspapers I’ve ever owned or borrowed from the library were stacked one on top of the other.

Now I’m gliding with a 10-ounce Kindle 2, the new wireless digital device from Amazon. I’d give up my cell phone, my microwave oven and my computer (Take my computer, please!) before I’d give up my Kindle.

Just 5 x 8 inches and 1/3 of an inch thick, the Kindle holds up to 1,500 books; downloads take less than 60 seconds. It comes already loaded with a dictionary and allows instant access to Google and Wikipedia. More than 250,000 book titles are now available through Amazon, some of them, including the Bible, are free. Magazines, newspapers and blogs are also available.

My first Kindle book purchase was Drood, by Dan Simmons, a 900-page best-seller for which I paid $9.99 – a $17.00 savings over the hardcover price. I had been reading a three-pound library copy that was a challenge, especially for my dog, who sleeps next to my bed and got hammered by the tome more than once, as I nodded off to sleep.

Being trapped inside Will Rogers Coliseum during a three-week cutting horse event with nothing to read during cattle changes but the Daily Chatter and the Quarter Horse News is a re-occurring nightmare of mine. Now, with my Kindle in my camera bag, I’ll never have to worry about that possibility. I might even discreetly read while contestants walk in and out of the herd during the go-rounds.

I can also switch back and forth between Drood and any other book or document on my menu because Kindle opens each one where I previously stopped reading. If I want to insert comments and notes, I can do so with the keyboard. Kindle will save and archive my notes and I can download them to my computer, as well. Conversely, I can download documents that I have created on my computer to my Kindle.

Kindle is easier on the eyes than a computer screen, even better than a lot of print. The size of the font can also be adjusted and it is easy to view photos and graphics by zooming in and out.

I could go on, but you get the idea. If you love to read, you will love the Kindle.

Tribute to Ernie Vest written by Jeff Schuckers

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

William Ernest Vest Jr. “Ernie”, age 65 departed from our world to be with his heavenly father Feb. 14th 2009.   Ernie was a true cowboy and arguably one of the best horsemen to have ever lived.  He started out in the horse business shoeing horses while in the rodeo circuit riding broncs, bulls and roping.  Ernie worked for and with Rex Cauble on the Cauble ranch for years as he began following his passion, cutting horses.  He carved his nitch in buying and selling cutting horses all over the world.  Ernie was a familiar face at all the major sales.  He enjoyed Don, Milt, Ben and Jim, as well as many other auctioneers.  He was well known at ranches like the King Ranch, Sombrero, Bar Nothing etc.  Ernie lived and continued his horse business for his last few years at Triple S Quarter Horses in Valley View TX with his son Will Vest.  He valued friendship and honesty more than he did a dollar and always lived his life the way he wanted, the cowboy way.  He treasured his friendships with other horseman like Matlock Rose, Rex Cauble and life long friend Joe Heim.

Ernie was preceded in death by his grandmother Gladys Markwell, he is survived by father William Earnest Vest Sr., children; Allen Vest, Rhonnetta Richard, Sammie Harris, William Earnest Vest III, Joeseph Vest, brother Holly Vest, and sisters; Claire Mae Hamzie, Rita Owens, Marcie Rasbury, grand children; Jessie, Christy, Kimberly, Patrissa, Stevee, and Jordan.

Per the request of Ernie, no funeral will be held, only the fulfilling of his wish to have his ashes taken by horseback and spread in the Palo Duro Canyon “So horses can continue to step on me and s…. on me like they did my whole life.”  Words will be spoken at the Palo Duro canyon by friend, Rev. Jeff W Schuckers.

Sires of 2009 NCHA money earners

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Leading sires of NCHA money earners for the 2009 calendar year are listed below. Stats are based on official NCHA earnings posted through March 21. Altogether, 648 stallions have sired NCHA money earners so far this year, the lowest-ranked with $14.00.

HIGH BROW CAT $1,058,890
DUAL REY $332,174
DUAL PEP $150,282
PLAYGUN $143,550