Archive for June, 2009

2009 Racehorse Hall of Fame inductees

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

All-time money-earning Quarter Horse rider G.R. Carter Jr.; trainer Ted Wells, Jr.; stakes horse breeders Jerry, Dale and Harvey Allred (Allred Brothers); and champion runner Strawberry Silk were inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Saturday, June 28 at the New Mexico track.

G.R. Carter, Jr., the first active jockey inducted into the Hall of Fame, became Quarter racing’s all-time leading rider last summer, when he won the All American Futurity on Stolis Winner and surpassed $47 million in career earnings. The Oklahoma native, with 273 stakes wins, is on course to surpass $50 million this year.

Ted Wells, Jr. won the 1965 All American Futurity with Savannah Jr, and trained major stakes winners Bobís Folly, Easter Rose and Lenaís Bar for legendary horseman Walter Merrick. His Wells Ranch in Alex, OK served as the breeding home of many leading sires, including Azure Te (TB), one of Quarter racing’s first syndicated stallions.

The Allred Brothers breeding operation, based in Mesa, Arizona, produced such distinguished runners as 2002 All American Futurity winner and two-time champion AB What A Runner, as well as leading sire Walk Thru Fire. The brothers also owned and raced Mark T Bars, who won a record 64 races. Jerry, the only surviving brother, continues the Allred Brothers breeding program today.

Strawberry Silk, by Beduino (TB), won the All American Futurity and was runner up in the Kansas and Rainbow Futurities for Jacqueline Spencer of Alto, New Mexico. Now owned by David and Susan Mackie, the former 2-year-old champion has produced four stakes winners, including champion and All American Derby winner Stoli, the sire of 2008 All American Futurity winner Stolis Winner.

Photo from left, Wynona Brooks, Jack Brooks, David and Susan Mackie (representing Strawberry Silk), Ted Wells Jr., Vicki Wells, Jerry Allred, G.R. Carter Jr. and Shaena Carter.

Sires of 2009 NCHA money earners

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Leading sires of NCHA money earners for the 2009 calendar year are listed below. Stats are based on official NCHA earnings posted through June 26. (Compare to previous listings).

Sire 2009 NCHA $
HIGH BROW CAT $2,809,919
DUAL REY $1,284,470
DUAL PEP $461,572
SMART MATE $314,715
CD OLENA $291,124
PLAYGUN $281,302
SMOOTH AS A CAT $246,291


One Tough Dude sets Ruidoso Downs track record

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

One Tough Dude was not deterred by a muddy track, when he raced to a new 300-yard track record of :15.019 while winning the sixth race at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday, June 28. The previous track record of :15.050 was set by Special Task Force in 2006.

Ridden by Cody Jensen for trainer Paul Jones, One Tough Dude drew out to a two-length victory.

Owned and bred by Ed Calvert, the 3-year-old gelded son of Corona Cartel was making his first start at 300 yards. He had placed second in two 400-yard races at Sunland Park, then finished sixth in his 400-yard Ruidoso Derby trial. It was his second career win.

First Klas Fred chases $4 million in Rainbow Futurity trials on Thursday
Ruidoso Futurity winner First Klas Fred will start in the 14th of 20 trials to the Grade 1, $625,000 Rainbow Futurity on Thursday, July 2 at Ruidoso Downs.

Owned by Denis and Julie Schoenhofer, First Klas Fred stands a chance to win a $4-million All American Triple Crown bonus, if he can follow his Ruidoso Futurity victory with wins in both the Rainbow Futurity and the $2 million All American Futurity.

The 20 Rainbow Futurity trials, with a total of 192 entries, mark a significant increase over last year’s 14 trials and necessitated a special early first post time. The Rainbow Futurity will be held on July 19.

RC Fancy Step and Flarida win NRHA Derby for Buffalo Ranch

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

RC Fancy Step and Shawn Flarida scored 232.5 points to win the 2009 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby, on Saturday, June 27 in Oklahoma City. RC Fancy Step, a 5-year-old daughter of Wimpys Little Step, earned $50,000 for owner Buffalo Ranch, Fort Worth, TX.

Hollywoodtinseltown, by Hollywood Dun It, and Marco Ricotta claimed second-place with 230.5 points for David J. Silva, Jr.

Flarida, who won last year’s NRHA Derby on Wimpys Little Chic, by Wimpys Little Step, also placed third with 229.5 on the 5-year-old mare, owned by Arcese Quarter Horses.

With his 2009 Derby offspring earnings, Wimpys Little Step became one of only four sires with $4 million in NRHA offspring earnings. Flarida is the all-time leading NRHA money earner with more than $3 million.

Buffalo Ranch is the home of cutting horse champions and sires TR Dual Rey and Hydrive Cat.

Horse Soldiers

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Horse Soldiers. Didn’t John Wayne star in that movie?

It’s hard to imagine anyone better for the role of Captain Mitch Nelson than the Duke. But Horse Soldiers isn’t a movie. It’s a recently published book by Doug Stanton about a small band of U.S. Special Forces that rode horseback with Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance into battle against the Taliban in 2002.

Few of Nelson’s men had been near a horse before they landed in Afghanistan and climbed aboard scrawny, unshod mounts provided by General Abdul Rashid Dostum of the Northern Alliance. The saddles, built for the average Afghan man who weighed 140 pounds, were made of three boards hinged together and covered with goatskin. The stirrups were hammered iron rings attached to the saddle with short leather straps.

Riding with knees next to their elbows and each carrying 300 pounds of weapons, ammo and gear, the men traversed the Hindu Kush Mountains, rising 25,000 feet above the desert, on two-foot wide trails laden with mines and with 1,000-foot drops. After the first climb, upon dismounting most had trouble standing up straight. Some had blood seeping through the seat of their pants, where the saddle had rubbed the skin away.

Nelson’s and Dostum’s mission was to take Maza-i-Sharif from the Taliban with the help of U.S. Air Force bomb strikes on the enemy’s big guns. Before Nelson’s arrival, Dostum’s forces had ridden their horses into sheets of fire from Taliban artillery, backed by tanks, mortars, and machine guns.

During preparations for their first joint battle with 1,500 mounted soldiers, Nelson asked Dostum how the horses would react when the bombs started dropping. (more…)

Cool format for “hot” sale

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Western Bloodstock announced recently that the NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale, to be held July 31 through August 1, during the $2 million NCHA Summer Spectacular, will feature flexible options for prospective buyers to watch consigned horses as they work cattle.

The venue features a full slate of demonstrations in Watt Arena on Friday, July 31, the day before the sale. At recent past sales, the auction was conducted as show horses, 3-year-olds and 2-year-olds were demonstrated working cattle.

This year, however, Clearman Video Productions will film each performance and that video, or another provided by the seller, will be made available at a viewing station inside John Justin Sale Arena, throughout the sale, on Saturday, August 1. The videos will also be shown on big screen monitors while the horses sell and while buyers enjoy climate-controlled comfort in the John Justin facility.

“With cattle and horses being brought in and out of Watt Arena during the Summer Spectacular Sale, the indoor temperature is hard to maintain,” said Western Bloodstock spokesman Jim Ware. “By using John Justin Sale Arena, we can insure that everyone is comfortable throughout the sale.

“This format isn’t new,” Ware added. “We have sold thousands of horses in past years using a similar schedule. But if buyers and sellers like this arrangement in July, we will consider a similar format for some of the 2009 NCHA Futurity Sales.”

2009 NCHA money earners

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Following are leading money earners for the 2009 calendar year, based on official NCHA earnings posted through June 20. See previous listing.

2009 $ Horse YF Breeding
$248,784 Metallic Cat 2005 High Brow Cat x Chers Shadow
$161,488 Dont Look Twice 2005 High Brow Cat x Tapt Twice
$136,205 Third Cutting 2005 Boonlight Dancer x Crab Grass
$120,380 Hangem Cat 2005 High Brow Cat x Hangem High Playboy
$92,363 Eyez On Me 2005 Peptoboonsmal x Stylish And Foxie
$79,536 Oh Cay Felix 2003 High Brow Cat x Oh Cay Shorty
$64,058 Cherry Chex Dually 2004 Hes A Peptospoonful x Bueno Chex Dually
$61,613 Pretty Katz 2005 Pretty Boy Cat x Aristo Katz
$61,582 Desires Little Rex 2004 Smart Little Lena x Desire Some Freckles
$59,132 Faith In My Cat 2003 High Brow Cat x Faith In Your Mate