Archive for August, 2009

Decketta lives on

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Few people outside of northeast Oklahoma had heard of Decketta before the 1964 All American Futurity.

The sorrel filly, sired by the Top Deck (TB), had one stakes win worth $3,270 to her credit, in the 330-yard Midway Downs Futurity in Stroud, OK. By contrast, Tonto Parr, the richest starter in the 1964 All American Futurity, had already earned $62,005.

Not even her owner, ranch manager Wilbur Wilson, one of the few people ever to breed, own and train an All American Futurity winner, could have predicted Decketta’s far-reaching impact on Quarter Racing.

Eight of the 10 finalists in next Monday’s $2.2 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs carry the blood of Decketta.

“I never thought Decketta would make much of a broodmare,” Wilson told me in a 1990 interview. “Some of her colts brought money, but very few Top Deck mares make good broodmares.”

Bred by King Ranch and foaled in 1945, Top Deck had the pedigree of a Kentucky Derby winner, but was unraced due to injury and eventually wound up in Wharton, Texas with Quarter race breeder J.B. Ferguson.

“When I bred Decketta’s mama, they all wanted me to breed to Go Man Go,” remembered Wilson. “But I told them, no, I’ll breed to Go Man Go’s daddy. And in the All American I outran three Go Man Go colts.” (more…)

2009 Mebane Ranch 3yo Non-Pro

Saturday, August 29th, 2009
217.0
g
KEEP ME GUESSIN R: TRACY TAYLOR O: TRACY & DEBBIE TAYLOR
(BET ON ME 498 x PLAYFUL ROSIE, by FRECKLES PLAYBOY)
Earned: $4,517

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2009 Mebane Ranch 4yo Non-Pro

Saturday, August 29th, 2009
215.0
m
MISS MIDNIGHT BOON R: STEVE BATES O: STEVE & CHRISTINE BATES
(MYLANTA LENA x MISS MIDNIGHT SAN, by SIR TIVIO SAN)
Earned: $5,163

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2009 Mebane Ranch 4yo Amateur

Saturday, August 29th, 2009
217.0
m
STYLIN SPORT MODEL R: CHARLIE BLACKBURN O: CHARLIE & LORI BLACKBURN
(PLAYIN STYLISH x SPORT MODEL FLO, by MR PEPONITA FLO)
Earned: $1,346

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2009 Mebane Ranch 5/6yo Amateur

Saturday, August 29th, 2009
218.0
s
PEPTOS PROMISE R: NICOLE CARSON O: NICOLE CARSON
(PEPTOBOONSMAL x CLAYS LITTLE CASH, by CASH QUIXOTE RIO)
Earned: $2,146

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2009 Mebane Ranch 5/6yo Non-Pro

Saturday, August 29th, 2009
226.0
m
LIL DULCE LU R: CAROL WARD O: CAROL WARD
(DULCES SMART LENA x MISS HAULIN HICKORY, by SR INSTANT CHOICE)
Earned: $6,101

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The Banuelos boys and the “Bisca” sisters

Friday, August 28th, 2009

When I heard last Tuesday morning about the death of cutting horse trainer Carlos Banuelos, 34, I was reminded of the conversation I had with him six weeks ago, at the NCHA Summer Spectacular. It was the first day of the show, where Banuelos and 6-year-old Miss Biscalena, owned by Bill Masterson, had held a horrific cow and marked 218 points.

Banuelos had started the Mister Dual Pep mare at two, but did not get a chance to show her until she was five and had missed almost two years of limited age events.

“I didn’t get along with her very good at first,” Banuelos said. “But I could tell that she was a good mare. I started showing her in the small weekend shows to get her seasoned a little bit, and she got smarter and smarter. Lately, we’ve been very successful.”

Prior to the Summer Spectacular, Banuelos and Miss Biscalena had qualified for the finals of five major events in 2009, while Masterson, an amateur, qualified for three.

When they reconnected in 2008, there were stronger ties than 2-year-old training between Banuelos and Miss Biscalena. Carlos had ridden the mare’s half-sister, Bisca Jewelena, by Lenas Jewel Bars, to tie his older brother and mentor, Ascencion, for the championship of the 2000 Abilene Spectacular Classic. Both Bisca Jewelena and Ascencion’s horse, Shake N Play, were owned by Lonnie Allsup, who rode both horses as a non-pro.

Carlos first showed Bisca Jewelena, the earner of $238,299, to seventh-place in the 1998 NCHA Futurity, then claimed the reserve championship of the Augusta Futurity. Altogether, he qualified the mare for 10 major finals and Ascencion was aboard her for four more.

“There are a lot of similarities,” said Carlos of Bisca Jewelena and Miss Biscalena. “The other mare (Bisca Jewelena) was to me more sensitive. You had to really watch the way you worked her. But they’re both easy to get along with and have tons of cow and a lot of ability.

“This mare might be a little harder stopper,” he added. “I sure do enjoy riding her.”

Miss Biscalena and Bisca Jewelena are out of the Montana Doc daughter Bisca Lena, who earned $71,000 under trainers Gene and Joe Suiter, as well as with non-pro rider Keith Hall, the breeder of the half-sisters.

Forrest photo: Carlos with Ascencion, left, and Allsup, center, accepting the 2000 Abilene Spectacular Classic winner’s trophy.