Archive for January, 2010

Leo San revisited

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

A recent post about the prevalence of Leo San blood in 2009’s top sires of cutting horses drew a lot of response from readers, and led me to dig a little deeper. Alice Walton, who bred and owns 2009 Borden Milk NCHA Futurity champion Rockin W, noted that he descends through his dam, NCHA Horse of the Year Boon San Kitty, to her maternal granddam, Hula Stopa, a double-bred granddaughter of Leo San.

In addition, Rockin W carries another cross to Leo San through Grulla San, the dam of his paternal grandsire High Brow Hickory. As noted in the earlier post, Rockin W’s sire, Dual Rey, also carries Leo San.

A closer look reveals that all but one of the 28 finalists in the 2009 NCHA Futurity trace to Leo San bloodlines, sixty years after that stallion’s birth.

Brad Mitchell takes 1st and 2nd in 2010 Augusta Futurity

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Brad Mitchell claimed the Augusta Futurity on Saturday with a 223-point win on Cat A Rey and the reserve championship with 222.5 riding Holly Is Smooth. Cat A Rey is owned by Painted Springs Farm, Nashville, TN; Holly Is Smooth belongs to Robert Norton, Columbia, TN.

“It was nerve-wracking,” said Painted Springs Farm owner Barbara Brooks of Cat A Rey’s run, the first in the second set of cattle.“I don’t think I breathed during the two-and-a-half minutes.” Brooks won last year’s non-pro championship on Sass And The City, also conditioned by Mitchell, 39, who is beginning his second decade as resident trainer for Painted Springs.

Cat A Rey, by Dual Rey out of Sheza Smart Cat, was also a finalist (16th) in the NCHA Futurity and has career earnings of $73,225, including $18,748 for his Augusta win.

Smooth As A Cat daughter Holly Is Smooth, who Mitchell showed immediately following Cat A Rey in the second set, had earned just $312 prior to the Augusta Futurity, where she collected $13,509.

Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, TX, won the Augusta Non-Pro Futurity and $14,110 with 219 points aboard Twisting Playdough. Bushaw also rode the Freckles Fancy Twist daughter to place fifth in the Abilene Spectacular earlier this month.

Jarrett Callahan, McConnells, SC, was reserve non-pro champion with 216 points on Catman Bingo, by High Brow Cat.

Click here for complete Augusta Futurity results with finalist pedigrees.

2010 Augusta Futurity 4yo Open

Saturday, January 30th, 2010
223.0
s
CAT A REY R: BRAD MITCHELL O: PAINTED SPRINGS FARM
(DUAL REY x SHEZA SMART CAT, by HIGH BROW CAT)
Earned: $18,748

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2010 Augusta Futurity 4yo Non-Pro

Saturday, January 30th, 2010
219.0
m
TWISTING PLAYDOUGH R: CHAD BUSHAW O: CHAD BUSHAW
(FRECKLES FANCY TWIST x BADGERS PLAYDOUGH, by PLAYDOX)
Earned: $14,110

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2010 Augusta Futurity 5/6yo Open

Saturday, January 30th, 2010
222.5
g
PLAYIN AT THE MALL R: AUSTIN SHEPARD O: GENE QUIRK
(PLAYDOX x POOSMAL, by PEPTOBOONSMAL)
Earned: $17,679

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2010 Augusta Futurity 5/6yo Non-Pro

Saturday, January 30th, 2010
224.0
g
SUGAR WIDOWS R: SETH HOLCOMBE O: VAN HOLCOMBE
(WIDOWS FRECKLES x SUGS PEPALITA, by DOCS SUGS BRUDDER)
Earned: $15,805

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2010 Augusta Futurity Champions Challenge Open

Saturday, January 30th, 2010
223.0
m
THAT CATOMINE R: MATT GAINES O: JACK WAGGONER
(HIGH BROW CAT x THAT SMARTS, by SMART LITTLE LENA)
Earned: $3,400
223.0
m
DONT LOOK TWICE R: PHIL RAPP O: WACO BEND RANCH
(HIGH BROW CAT x TAPT TWICE, by DUAL PEP)
Earned: $3,400

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