Archive for January, 2010

2010 Augusta Futurity Champions Challenge Non-Pro

Saturday, January 30th, 2010
Earned: $4,200


Cowboys’ stadium not Arlington’s first sporting palace

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

If you haven’t been there or don’t live in North Texas, you might not know that the new $1.15 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys isn’t in Dallas. It’s in Arlington, 20 miles west of Dallas, near the former site of Arlington Downs, acclaimed in the 1930s as one of the world’s finest racetracks.

Arlington Downs left little to be desired in the way of luxury and efficiency. A posh clubhouse served well-heeled Texas Jockey Club patrons, while the main grandstand seated 16,000, with standing room for 10,000 more spectators.

The barns, some of which were still standing 25 years ago, accommodated 1,000 horses, along with their grooms and handlers. Running water, gas and electricity, still luxuries in most rural Texas homes, were available in all the stable areas.

Two tracks – a one-mile track and a one and one-eighth with a one-quarter mile straight shoot – were surrounded by five-inch metal pipes with faucets set in every every 100 feet to serve as a state-of-the-art watering system.

Grandstands, barns, and fences glistened in white and blue and featured the Three D brand of the track’s owner, W.T. Waggoner, (pictured) who unlike Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones, footed the entire cost ($5 million in 1929) of his facility.

Once asked if it was his goal to own all of North Texas, Waggoner reported, “No, I don’t aim to buy it all, just what joins me.”

By the late 1920s, Waggoner, whose fortune was based on land and cattle and redoubled by oil discoveries on his ranches, owned over half a million acres in North Texas. Approaching the eighth decade of a life that had denied him little, he had one dream yet to realize – he wanted to build the greatest racetrack in the world and bring legalized wagering to Texas tracks. (more…)

Leo San stands the test of time

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Scrabble – that’s what comes to my mind when I read an extended pedigree from right to left. Which vowels and consonants spell a winner’s name? In the case of the top cutting sires of 2009, Leo San, foaled in 1949, is an essential “piece.”

High Brow Cat’s pedigree is a good example. The all-time leading sire (and 2009 leader) carries Leo San on the top and bottom sides of his pedigree. His sire, High Brow Hickory, is out of Grulla San, by Leo San Hank by Leo San. His dam, Smart Little Kitty, is by Smart Little Lena (ranked #6), whose dam, Peppy Smart, is by Peppy San by Leo San.

Smart Little Lena is the sire of Smart Lil Scoot and Smart Mate, ranked #7 and #8, respectively. While High Brow Cat is the sire of #4 ranked Smooth As A Cat, who gets another dose of Leo San through his dam, Shes Pretty Smooth, whose paternal grandsire is Peppy San Badger.

Number 2 ranked Dual Rey is linked to Leo San through his sire, Dual Pep (ranked #5), a son of Peppy San Badger, by Mr San Peppy, by Leo San. Peppy San Badger and thus Leo San also turn up in the pedigrees of Peptoboonsmal (#3), Smooth As A Cat (#4), and CD Olena (#10).

Leo, Leo San’s sire, crops up in the pedigrees of Smart Lil Scoot and Playgun through Leo Pan, the dam of Jewel’s Leo Bars and Son O Sugar. CD Chica San Badger, CD Olena’s, dam traces again to Leo through her dam, Zorra Chica.

Playgun also carries Leo through his dam, Miss Silver Pistol. Playgun is the only one of the 2009 top 10 sires not related to Leo San. (more…)

Carl Shrontz, 1953-2010

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Carl E. Shrontz, M.D., 56, of Beaumont, Texas, died January 23. He and his wife wife, Laurel, were married in 1983. They have two daughters, Rachael Ellyn and Cara Therese. Carl was a neurosurgeon, rancher and cowboy.  He loved working cattle and riding with his cowboy friends. In 1996, he bought Some Kinda Memories, who won the 1997 NCHA Futurity.  Breeding and raising cutting horses has been the ranch priority since then.

Believing in potential was the hallmark in his life and a quality his patients seem to believe in. Carl was multi-talented in addition to surgical and cowboy skills, he was a member of St. Marks choir and a skillful judge and photographer of his daughters. dance, sport, and band competitions.

Survivors include his wife, Laurel; daughters, Rachael Shrontz and Cara Shrontz; mother, Mildred E. Shrontz; sister, Marion Hyslop and her husband Fred; brother, Darrin Shrontz and his wife Michelle; three nephews; and one niece.

A memorial service will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 680 Calder, Beaumont under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin. A visitation will be Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 5:00 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to St. Mark’s Episcopal Choir, 680 Calder, Beaumont, Texas 77701, Ubi Caritas, Family Medical Clinic, 4450 Highland Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77705, or Lamar University Music Department, P. O. Box 1007, Beaumont, Texas  77710.

2010 Augusta Futurity 4yo Amateur

Sunday, January 24th, 2010
Earned: $4,463


Clam dip and the coonhound

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

As I whipped up some clam dip this afternoon, for a special gathering, I was reminded of Babe, the Black and Tan Coonhound that befriended us this past Christmas.

It was cold and rainy, when we pulled up to the Water Valley Inn the night of December 26. Perched on a hill overlooking miles of rolling farmland, the 1920s-era farmhouse is our home-away-from-home, when we visit our daughter and her family, whose Owl Creek Winery and vineyards are just down the road.

As our son, Charlie, stepped out of the car, he was greeted by a wagging, wriggling, seal-soft hound that cried and whimpered as if he was her long lost master. Since she was wearing a collar, we hoped we might coax her into the house so that we could read her tag. But when we opened the door, she trotted right in, then stood looking at us with her tail wagging, as if to say, “Welcome home.”

Her tag told us that her name was Babe. While we waited for her owner to return our call, Babe wandered into the kitchen, where I found her standing politely but deliberately in front of a cabinet. She wasn’t exactly pointing, because her lovely, long tail was arched upward and her front end was erect, but I knew that she knew that there was food in the cabinet. (more…)

2010 Augusta Futurity 5/6yo Amateur

Friday, January 22nd, 2010
Earned: $4,463