Archive for January, 2010

A triple for Hartman Equine Reproduction Center

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

There are breeding centers that stand more stallions, but Hartman Equine Reproduction Center (HERC), in Whitesboro, TX, has the only roster with three of 2009’s top 10 sires of NCHA money earners – Dual Pep, CD Olena (pictured), and Smart Mate (Dual Pep and CD Olena are also ranked among NCHA’s top 10 all-time leading sires) – no other stallion farm or breeding center has more than one.

“I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to stand these stallions and look forward to a successful year,” said HERC owner, David Hartman DVM, one of the first veterinarians, over 25 years ago, to perform embryo transfer in a commercial setting. Hartman is also an adjunct professor of theriogenology with Texas A&M and, because he has a large herd of closely monitored recipient mares, helps them with a number of research projects.

Dual Pep and CD Olena, both owned by Bar H Ranche, Weatherford, TX, stood their first seasons at HERC in 2009. Dual Pep had begun to experience age-related testicular degeneration and Dr. Hartman was able to improve his pregnancy rate with a relatively new technique of semen processing called EquiPure centrifugation.

This year, Dual Pep’s book is full, and Hartman has leased CD Olena from Bar H Ranche.

“I leased him for at least five years,” explained Hartman, who made the arrangement through Bobby Pidgeon, 71, owner of Bar H Ranche, an all-time and perennial leader among breeders and owners of cutting horses.

“It’s a dream to have the opportunity to manage and promote (CD Olena),” added Hartman, who noted that the stallion’s foals will now be eligible for Breeders Invitational events, including, retroactively, the crop of 2009.

Rachel Alexandra 2009 Horse of the Year

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Rachel Alexandra was named 2009 Horse of the Year at the 39th Eclispe Award ceremony, in Beverly Hills, CA. Undefeated Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra’s rival for the award, was named top Older Female.

“Individually or collectively there was never a year like this for fillies,” said owner Jess Jackson, as he accepted the award for Rachel Alexandra, who became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness Stakes and the first ever to beat males in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga.

“Zenyatta has never lost,” said owner Jerry Moss. “Nobody beat her on the racetrack. They beat her by proxy.” Zenyatta, who also received the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) ‘Moment of the Year’ Award for her unprecedented Breeders Cup Classic win over males, was also top Older Female in 2008.

Rachel Alexandra received 130 first-place votes out of 323, while Zenyatta received 99 (3 did not vote).

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Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale gross sales for Quarter race horses up 32 percent

Monday, January 18th, 2010

“We were confident coming into this sale that we could hold even with last year’s results or advance them slightly, but I never imagined that we would be able to report such positive numbers,” said Jeff Tebow, general manager of Heritage Place, following the sale company’s Winter Mixed Sale of race bred Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, and Paint horses, which concluded on January 15 in Oklahoma City.

Preliminary results show gross sales on 832 Quarter Horses increased 32 percent over 2009 for a total of $8,683,250, while repurchases were down to nine percent from 14 percent in 2009. The overall average was $9,480 including repurchase, an increase of 13 percent over 2009. Four lots sold sold for six figures, while 14 lots sold for $50,000 or more.

Dashin Follies, by Strawfly Special, tied the all-time record for a Quarter Horse broodmare sold at auction with a winning bid of $875,000. The cutting horse broodmare, Meradas Little Sue also sold for $875,000, at Western Bloodstock’s NCHA Futurity Sales in 2001.

Consigned by Michael Pohl, 11-year-old Dashin Follies, dam of stakes winner PYC Paint Your Wagon (pictured), was purchased by agent Tyler Graham for Mexican-based buyers who preferred to remain anonymous. She sold with two embryos by Corona Cartel and Jet Black Patriot. Graham also purchased the second-highest selling lot, Coronita Cartel, consigned by Pohl for $250,000. Coronita Cartel is by Corona Cartel out of Dashin Follies.

The third-highest seller, at $150,000, was 5-year-old A Tempting Strawfly, by Strawfly Special, half-sister to G1 stakes winners Tempting Dash and A Tempting Dash. Consigned by Ron and Denise Van Amburgh, she sold to Vaughn and Jill Cook.

First Down Dash surpasses $70 million in offspring earnings

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

All-time leading Quarter Horse sire First Down Dash surpassed $70 million in offspring earnings on January 10, when his son Templar Knight won the Sunland Winter Futurity. The 26-year-old syndicated stallion leads his own sire, Dash For Cash, who ranks second with $39,990,245; Chicks Beduino is third in all-time offspring earnings with $34,667,423.

Bred by A.F. Stanley Jr. and B.F. Phillips Jr., out of Stanley’s mare First Prize Rose, First Down Dash was purchased for $100,000 as a yearling from the Phillips Ranch Sale by Millie Vessels, widow of the late Frank Vessels, Jr.

First Down Dash won 13 of his 15 career starts and $857,256. In 1987 he was named world champion racehorse and shortly thereafter was syndicated for $7 million by Frank “Scoop” Vessels III. He stands at Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsell, CA.

From 19 crops and 1,850 foals, First Down Dash has sired 1,114 winners from 1,510 starters (74 percent) and 218 stakes winners (14 percent), as well as 33 racing champions. He sits third on the list of all-time sires by winners behind Easy Jet with 1,382 and Chicks Beduino with 1,116.

“First Down Dash continues to amaze us all,” said Scoop Vessels. “What a wonderful time it has been for this horse to be in our barn for all these years. He truly is one of a kind.”

AQHA racing champions announced

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Freaky was announced 2009 world racing champion during the American Quarter Horse Association’s annual racing award ceremony on January 13, in Oklahoma City.

Owned by Armando Aguirre of Surprise, Arizona, 4-year-old Freaky won six of nine starts and earned $580,860 during his championship season. The TR Dasher son, out of Chickasecret by Raise A Secret, was also voted champion aged horse and champion aged gelding.

Freaky began his career under the ownership of his breeder, Ed Allred. Purchased by Aguirre on January 28, 2009, he won the Champion of Champions (G1); the Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1); the Vessels Maturity (G1); and the Spencer Childers California Breeders’ Championship (RG1); and also set three Los Alamitos track records. He made his first two starts of the year for trainer Scott Willoughby and the remaining seven for Adan Farias.

Other horses receiving honors included Runnning Brook Gal, champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old filly; Tempting Dash, champion 2-year-old colt; First Klas Fred, champion 2-year-old gelding; Inseperable, champion 3-year-old and champion 3-year-old colt; Alice K White, champion 3-year-old filly; Time For A Cigar, champion 3-year-old gelding; First Moonflash, champion aged stallion; Stylish Jess BR, champion aged mare; Gone To The Mountain, champion distance horse; Ze Dancer, Mexican champion; Six Pack Of Corona, Canadian champion; and A Tempting Chick, broodmare of the year.

Paul Jones earned his eighth consecutive award as champion trainer; and Ramon Sanchez earned his second as champion jockey. A&C Racing and Roping was named champion owner; Edward C. Allred was champion breeder;

Hanson and Rapp capture Abilene non-pro titles

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Leah Hanson increased her NCHA career earnings by 50 percent on Tuesday in the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Futurity.

Riding Phils Pull Toy, a home-bred mare trained by her husband, Phil, Leah scored 223 points to win the Non-Pro championship, as well as the Limited Non-Pro title. With $14,400 in winnings, Hanson now has a lifetime total of $41,868.

Reserve champion Kelle Earnheart posted 217 points on her NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion Badgers Perscription and also tied for ninth place on Wicked Stick. Earnheart has career earnings of more than $870,000.

Mary Ann Rapp (pictured), cutting’s all-time non-pro leader with more than $3 million, won the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Classic with 224 points on 6-year-old This Kats King. Dustin Adams and Alexa Stent each scored 219.5 to split second and third on MH Unexplainable and Haida N Cat, respectively. Stent also placed fifth riding Hava Cow and 14th on Peptopinksmal.

Four of the 20 Abilene Futurity Non-Pro finalists also competed in the finals of  NCHA Non-Pro Futurity: Earnheart; Cole Rothwell; Armando Costa Neto; and Kyle Manion. Arosesuchaclatter, Costa Neto’s mount, was also an NCHA Futurity Open finalist.

Yadacat, the NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion, was an Abilene Non-Pro finalist under Darol Rodrock.

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2010 Abilene Spectacular 4yo Non-Pro

Monday, January 11th, 2010
Earned: $12,000