Archive for January, 2012

Rachel Alexandra delivers again

Monday, January 30th, 2012

2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra – the first-ever 3-year-old filly to be named Horse of the Year – delivered her first foal on January 22 at Stonestreet Farm, Lexington, Ky. The bay colt, owned by Stonestreet Farm and Harold McCormick, was sired by 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year Curlin.

“Rachel is a natural mother and took to the colt immediately,” said Stonestreet Farm manager Gary Megibben.

Rachel Alexandra made headlines in 2009, when she became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. That same year she scored eight victories in eight starts, including five Grade I stakes, three of which were against males, and earned the year’s highest Beyer Speed Figure of 116.

The climax of her 3-year-old season came when Rachel Alexandra won the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga against older male horses, in what many have called “one of the most courageous performances in modern racing.”

The victory made her the first 3-year-old filly to win a Grade I dirt route against older males in New York since Lady Primrose in 1887.

Rachel Alexandra will be bred to 2006 champion 3-year-old Bernardini in 2012.

Oh Cay Do Over with a Lach Down on Augusta Futurity

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Collins and Oh Cay Do Over

Patrick and Laura Collins, whose Oh Miss Caroline won $200,000 as champion of the 2011 NCHA Futurity last December, renewed their reign on Saturday, as Oh Cay Do Over and Lach Down claimed the titles of champion and co-reserve in the Augusta Futurity.

Both horses were shown by Craig Thompson, who rode their half-sister, Oh Miss Caroline, to her NCHA Futurity win.

“This mare has that mental ability like Felix,” said Patrick Collins, referring to Oh Cay Do Over and her three-quarter brother Oh Cay Felix, 2006 NCHA Futurity Open champion under Thompson and Amateur champion with Collins.

“She was always real smart and sane, but we didn’t know how she was going to move. But she really come on in the last few months and went to the head of the tree.”

Oh Cay Do Over scored 222.5 points for her win; Lach Down and Spoons Lil Buckaroo, under Dirk Blakesley, marked 220.5.

Patrick Collins was also co-champion of the Augusta Futurity Non-Pro Classic on 5-year-old Oh Miss Peacock; finished third in the Augusta Mercuria Non-Pro finals with Oh Cay Felix; placed 18th in the Augusta Futurity Non-Pro on 4-year-old Lach Down, by Chula Dual; and rode Oh Cay Do Over, by Smooth As A Cat, as NCHA Futurity Non-Pro reserve champion.

Altogether, produce of Oh Cay Shorty earned two championships, a reserve championship and $39,879 at the 2012 Augusta Futurity.

Oh Cay Felix, Oh Miss Caroline and Oh Miss Peacock, all by High Brow Cat, as well as Oh Cay Do Over and Lach Down, were bred by the Collinses out of the Shorty Lena daughter Oh Cay Shorty, who carried Patrick, as well as his sons Max, Quinn, Lach, and Patrick II to success in the cutting arena.

Spoons Lil Buckaroo is owned by Shawn Ogni, who showed the gelded son of Hes A Peptospoonful as reserve champion of the NCHA Futurity Amateur division.

Isidro Sigala won the Augusta Futurity Non-Pro with 223 points aboard Sigala Rey, a Dual Rey daughter that Lee Francois showed to place 13th in the Augusta Futurity Open. Christina Cox was reserve champion of the Non-Pro with 218 points on Boozin Susan, by Smooth As A Cat. Christina’s husband, Lloyd Cox, showed Boozin Susan to place seventh in the Augusta Open Futurity.

For complete Augusta Futurity results, including pedigrees, click here.

2012 Mercuria NCHA World Series Augusta

Friday, January 27th, 2012

2012 Augusta Futurity

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Augusta Futurity Mercuria World Series champions

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Phil Rapp

Dont Look Twice, 2011 NCHA Horse of the Year, posted an Augusta Futurity record of 231 points last night, as she captured the Mercuria World Series championship with Phil Rapp, the winning-est rider in Augusta history.

“She’s one of a kind,” said Rapp, who shows the 7-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat for Waco Bend Ranch. “A tough cow, like her second one tonight, just takes her to that next level.”

Last year, Dont Look Twice set an all-time NCHA record of 234 points at the Idaho Mercuria World Series of Cutting. With well over $600,000 in career earnings, she is on a course to become NCHA’s all-time leading mare, a record currently held by Meradas Little Sue with official earnings of $670,098.

Rapp, 42, NCHA’s all-time leading rider with more than $7.5 million, was recently cleared by doctors to resume a full schedule of riding, following surgery 15 weeks ago to repair a herniated disc in his lower back.

George C Merada, shown by John Wold for Furst Ranch, scored 225 points for the title of reserve champion of the Augusta Mercuria World Series.

Kaitlyn Larsen and Laredo Montana

Kaitlyn Larsen and Laredo Montana
Kaitlyn Larsen, 22, had an angel on her shoulder as she scored 224 points on Laredo Montana for her first major championship win in the Mercuria NCHA World Series Non-Pro finals at Augusta.

“He was with us,” said Larsen of her fiance, Reagon Walker, who died in a highway accident, while he and Kaitlyn were on the way to a cutting event in Oklahoma last April.

“I couldn’t mentally handle cutting for awhile. If it wasn’t for this horse, I don’t know if I would be back. Reagon loved this horse, too.”

Seven-year-old Laredo Montana, by Light N Lena, is a homebred raised, trained and originally shown by Kaitlyn’s father, Billy Martin, who also owns Light N Lena.

Mary Jo Milner and Smooth As A Zee scored 222 points to claim the Non-Pro reserve title.

In the news

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Best of the Remuda
Wimpys Hombre, consigned by the W.T. Waggoner Estate, Electra, Tex., topped the AQHA Best of the Remuda Sale on January 14, in Fort Worth. The 4-year-old son of Wimpys Little Step was purchased by Jim and Marilyn Helzer, owners of JEH Stallion Station, famous for its champion Quarter and Thoroughbred running horses.

Greyt Big Diamonds, the high-selling mare at $11,500, was also consigned by the Waggoner Estate. The 5-year-old daughter of Greyt Whiz was purchased by Burnett Ranches, Guthrie, Tex.

Held annually in conjunction with the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the invitational Best of the Remuda Sale features working-bred Quarter horses from some of the American Quarter Horse Association’s most influential breeders.

Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale
“Overall, we feel the 2012 Winter Mixed Sale was a success,” said general manager Jeff Tebow at the conclusion, Saturday, January 21, of the three-day Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale in Oklahoma City. “The crowds remained strong…quality horses with good pedigrees sold extremely well.”

The annual sale of Quarter race-breds grossed $9,995,350 with an average per head of $8,653; repurchases equaled 12 percent on 1,149 lots.

The high seller at $185,000 was First Fervor, a multiple stakes producer and full sister to champion 2-year-old colt First To Flash. The 8-year-old First Down Dash daughter, one of 64 head from the complete dispersal of La Feliz Montana Ranch, was purchased by Bobby Cox. Although she produced two foals in 2011, First Fervor’s 2012 breeding status was reported as “unfurnished” in the catalog.

The high-selling horse of racing age, 2-year-old Significant Heart at $130,000, was also from the La Feliz Montana Ranch dispersal. The Corona Cartel daughter, out of G1 winner Jess Significant, whose dam is champion Significant Speed, was purchased by Abigail Kawananankoa.

Be Peaceful, 17-year-old daughter of Raise A Secret and dam of world champion Be A Bono, sold for $165,000, the sale’s second-highest price. The Childers Ranch consignment, which included her 2012 ET by Walk Thru Fire, was purchased by Luis Alvarez.

Corona Cartel led all sale sires of yearlings with an average of $52,750 on four head, including Corona Firewater, the high-selling yearling at $70,000.

Augusta Futurity
The Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity, the oldest annual NCHA-sanctioned event east of the Mississippi, is in full swing for its 33rd season. The seven-day show, held in Augusta, Georgia’s James Brown Arena, is the only southeastern venue for the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting, an event that has given new life to its limited age event host.

Finals of both the open and non-pro divisions of the 4-Year-Old Futurity will be held on Saturday, January 28, while finals of the Mercuria World Series will take place on Thursday, January 26, followed by the 5 and 6-Year-old division of the Futurity on Friday.

Finders Key to a movie career
The New York Times sports section featured an excellent feature on January 25 about thoroughbred race horse Finders Key, who never finished higher than fifth in five starts, but found fame as a move star in the movie “Seabiscuit,” and most recently as Joey, in the movie “War Horse.” Click here to read the article.

Quarter racing champions named

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

2011 running champions, announced by the American Quarter Horse Association on January 19, include:

World Champion
Champion 3-Year-Old
Champion 3-Year-Old Gelding

(Oak Tree Special x Cash 123, Takin On The Cash)
Owner/Breeder: Carolyn and Walter Bay (T Bill Stables)
Trainer: Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath
Riders: Roy Balddillez, Joe Martinez and Jacky Martin
Richest win in 2011: $899,524 Rainbow Derby G1
2011 record: 6 wins in 8 starts, $818,447
Career: 9 wins in 14 starts, $979,741

Champion 2-Year-Old
Champion 2-Year-Old Gelding

(Tres Seis x Stolis Fortune, Stoli
Breeder: Johnny T.L. Jones
Owners: J Bar 7 Ranch, Cluck, and Benson
Trainer: Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath
Rider: Ricky Ramirez
Richest win in 2011: $2.4 million All American Futurity G1
2011 record: 3 wins in 4 starts, $1,244,200

Champion 2-Year-Old Colt

(Feature Mr Jess x Catch This Dash, First Down Dash)
Breeder: Joyce Erickson
Owners: Hubbard, Helzer, S/M Cattle, and Dominguez
Trainer: Roberto Sanchez
Riders: Alonso Rivera, G.R. Carter Jr., Jacky Martin
Richest win in 2011: $700,000 Rainbow Futurity G1
2011 record: 6 wins in 7 starts, $541,612

Champion 2-Year-Old Filly

(Walk Thru Fire x Septacular, Separatist)
Breeder: Dr. Steve Burns
Owner: Tremor Enterprises
Trainer: Paul Jones
Rider: Ramon Sanchez
Richest win in 2011: $1.1 million Ed Burke Futurity
2011 record: 5 wins in 8 starts, $631,250

Champion 3-Year-Old Colt

(Coronas Prospect x Cream To The Top, Easily Smashed)
Breeder: Sue May
Owner: Joel Tavarez
Trainer: Ralph Muniz
Riders: Jacky Martin, Roman Chapa, Oscar Rincon, Freddie Martinez
Richest finish in 2011: 2nd in the $1.3 million All American Derby
2011 record: 3 wins in 10 starts, $413,320

Career: 7 wins in 17 starts, $648,650

Champion 3-Year-Old Filly

(Mr Jess Perry x Miss Racy Vike, Racin Free)
Breeder: Gary and Donna Hall (Sunflower Supply Co.)
Owner: Johnny Trotter and Burnett Ranches
Trainers: Blane and Trey Wood
Rider: Ricky Ramirez
Richest win in 2011: $935,350 Los Alamitos Super Derby G1
2011 record: 3 wins in 6 starts, $419,628

Career: 6 wins in 11 starts, $485,628

Champion Aged Horse
Champion Aged Stallion

(Favorite Trick TB x Queen Of Appeals, First Down Dash)
Breeder/owner:Gianni Franco Samaja
Trainer: Paul Jones
Riders: Ramon Sanchez and Eduardo Nicasio
Richest win in 2011: $750,000 Champion of Champions G1
2011 record: 2 wins in 7 starts, $501,082

Career: 7 wins in 15 starts, $1,446,727

Champion Aged Mare

(Spit Curl Jess x Some Kinda Diva, Some Dasher)
Breeder: Little Deer Creek Quarter Horses
Owner: Lepic-Morgan Partnership
Trainers: Jody Brown and Paul Jones
Rider: David Brown
Richest win in 2011: Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge G2
2011 record: 3 wins in 7 starts, $118,415

Career: 19 wins in 37 starts, $829,353

Champion Aged Gelding

(Heza Motor Scooter x Pipistrelle, Rocky Jones)
Breeder: Gary Nebitt
Owner/Trainer: Gerardo Ochoa
Riders: Joe Ruiz and Jacky Martin
Richest win in 2011: Remington Park Invitational G1
2011 record: 3 wins in 6 starts, $322,320

Career: 17 wins in 36 starts, $711,481

Champion Distance Horse

(Okey Dokey Dale x Impassable Gal TB, Sir Richard Lewis)
Breeder: Dr. Eddie Moore
Owner: Steve Holt
Trainers: Rodney Reed, Fred Danley and Loyd Moreland
Riders: G.R. Carter, Alejandro Medellin and Stormy Smith
Richest win in 2011: Remington Distance Handicap G3
2011 record: 5 wins in 8 starts, $127,710

Career: 15 wins in 32 starts, $290,821

Champion Trainer: Paul Jones – 10th consecutive time – 2011 earnings $4,705,577
Champion Jockey: G.R. Carter Jr. – 171 winners from 885 starts, $4,311,455
Champion Owner: Double Bar S Ranch, Morena, Cal. – 17 winners from 98 starters
Champion Breeder: Dr. Ed Allred – 212 wins from 1,155 starts, $3,067,621