Archive for September, 2013

The Smart Look clone sells for $97,000

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Smart Look Classic. Photo by Jim Arnold

Equine reproductive technology garnered headlines last night, when Smart Look Classic, a 4-year-old unregistered clone of The Smart Look, sold for $97,000 at D.R. Horton’s Strawn Valley Ranch Dispersal, produced by Western Bloodstock, at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Tex.¬†The price, according to Western Bloodstock officials, was by far the highest ever paid at auction for a clone.

In addition, 25-year-old The Smart Look, #4 all-time leading producer of cutting horse money earners, sold for $85,000, along with her weanling filly by Metallic Cat. Julie Wrigley purchased The Smart Look, who at the time of the sale was at Colorado State University, where she has benefited from intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), the process that produced her weanling filly.

Bobby and Dottie Hill, who paid $700,000 for the NCHA show mare Stylish Martini at the Marvine Ranch Reduction Sale, also produced by Western Bloodstock, last October, purchased Smart Look Classic, who sold with two embryos by Metallic Cat and Dual Rey, and whose two weanling fillies by Dual Rey sold separately for $9,500 and $8,500.

Although clones and their offspring from registered horses are not recognized by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), the case against exclusion is currently under litigation. In addition, it is not necessary for horses to be registered in order to be shown in National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) competition.

The sale topper, at $120,000, was 2-year Smart N Metallic, by Metallic Cat out of the Smart Look. The red roan colt, in training with Phil Rapp, was purchased by Jeffrey Neidhart, Farmington, NM. Cats Lookin Smart, a 4-year-old mare in training with Ronnie Rice, sold for $100,000. The High Brow Cat daughter, out of The Smart Look, was purchased by Erin Russell, Fort Worth, Tex.

The Strawn Valley Ranch Dispersal of 40 lots, including 17 sons and daughters of The Smart Look and 12 offspring of her daughters, unofficially grossed $1,088,200, with an average of $27,205.

For official results and more details, including a catalog of the Strawn Valley Ranch sale horses go to:

Market high and wide for Keeneland Yearling Sale

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Thoroughbred racing’s premier auction, the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, concluded its 12-day run on Saturday with double-digit increases over 2012 and the highest average price since 2006.

The cumulative average price of $102,220 on 2,744 yearlings rose 17 percent from $87,330 in 2012, and was the third-highest September Sale average ever. Gross sales of $280,491,300 were up 27.6 percent over 2012, the highest since 2008, and 18 individual horses brought $1 million or more, the most since 2008, from 15 different buyers.

“Buyers are responding to a fair, realistic market,” said Geoffrey, Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales. “Given the smaller size of recent foal crops, supply is more in line with demand, spurring competition for horses.”

M.V. Magnier of Irish-based Coolmore Stud purchased the sale-topper, a War Front colt for $2.5 million. Whisper Hill Farm spent $2.2 million for an Indian Charlie filly, who is half-sister to two G1 winners.

“The depth of buyers is the encouraging factor of the sale,” said Peter O’Callaghan of Woods Edge Farm, consignor of the sale-topping $2.5 million colt. “Just the amount of people bidding on your horses is really great to see. We’ve been waiting for it for a while.”

The high volume of trade also pushed the buy-back rate to a low of 19.9 percent, with active buyers from the U.S. and Europe, as well as Russia, Qatar, Japan, Korea, and Central and South America.

Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. ranked as the leading buyer for the second consecutive year, buying 27 yearlings for $11.6 million. Shadwell’s purchases were led by a $1 million Tapit filly consigned by Woods Edge Farm. Tapit, who stands at Gainesway Farm near Lexington, was the sales leading sire by gross with 38 yearlings for a total of $15,670,000, including four which brought $1 million or more.

Louellas Cat defends title

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Mercuria El Rancho champs Louellas Cat and Lindy Burch, pictured at the Futurity Champions Cup.

Defending champions Lindy Burch and Louellas Cat marked 227 for a 3-point win over Matt Budge and Arc Ruby Playgunia in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at El Rancho Futurity on September 14.

Louellas Cat, by High Brow Cat out of Louella Again, is owned by Oxbow Ranch. Earlier in the show, she finished third in the Open Classic Challenge. That, along with her $9,386 Mercuria paycheck, took her lifetime earnings over $232,000.

The Mercuria money will also move Louellas Cat into the Top 10 in the 2013 NCHA World Standings.

Kylie Knight Rice, 24, marked 228 to win the Non-Pro finals of the Mercuria NCHA World Series at El Rancho on Dual Lights, an 8-year-old gelding by CD Lights out of Graciela Dual. She collected $10,764 for the win in her second appearance in a Mercuria World Series finals.

2013 NCHA World Series El Rancho

Monday, September 16th, 2013

False Bravado true winner in El Rancho Futurity

Monday, September 16th, 2013

False Bravado, courtesy El Rancho Futurity

False Bravado, shown by his breeder, Sandy Bonelli, scored 225 points on Friday, September 13, to claim the El Rancho Open Futurity in Murieta, Calif. The win was worth $15,000. Sally Cats Meow and Gary Gonsalves took reserve with 222 points for Iron Rose Ranch, and Im Licken Checks, under Brent Erickson for Frank and Bonnie Martin, placed third with 221.5.

Not many cutting pedigrees carry the clout of False Bravado’s. His sire, High Brow CD, was 2007 NCHA Open Futurity champion and the earner of $542,101; his dam, Shakin Flo, won the 1997 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, the first of her 18 major open and non-pro limited age event championship wins under Sandy Bonelli.

False Bravado is from the first full crop of High Brow CD, also sire of recent Cotton Stakes Futurity open champion Elsewhere and Oklahoma Early Bird Futurity open champion Waving Flag, as well as West Texas Derby non-pro champion Reyzin.

In addition to False Bravado, Shakin Flo has produced seven other NCHA money earners, including Shakin Rondee LTE $283,359; Midnight Rondeevous LTE $118,698; Flo And Tell LTE $61,479; Flo Rider LTE $35,931; and Shake Me Loose LTE $33,811.

In Mercuria World Series action during the El Rancho Futurity, Louellas Cat and Lindy Burch won the Open Finals with 227 points; with ARC Ruby Playgunia and Matt Budge as reserve with 224 points; and Gunna Getcha and Cookie Banuelos third with 223. Louellas Cat, by High Brow Cat, is owned by her breeder, Oxbow Ranch; ARC Ruby Playgunia, by Playgun, is owned by Jackpot Ranch; and Gunna Getcha, by Playgun, belongs to Theresa Gillock.

Kylie Rice won the Mercuria World Series Non-Pro Finals with 228 points aboard Dual Lights, by CD Lights; Donna Flanigan took reserve with 222 points on This Kats Kool, by WR This Cats Smart; and Kim Thome was third on TF Cee Dee Starts, by CD Olena.

The El Rancho Open Classic/Challenge was won by Ms Crystal Highbrow with 224 points under Tim Smith for Julie Whipple. Cat Belue, owned by Charles Burger, scored 221 points for reserve under Grant Setnicka, and Louellas Cat and Lindy Burch captured third with 220.5 points.

For complete results, click here.

2013 Cotton Stakes

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Elseware claims Cotton Stakes Futurity

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Lee Francois

Elseware, by High Brow CD, reinforced her already promising credentials with a 219-point championship win on Thursday, September 12, in the Cotton Stakes Futurity.

Trained and shown by Lee Francois for Richard Camey, Kemp, Tex., and third-placed in the West Texas Futurity, Elseware won the second go-round of the Cotton Stakes Futurity with 218 points and held the second-highest cumulative score (435 points) going into the finals. Her career earnings of $21,500 make her the leading 3-year-old money earner of 2013.

Bred by Ware Farms, Milsap, Tex., Elseware is half-sister to Holidayware, 2011 Cotton Stakes 4-Year-Old Amateur Champion and 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur Champion under Kelsey Weeks.

Funny Boon, by Boon Too Suen, bred by Gary Rosenbach and ridden by Casey Green for Rosenbach’s Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., was reserve champion with 217 points. Rose Valley Ranch is also owner of JJS Catless Merada, reserve champion, to Jett Setter under John Wold, in the Cotton Stakes 4-Year-Old Classic with Michael Cooper.

Dizzy Lizzy Girl, by Lizzys Gotta Player and reserve champion of the West Texas Futurity under owner James Payne, Marietta, Okla., was third in the Cotton Stakes Futurity with 213.5 points.

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