Archive for May, 2014

Plendls a’plenty

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Reyly Plendl

Reyly Plendl on Dual N Tuff

After Regan Plendl won the Junior Youth and the $35,000 Non-Pro at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships, Reyly Plendl captured the $50,000 Amateur finals on Tuesday, riding Dual N Tuff.

Reyly had previously been third in the $35,000 Non-Pro with the horse. Reyly will take an estimated $10,000 home to Kingsley, Iowa, from the Western Nationals.

She marked 221 in the $50,000 Amateur finals to win from Carlos Nin0 De Rivera with a 217 on Barnmasterson. She had tied for the sixth highest score in the go-round with a 216 behind Susan Piatelli’s 219.5 on His Reyflection.

Dual N Tuff is an 8-year-old gelding by Dual Rey, bred by Stephan Ralston out of Cats Little Gal, a daughter of NCHA Challenge champion and $608,000-producer Little Hickory Gal.

Reyly was also a finalist on Dual N Tuff in last year’s NYCHA Scholarship Cutting at the NCHA Summer Spectacular.

Reserve champion Carlos Nino De Rivera of Holdrege, Nebraska, marked 217 on Barnmasterson, a 7-year-old son of Cat T Masterson out of Amanda May.

A win for Juanita

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
Juanita Steen

Juanita Steen on Bugsy Maloy

Juanita Steen, 72, of Glenn’s Ferry, Idaho, marked 222 on Bugsy Maloy to win the $15,000 Amateur finals Monday at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver.

She was a $10,000 Amateur finalist with Bugsy Maloy at the Western Nationals in 2009, but this was her first major event win on the 13-year-old gelding.

Bugsy Maloy was bred by Kelly and Janice Cornforth by Bugs Valentino out of Downtroden, who was a daughter of $256,000 earner Freckles Docs Oak. The gelding’s career earnings will pass $25,000 with his win in Denver.

Steen marked 215 in the go-round to tie for the seventh high score, behind Kara Nielsen with a 219 on Leave N Las Vegas. In the finals, her 222 gave her a 5 1/2-point cushion over reserve champion Gail Costello of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Costello rode Joes Midnight Son, a 16-year-old San Jo Lena gelding that has earned $90,000.

$35,000 Non-Pro

Regan Plendl

Regan Plendl on Rey Nounce.

Regan Plendl of Kingsley, Iowa, and Rey Nounce picked up their second championship of the Western Nationals in the $35,000 Non-Pro finals on Sunnday.

Their 221 gave them a one-point lead over Virginia Kilduff of Prescott Valley, Arizona, on Wood I Jazz.

Despite drawing last in the first set of the finals, Plendl found the cows she needed for a winning score in the $35,000 Non-Pro. A day earlier, she won the Junior Youth finals while working first in the draw.

Rey Nounce is a Dual Rey x Peek A Boon 9-year-old bred by Double Dove Ranch.

Reserve champion Virginia Kilduff rode Wood I Jazz, a 12-year-old Zack T Wood mare hat has earned over $50,000.


2013 NCHA Western Nationals

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

California Chrome conquers Kentucky

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

California Chrome became a “made for Hollywood,” dream-come-true for 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman and owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, with his 1 3/4-length victory, under Victor Espinoza, in today’s 140th running of the Kentucky Derby.

It was the fifth consecutive win for the 5-2 favorite, who won his four previous starts, including the G1 Santa Anita Derby on April 5, by a total of 25 ¼ lengths. Commanding Curve, a 37-1 longshot, with one win in six starts, finished second; Danza placed third at 9-1 .

Partners Coburn and Martin paid a stud fee of $2,500 to breed their $8,000 mare, Love the Chase, to Lucky Pulpit and get California Chrome, the first California-bred horse to claim the Kentucky Derby since Decidedly, in 1962, and the winner of $2,374,850, including $1.24 million for his Derby win. Earlier this spring, Coburn and Martin turned down a $6 million offer from a party interested in purchasing 51 percent interest in the colt.

“This is a dream come true,” said Coburn, 61, an army veteran and nine-to-five working man from Topaz Lake, Calif. “I was riding him the last 70 yards with Victor.”

It was the second Derby victory for Espinoza, who won the 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes on War Emblem.

“I don’t mess with him that much.” said Espinoza, who has been California Chrome’s sole rider since December, when the pair won the Golden State Juvenile Stakes at Hollywood Park by 6 ¼ lengths. “I just let him run his race and enjoy himself,”

With California Chrome’s win, Art Sherman entered the record books as the oldest trainer of a Kentucky Derby winner. It also marked the first time in 59 years that Sherman had accompanied an entry to the Derby. The first time was in 1955, when Sherman, an 18-year-old stable boy, came to Churchill Downs with the team of California-bred Swaps, but stayed on the backside during the race.

“Words can’t describe how I feel,” said Sherman, who visited the grave of 1955 Derby winner Swaps, at Churchill Downs, the day before the Derby. “He’s my Swaps.”

Lucchese Cogdell and Bentley Boon prevail

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Lucchese Cogdell

Lucchese Cogdell on Bentley Boon.

Lucchese Cogdell of Tulia, Texas, marked 221 on her 8-year-old gelding Bentley Boon to win the Senior Youth title at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver on Saturday. Derek Waters finished second with a 217.5 on Sassy N Smooth.

Bentley Boon was bred by Kenneth Rodgers by Peptoboonsmal, out of $99,00-earner and $661,000-proucer Sheyssmatlittlelena, by Smart Little Lena. Sheyssmatlittlelena is also the dam of MillionHeir champ Redneck Yachtclub ($517,000). With earnings of $79,000, the gelding had a successful limited age career with Alvin Fults and Beau Galyean before Lucchese got him.

She has been a finalist with Bentley Boon at the West Texas Futurity, Brazos Bash and the Grace Ranch NYCHA World Finals.

Reserve champion Derek Waters of Macksville, Kansas, showed his 8-year-old Smooth As A Cat mare Sassy N Smooth. The mare was bred by Gene Cunningham out of Sammie Jo Lena. Derek won the Kansas Classic on her two years ago.

Junior Youth

Regan Plendl

Regan Plendl on Rey Nounce.

Regan Plendl of Kingsley, Iowa, marked 219 to win the Junior Youth finals. She rode Rey Nounce, a 9-year-old son of Dual Rey bred by Double Dove Ranch. Rey Nounce, an earner of $106,000, is out of Peek A Boon, whose offspring have earned $574,000, including Play Peek A Boon ($205,000).

Regan, who marked the second high score of 217 in the go-round (behind Payton Paul’s 218 on Badger Poo), drew first in the finals for the winning run.

Stephanie Croft’s 216.5 on Frosted Feathers nailed down the reserve championship. Frosted Feathers is an 8-year-old Cats Red Feather mare out of CJ Little Rachel.

Greenbacks for Zack And Blue

Friday, May 2nd, 2014
Zack And Blue

Cody Lamont on Zack And Blue.

Zack And Blue, ridden by Cody Lamont for Parri and Jerry Longworth of Scottsdale, Arizona, marked 222 on Friday to win the Open finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver. Brian Anderson took the reserve title with a 220.5 on Sues So Smart for Bambi Gress of Ennis, Montana.

Bred by Jim Vangilder, Zack And Blue is by Mecom Blue out of Zacks Lena, a Zack T Wood mare that earned $135,000 and has produced the earners of $337,000, including Lena Rey Zack ($116,000).

Nine-year-old Zack And Blue has made over $107,000. He won his first Western Nationals championship in 2012 with Al Dunning in the $3,000 Novice. He has also been a finalist there three times with Parri Longworth in restricted classes, and with Cody Lamont in the $2,000 Limit Rider at the 2011 show.

Lamont showed Little Tazman in the $10,000 Novice finals at the Western Nationals in 2012, and took Smart Little Wood to the finals of that class this year.

In the Open, he marked 216.5 on Zack And Blue to tie for the third highest score behind Kenneth Platt’s  on Bea Smooth Marie and Jerry Palmer on Niki Blue, who both marked 219 in the go-round.

In the finals, he drew mid-way through the first set to post his winning 222. That was worth an estimated $5,090.

Reserve champion Sues So Smart was bred by Frank and Belinda Vandersloot by 6666 Ranch stallion WR This Cats Smart, out of three-time World Champion Meradas Little Sue. Brian Anderson has shown the 8-year-old mare for earnings of more than $63,000.

$3,000 Novice

Sues So Smart

Brian Anderson on To High For Sue.

Also on Friday, Brian Anderson rode a three-quarter sister to Sues So Smart to the championship in the $3,000 Novice finals for Sharon Waggoner of Jackson, Wyoming. he marked 220 on the 5-year-old mare to win from PKR Big Mac, ridden by Jon Burgess, with a 217.5.

Bred by the Vandersloots, Sues So Smart is by High Brow CD out of $1.1 million producer Meradas Little Sue. The broodmare’s offspring include Boon Too Suen ($248,000), Goody Two Sue ($124,000), Sue You ($116,000) and Meradas Blue Sue ($112,000).

Anderson was a Pacific Coast Derby finalist on To High For Sue last year, and her win in Denver will take her earnings over $21,000. Besides his reserve championship in the Open on Sues So Smart, Anderson was also a $10,000 Novice finalist on Didges Smart Kitty at this year’s Western Nationals. His other major wins have included El Rancho Futurity, Calgary Stampede Futurity and Big Sky Futurity.

Reserve champion PKR Big Mac went over the $100,000 mark at Denver for Jon and Traci Burgess of Cleburne, Texas. Bred by Joann Parker, the 6-year-old Starlights Gypsy gelding is out of Justa Swinging Gal. PKR Big Mac also took the reserve title in the $10,000 Novice.

$2,000 Limit Rider

Cara Glaze

Cara Glaze on Cee Sophi Kat.

After placing 18th last year in the $2,000 Limit Rider finals at the NCHA Western Nationals, Cara Glaze of Scottsdale, Arizona, came back this year to win the whole thing by marking 218 on Cee Sophi Kat, earning an estimated $5,090. Gianna Pietrafeso was second with a 216 on Smokin Tap.

Cee Sophi Kat is owned by Gordan Roper of Scottsdale, Arizona, and was bred by Troy Randolph. The 6-year-old palomino mare is by Sophisticated Catt out of Little Billie Smart, by Smart Little Jerry. She was the Super Stakes Amateur reserve champion with Randolph in 2012 and also won the Cattlemen’s Derby Amateur title with him that year.

Glaze was a $2,000 Rider finalist on MLPepto Cat at Western Nationals last year, and placed third in the class at the Mercuria NCHA World Finals on Lena Rey Zack last winter.

Smart Stingrey wins at Western Nationals

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Mike Wood on Smart Stingrey.

Mike Wood and Smart Stingrey marked 217 for a half-point win in the $10,000 Novice finals, the first championship decided at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western Nationals in Denver on Wednesday.

Jon Burgess took the reserve title with a 216.5 on his own Starlights Gypsy gelding.

Smart Stingrey was bred by John McClaren by Dual Rey out of Smart Sandhill Kay, a Smart Mate mare that earned $45,000. Smart Stingrey is her first money earner, and the 8-year-old gelding has earned over $150,000, including an extensive aged event career with Lloyd Cox.

Mike Wood trains Smart Stingrey for Michelle and Jeff LeMaster of Las Vegas, Nevada. He showed in the Mercuria NCHA World Finals in the $10,000 Novice division last winter.

At Denver, he posted the top score in the go-round with a 221, and drew first in the first set of the finals for his championship run. He also qualified for the Open and the $3,000 Novice finals.