Archive for September, 2014

Brazos Bash Open on the books

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Kenny Platt. Sally Harrison photo

Fancy Hughes, ridden by Kenny Platt for Reed and Sheryl McClymont, Holdrege, Neb., scored an overwhelming 226-point win on Monday, September 29, in the Brazos Bash Open Futurity. The $23,000 winner’s prize represented the second consecutive 3-year-old champion’s title for the daughter of Thomas E Hughes, bred by the McClymonts out of Choice Jewels, by SR Instant Choice. In August, she won the Idaho Futurity, worth $12,737.

DMAC Spicy Spoon, shown by James Payne for Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., claimed reserve with 220 points, while Smooth Serena Rey, with Geoffrey Sheehan for Toddy Pitard, El Dorado, Ark., was third with 219 points.

Junie Wood, 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion with Craig Crumpler, and 2014 NCHA Super Stakes champion under John Mitchell for Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., took the Brazos Bash 4-year-old championship and first-place money of $20,000 with 225.5 points. The Nitas Wood daughter, a full sister to Woody Be Tuff, sire of 2012 NCHA Futurity co-champion CR Tuff Hearted Cat, is the official NCHA earner of $242,949.

Spoonful Of Stella, shown by Jason Clark for Wrigley Ranches, Weatherford, Tex., placed second with 224 points; RW Rockin, shown by Lloyd Cox for Monty Johnson, Weatherford, Tex., was third with 220 points.

Spoonful Of Stella, by Hes A Peptospoonful and out of 2000 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion Stella Starlight, also won the Cotton Stakes Derby in September under Clark.

Once In A Blu Boon, with 10 major limited age event championship titles to his name, claimed his eleventh with 226 points in the Classic Open under James Payne. The 6-year-old son of Peptoboonsmal is owned by Charlotte Farms, Rosston, Tex., owned by Jill Freeman, widow of the stallion’s breeder and legendary trainer, Bill Freeman.

Once In A Blu Boon, the official NCHA earner of $299,000, is out of Autumn Boon, a leading producer of earners of over $1.5 million.

Reserve champion of the Brazos Bash Classic, Short N Smooth,scored 225 points with Jason Clark for owner Darren Blanton, Dallas, Tex, who won the 2012 Brazos Bash Non-Pro champion’s title riding the Smooth As A Cat sired gelding. Including his Brazos Bash winnings, 6-year-old Short N Smooth has lifetime earnings of $249,000.

Six-year-old Cat Belue, by High Brow Cat, placed third in the Classic with 224 points, under Geoffrey Sheehan for Charles Burger, Chatsworth, Ga.

The Brazos Bash, held at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Tex., concludes its 11-day run on October 5 with the amateur finals.

Big Bash Sale barometer for healthy market

Friday, September 26th, 2014

High seller Louellas Bet. Photo by Jim Arnold

Competitive bidding at the inaugural Big Bash on the Brazos Sale, September 23 at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Tex., reinforced the demand for show horses in today’s market.

Two-year-old Louellas Bet, consigned by Oxbow Ranch and in training with Davide Facincani, was the high-seller, at $40,000, from a select number of cutting horses sold while working cattle. The red roan filly is from the first crop of 2011 NCHA World Champion Bet Hesa Cat,also bred by Oxbow Ranch, and is half-sister to Movin Downtown LTE $346,715, as well as three-quarter sister to Louellas Cat LTE $280,119 and Cattalou LTE $166,295. She was purchased by John Viola, Fort Worth, Tex.

Three-year-old Linkinparkafterdark, consigned by and in training with Matt Miller, was the second-highest seller at $29,000. The black daughter of Third Cutting is out of Travs Scooter LTE $221,566, Miller’s 2006 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity Champion.

Produced by Western Bloodstock LTD., the Big Bash on the Brazos, with a top five average of $25,800, offered a limited catalog of horses, from two to six-year-olds, all sold while working cattle. The well-attended sale, preceded by a complimentary lunch, launched the $300,000 Brazos Bash, held at Silverado Arena from September 24 through October 5.

The next sales on tap for Western Bloodstock LTD. are the 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales, December 8 through 13 at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex. The sales, including the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale on December 8, and the Select Yearling Sale and Gala, draw buyers from around the world to vie for cutting’s finest.

Deadline for consignment to the NCHA Futurity Sales is October 15. For additional information, visit

Market stability marks Keeneland Yearling Sale

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Lexington, Ky – The Keeneland September Yearling Sale, the world’s premier Thoroughbred auction, closed Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, with results nearly equal to 2013, continuing a healthy trend toward market stability.

Gross receipts for the 13-day sale, held Sept. 8-21, totaled $279,960,500. A total of 2,819 yearlings were sold versus 2,744, for $280,491,300, in 2013. The average price of $99,312 was down 2.8 percent from $102,220 last year. The median remained the same as last year, at $50,000.

“The success of this sale flows from the fact that we continue to operate in a fair, realistic market,” said Keeneland vice president of sales Walt Robertson. “We had a significant improvement in results the last two years. Now we’re seeing consistency and stability in the market, which fuels optimism, heightens buyer confidence, and spurs competition.”

Trade in the upper middle market, defined as horses sold for $400,000 or more, proved exceptionally strong despite 113 fewer horses cataloged. Thirteen yearlings sold for $1 million or more, including two for the sale-topping price of $2.2 million each, compared to 18 last year. Altogether, 121 yearlings brought $400,000 or more each versus 105 sold in that price range in 2013.

Further indication of the sale’s strong performance lies in the fact that during the first weekend and week 2 of the sale, the highest-priced yearling of each session exceeded the top price for the corresponding session in 2013. In each of those sessions, a yearling sold for $100,000 or more.

“There was all-out competition for horses from start to finish, and buyers were more determined to go home with horses,” said Keeneland director of sales Geoffrey Russell.

In addition to the U.S., Europe and Dubai, buyers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Japan, Korea, Russia, and Central and South America were also active at the sale.

John Ferguson, bloodstock adviser to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, was the sale’s leading buyer, acquiring 22 yearlings for $7.88 million. The second-leading buyer was Ben Glass, agent for leading U.S. owners Gary and Mary West, who purchased 29 horses for $7,805,000.

This year colts by two of the world’s most successful stallions each brought the sale-topping price of $2.2 million. The first was a son of War Front consigned by Claiborne Farm and purchased by M.V. Magnier. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. bought the second top-priced yearling, a half-brother by Tapit to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner New Year’s Day, consigned by Clearsky Farms, agent.

For the third consecutive year, Tapit, who stands at Gainesway, in Lexington, was the sale’s leading sire, with 36 yearlings that grossed $21,725,000. The average price for his yearlings was $603,472, the highest average for a sire at the September Sale since 2007, when 23 yearlings by A.P. Indy sold for an average of $858,043.

Moyglare Stud Farm paid $1.5 million for the sale’s top-priced filly, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Nereid. She was consigned by Royal Oak Farm.

During Sunday’s final session, Keeneland sold 178 horses for $1,913,300, for an average of $10,749 and a median of $6,000. There was no comparable session for last year’s 12-day sale. Lisa Orth paid the day’s top price of $120,000 for Fort Hope, a colt by Fort Prado out of the Vindication mare Zindi. The colt was consigned by MJK Bloodstock, agent.

Keeneland’s next sale will be the November Breeding Stock Sale, to be held Nov. 4-14.

Lizzys Gotta Babe wins at El Rancho

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Lizzys Gotta Babe

Morgan Cromer and Lizzys Gotta Babe won the Mercuria World Series finals at El Rancho Futurity. Ted Petit photo.

Morgan Cromer marked 225 on Lizzys Gotta Babe to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series Open finals at El Rancho Futurity on September 19.

World Champion One Time Choice finished second with Chubby Turner with a 223, and the recent Idaho Mercuria champion, Peptos Chic Olena, finished thrid with Todd Bimat with a score of 222.5.

It was the first World Series win for Lizzys Gotta Babe, and the second for Cromer, a Hall of Fame Rider who scored at Las Vegas this summer on Woodys Wildest Cat.

Lizzys Gotta Babe is owned by Tim and Missy Drummond of Pawhuska, Oklahoma and was bred by Drummond Land & Cattle Co. The 8-year-old mare is by Lizzys Gotta Player out of Moms Stylish Babe, an NCHA Derby finalist that has produced earners of  $685,000, including Cat Mom Do ($187,000), My Lizzy Babe ($152,000) and Card Trick ($108,000).

Moms Stylish Babe is out of $822,000 producer Playboys Mom. And Playboys Mom was out of NCHA Futurity champion and $426,000 producer Lenaette.

Adan Banuelos won the El Rancho 5/6-year-old with Lizzys Gotta Babe in 2012. The mare has been a Mercuria World Series finalist seven times. Her win with Morgan Cromer will take her earnings over $72,000.

Jay Moss Cougar

Bill Lacy on Jay Moss Cougar.

In the Non-Pro division, Non-Pro Hall of Famer Bill Lacy of Crested Butte, Colorado marked 223on Jay Moss Cougar to win by one point over Katie Fonsen Young on For Instance.

Jay Moss Cougar is a homebred 6-year-old by High Brow Cougar out of Ariel Rey, a Dual Rey mare that won the West Texas Futurity and earned $85,000. This was the first Mercuria World Series finals for Jay Moss Cougar, who won the Western States Fall Classic Non-Pro and has been a finalist at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, Pacific Coast Derby, Cattlemen’s Derby, Abilene Spectacular and the Bonanza. The gelding has earned over $66,000.

For Bill Lacy, it was his second Mercuria finals and his second win. He rode Cats Puma to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series in Lyon, France in 2011.

Dan Urschel, 1942 – 2014

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Dan Urschel and Pie In The Sky in 1984. Sally Harrison photo

Dan Urschel, 72, Canadian, Tex., passed away on September 16, 2014, after suffering a stroke on September 3. The longtime Quarter Horse race breeder and his wife, Jolene, owners of the 3 Bar D Ranch, campaigned two All American Futurity winners, including Special Effort, the only 2-year-old Triple Crown winner in Quarter racing history.

Cattleman D.F. Urschel, Dan Urschel’s grandfather, founded the 3 Bar D in the 1930s, and Urschel’s father and mother, Lester and Mary, moved from their home state of Kansas to manage the ranch in 1946, when Dan was three.

At a prominent race sale in 1965, the Urschels purchased two-time AQHA running champion Straw Flight, by Jack Straw TB, as well as the mare’s full sister, 1961 champion 3-year-old filly Fly Straw. Bred by Dan and Mary to Rocket Bar TB, Fly Straw produced Flying Rockette, winner of the 1973 Rainbow Futurity.

Flying Rockette, when bred to their 1979 All American Futurity winner Pie In The Sky, produced Fly In The Pie, who Dan and Jolene in turn bred to Special Effort and got stakes winner Strawfly Special, a leading sire of two All American Futurity winners, Streakin Flyer and Ausual Suspect, as well as world champion Tailor Fit.

In 1981, the Urschels paid $1 million for a 2-year-old Raise Your Glass TB colt named Special Effort, who had just qualified for the Kansas Futurity. At the time, it was the highest price ever paid for a Quarter Horse in training. In less than three months, immediately after he qualified for the All American Futurity, Special Effort was syndicated for $15 million. Upon retirement at three, Special Effort became one of Quarter racing’s leading sires and maternal grandsires.

In 1983, the Urschels held a dispersal sale at the 3 Bar D Ranch that included Flying Rockette, as well as a stellar roster of champion mares bred to either Special Effort or Pie In The Sky. The sale grossed $4.2 million.

Earlier this year, the Urschels acquired champion sire Desirio, a son of Strawfly Special, and just days before Dan was felled by his stroke, they were among the leading buyers at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, purchasing four 2015 race prospects for a total of $480,000.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Prime market for Western Fall Roundup Sale

Monday, September 8th, 2014

High seller Reynshine

Reynshine, a 9-year-old stallion sired by Dual Rey, brought $30,000, to top the inaugural Western Fall Roundup Sale, produced by Western Bloodstock at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Ark., on September 6, 2014.

Altogether, 107 lots of all ages, types, and breeds of Western performance horses, from an offering of 153 sold (70 percent) for an average of $3,652, with a top ten average of $12,140.

“It was a very good sale,” said Western Bloodstock’s Jeremy Barwick. “I felt we needed options to meet the needs of everyone and not just the owners who have cutting horses of the caliber that sell well in Fort Worth. I want to have a market for everyone, with a roster of sales that can accommodate everything from the $2,000 horse to the $500,000 horse.”

Reynshine, a 9-year-old stallion and earner of $118,807, was consigned by PJ Cutters LLC and purchased by Bill Coon, Spickard, MO. The Dual Rey son, the 2008 NCHA Futurity Ltd. Open Reserve Champion, sold while working cattle under trainer Clay Johnson.

Instant Cat was the high-selling gelding at $20,000. The 8-year-old son of High Brow Cat and NCHA earner of $40,894, was consigned by Kelsey Weeks and sold to Tom O’Neil, Monroe, La., while working cattle under trainer Clay Johnson.

Cutest Kitty Ever, a 5-year-old mare in training with Zach Combs, sold for $15,000 to Alan Chappell, Gainesville, Tex. The Smooth As A Cat daughter and NCHA money earner, whose second dam is all-time leading producer Royal Blue Boon, with earners of $2.46 million, was consigned by VP Cutting Horses LLC.

Spitfire Kitty, an NCHA amateur money earner was the high-selling 4-year-old at $8,800. The Athena Puddy Cat daughter, consigned by 3D Livestock, was purchased by Oswaldo Celis, Valencia, Venezuela.

Martha Josey, Karnack, Tex., purchased the high-selling 3-year-old, Look At This, for $8,200. The chestnut overo daughter of Gimme, shown working under trainer Brett Davis, was consigned by Johnny W. Brown.

Reydarluv, nominated for the NCHA Super Stakes, was the high-selling yearling at $8,000. Consigned by Rick and Shelly Mowery and purchased by Judy Walden, Buda, Tex., the red roan daughter of Boon A Little is out of a daughter of NCHA Futurity Open champion producer Some Kinda Playgirl.

The next sale on Western Bloodstock’s agenda is the Big Bash on the Brazos, for cutting horses from 2-years-old to six-years-old on cattle, Tuesday, September 23, at Silverado Arena, Weatherford, Tex. The NCHA Futurity Sale, for which entries are still being accepted, is scheduled for December 8 through 13 at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex.

The Western Winter Roundup, Saturday, January 10, at the Oklahoma State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, Okla., is the first sale on Western Bloodstock’s 2015 calendar. As with the Western Fall Roundup Sale it is for all ages, types, and breeds of Western performance horses, with a consignment fee of $250 and no pass out fee.

For consignment and schedule information, as well as early listings and online catalogs, go to

2014 NCHA World Series Idaho

Thursday, September 4th, 2014