Archive for April, 2015

2015 NCHA Super Stakes Sale continues upward trend

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Metallic Flo

Metallic Flo, a 3-year-old Metallic Cat daughter in training with T.J. Good, was the high-selling lot, at $60,000, during Western Bloodstock Ltd.’s NCHA Super Stakes Sale on Saturday, April 18, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Tex. Cancan Reyvolution, an 8-year-old gelding sired by Dual Rey brought $40,000, as the sales second-highest seller.

The Top 10 sellers averaged $28,000, representing a 23 percent increase over the sale’s 2014 Top 10 sellers, and the Top 20 sellers averaged $22,150, a 22 percent increase over 2014.

The sale’s net average of $11,341 on 76 horses sold represents a seven percent increase over 2014 sale, figures, while the percentage sold remained at 73 percent, from 104 lots, with a gross average of $14,725.

Metallic Flo, consigned by Alan Chappell, Gainesville, Tex., was purchased by Cody Erwin, Vancouver, Wash. Cancan Reyvolution, the 2011 NCHA Derby Non-Pro champion and NCHA earner of $145,837, was purchased by Kent Arnold DVM, Terrell, Tex., from John and Lica Pinkston, Alice, Tex.

Purrfect Playgirl was the high-selling 4-year-old at $25,500. The High Brow Cat daughter, in training with Bill Riddle, was consigned by Glenn Drake, Napa, Calif., and sold to Juan Carlos Rengel Leon, Valencia, Venezuela.

Smart Metallic RG, at $22,000, was the high-selling stallion. The 4-year-old Metallic Cat son, in training with T.J. Good, was consigned by Mariposa Farms and purchased by Billy Gene Crenshaw, Kountze, Tex.

The NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale, August 1 at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, is the next sale on Western Bloodstock Ltd.’s agenda, followed by the Center Ranch Production Sale, in Centerville, Tex. on October 10, and the NCHA Futurity Sales in Fort Worth, in December.

2015 NCHA Super Stakes

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Two tops for 2015 NCHA Super Stakes

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Smooth Talkin Style, reserve champion of the 2014 NCHA Open Futurity under Lloyd Cox, and Dont Stopp Believin with Phil Rapp, each scored 223 points on Saturday to reign as co-champions of the 2015 Open Super Stakes. Adelle and Lindy Burch claimed the second-highest mark with 221.5 points.

Smooth Talkin Style

Lloyd Cox, co-champion on Smooth Talkin Style. Alan Gold photos.

“I’m really comfortable on him and he gives me a reason to be comfortable,” said Cox of Smooth Talkin Style, sired by Smooth As A Cat, bred by Gail Holmes, and owned by Holmes and Dottie Hill. “He reads the situation really good, and on top of that he has ability.”

This was the first Super Stakes win for Cox, 50,  the Super Stakes reserve champion in 2003, on TR Dual Rey, and in 1996, on High Brows Nurse, and an NCHA Riders Hall of Fame member with earnings of $6.9 million.

Dont Stopp Believin, by Dual Rey, gave NCHA Hall of Fame rider Phil Rapp, lifetime earner of $8.4 million, a record third Super Stakes win. Rapp’s first was in 1994, aboard Dont Stopp Believin’s maternal great-granddam Tap O Lena. His second was in 2006, on Dual Smart Rey.

Dont Stopp Believin

Phil Rapp, co-champion on Dont Stopp Believin.

“In 1984, my dad bought Tapeppyoaka Peppy for me,” said Rapp. “She was four and I was 14 and everyone asked why he hadn’t bought me an older horse. He said he wanted me to have a good horse and we could learn together.

“It took a few years, but it has been quite an adventure, and for five generations, we’ve always had a pretty good horse.”

Tapeppyoaka Peppy was the dam of Tap O Lena, NCHA earner of $450,639 and 17 championship wins under Rapp,  in open and non-pro competition.

Bred by Waco Bend Ranch and owned by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Dont Stopp Believin is out of Don’t Look Twice, 2011 NCHA Horse of the Year, 2012 NCHA World Champion, and cutting’s all-time female money earner with $804,954 and 26 championship wins.

Smooth Talkin Style and Don’t Stopp Believin each earned an estimated $56,853, as co champions.

Cade Shepard, 13, becomes NCHA’s youngest Non-Pro Triple Crown event champion

Cade Shepard

Non-Pro Champion Cade Shepard on Twistful Thinking

Cade Shepard, 13, struck fear in the hearts of more than a few non-pro competitors on Saturday, with an eleventh-hour, 217.5-point win in the 23-horse NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals.

With his win on Twistful Thinking, Cade became the youngest rider in history to win an NCHA Non-Pro Triple Crown event. The previous record was held by Kelle Earnheart, winner at 15, of the 2000 NCHA Non-Pro Derby on Justa Swinging Jane.

Ashley Galyean earned the reserve championship on Saturday with 216.5 points on Pedaltothemedal, by Metallic Cat.

Since his NCHA Futurity debut, as co-reserve champion of the 2014 Non-Pro Limited, Cade and his One Time Pepto daughter have earned $45,724, including $16,923 for the Super Stakes win. The precocious pair also claimed reserve in the Ike Hamilton Non-Pro Futurity, as well as that event’s Non-Pro Limited championship.

“It’s definitely the most money I’ve won in one year,” said Cade, son of Austin Shepard, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with NCHA earnings of $5.9 million, and grandson of Sam Shepard, also a member of the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame.

Sam Shepard trained Twistful Thinking for the NCHA Futurity, where he sold her to Cade, who at nine had shown the mare’s dam, Some Kinda Twister, to place as a Junior Youth Finalist in the NCHA Eastern National Championships.

“I I think I am getting a little bit better,” said Cade of his riding skills. “But I’m going to say the horse is getting better and probably helping me get better.”

Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie Join Forces with Western Bloodstock Ltd to Produce Thoroughbred Public Auctions

Monday, April 13th, 2015

(April 13, 2015) The Texas Thoroughbred Association (TTA) and Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie announced today that they have entered into an agreement with Western Bloodstock Ltd. for the production of public auction Thoroughbred sales to be conducted at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion located on the grounds of Lone Star Park. The first auction produced by the new alliance will be the Texas Thoroughbred Yearling Sale, scheduled for Monday August 24, 2015.

“We are extremely pleased to announce this new partnership with Western Bloodstock,” said TTA President Ken Carson. “They have a 15-year track record of conducting sales at the highest level, and we are confident they will bring a new enthusiasm to the market, to the benefit of our members and horsemen throughout the Southwest.

“The TTA and Lone Star Park have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Fasig-Tipton in the production of our auctions since 1997,” Carson continued. “But with Fasig-Tipton making the decision to focus their efforts on other markets, it provided us with the opportunity to develop this new alliance with Western Bloodstock.”

“Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie is proud to be a part of this new alliance to produce Thoroughbred auctions,” added track president Scott Wells. “We are committed not only to offering the best racing possible, but also to having Lone Star Park serve as a marketplace for quality bloodstock through these sales. We believe that this new partnership provides for a bright future toward that goal.”

Regarded as the premier auction company in the performance horse industry, since its establishment in 2000, Western Bloodstock has offered more than 27,500 horses at public auction for total gross sales of $319 million. During the past 18 months, Western Bloodstock Ltd. has cataloged a total of 2,382 horses for gross sales of $35,670,575. The company’s data base of over 11,400 customers offers an attractive opportunity to bring new owners into the Thoroughbred industry, as well.

“We are excited about our new alliance with the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park and look forward to bringing our knowledge and expertise in public horse auctions to the table,” said Jeremy Barwick, owner with his wife Candace, of Western Bloodstock Ltd.

To conduct the sales in conjunction with the TTA and Lone Star Park, Western Bloodstock has teamed with longtime Texas Thoroughbred industry leader Jeff Hooper. Hooper’s experience includes nine years as the Executive Director of the TTA and three and a half years as Vice President of Administration at Lone Star Park.

“We are honored to have this opportunity to work with the TTA and Lone Star Park,” Hooper said. “The Texas Thoroughbred racing industry has strong roots and, combined with Lone Star Park’s commitment to Texas racing and its outstanding facilities, offers an exceptional regional market for quality yearlings and two-year-olds in training.We are proud of our track record of innovation and pledge to offer a first-class market for consignors and buyers, in tune with their needs.”

Founded in 1955, The Texas Thoroughbred Association is the official breed registry for Thoroughbred horses in the State of Texas

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie is a Class I racetrack operated by Texas Partners LSP and GG LSP. The track offers a 50-day 2015 Spring Thoroughbred Season, which opened on Thursday, April 9 and concludes on Sunday, July 19. Live racing will be held three days a week, Friday & Saturday at 6:35 p.m. (except Triple Crown Days May 2, May 16 & June 6 which have a 1:35 p.m. start) and Sundays at 1:35 p.m. Live racing will be held on select Thursdays at 6:35 p.m. (April 9 & 23; June 18; July 16) The racing program on Memorial Day, May 25, will start at 1:35 p.m. A special twilight program will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 (Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration). For more information on Lone Star Park visit

Lone Star Park is also home to the multi-million dollar simulcast racebook, sports bar and event venue, Bar & Book. The 36,000 square foot venue is open to the public 363 days a year.

Wright on for Stars Freckled Girl

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Stars Freckled Girl and Greg Wright. Alan Gold photo

Greg Wright and Stars Freckled Girl, by Metallic Cat, scored 217 points, as the next-to-last entry in the 16-horse John Deere Division of the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Open Finals, to claim the championship for owners Lincoln and Bonnie Clifton, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Wes Ashlock, aboard Gone Are The Times, by One Time Pepto, and Fons De Barbanson on Wild Starz, by Wilds My Thing, tied with the second-highest score of 216 points. Gone Are The Times and Wild Starz are owned by John and Jana Thacker and Nachos QHs, respectively.

Shut out by a renegade cow earlier in the Finals on High On Smarts, also owned by the Cliftons, Wright put his trust in his helpers and Stars Freckled Girl for the eleventh hour win, his first in Will Rogers Coliseum.

“We bought her from Phil Hanson last July, after the Derby,” said Wright. “They did a fabulous job with her. She was cutting when we bought her and we’ve just tried to keep her cutting.”

Shown by both Wright and Lincoln in the 2014 NCHA Futurity, Stars Freckled Cat placed with Lincoln in the Non-Pro Finals, as well as the Non-Pro Limited Finals; placed fifth with Wright in the Open Limited Finals; and earned $15,000 as an Open Semi-Finalist.

“I was a golfer and a friend introduced me to cutting horses,” said Clifton, a trucking company owner with ties to the oil industry. “My handicaps went from a 10 back to a 15, and the next thing I knew, I had about twenty head of horses and babies.”

Stars Freckled Girl, bred by Phil and Leah Hanson, is by Metallic Cat out of Badge To The Bone, a Freckles Playboy daughter with unique connections to the NCHA Futurity and the NCHA World Championships.

Badge To The Bone is out of Badge Of Courage, by Peppy San Badger. Bred by S.J. Agnew out of the Doc Bar daughter Tenino Fair, Badge of Courage was a full sister to Little Tenina $385,822, and three-quarter sister to Tenino San $144,658. Little Tenina was champion of the 1991 NCHA Futurity and 1992 NCHA Derby under Greg Welch, and Tenino San won the 1982 NCHA World Championship, also under Welch.

Wright began his career in California as a reined cowhorse trainer, before he switched to cutting. In 1992, he was reserve champion of the PCCHA Futurity aboard Lakotah Warrior, then won the championship in 1993 aboard Whisper Ofa Playgirl. After that, he struggled to stay competitive.

“I got strung out on dope – meth and crack,” said Wright, matter-of-factly. “But Shannon Hall and his family had a big play in getting me straight. After I went to rehab, I went to work for Shannon for two and a half years, and Shannon got me the job working for Linc.”

Lincoln Clifton is slated to show Stars Freckled Girl in the third set of Lucas Oil Super Stakes Non-Pro first go-round competition on Tuesday, April 14.

2015 NCHA Super Stakes Classic

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Reprise for Feiner and Lil Rattler in Super Stakes Classic

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Steven Feiner and Lil Rattler. Alan Gold photo

“This is a very humbling sport,” said Steven Feiner, following his 222.5-point win aboard Lil Rattler on Wednesday, April 8, in the 2015 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Finals. “We were able to get the cows that we wanted and cut them clean, and that was the difference for us. The mare did the rest.”

It was a reprise performance for Feiner and the 6-year-old Dual Rey daughter. The pair also claimed the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Classic, Feiner’s first title win in Will Rogers Coliseum, in a 220-point tie with Paula Wood and Donas Suen Boon.

Dean Holden and Playin With A Spoon, by Hes A Peptospoonful, scored 219.5 points for Reserve in Wednesday’s Finals, while Mary Ann Rapp and Swing Thru The Drive, by Hydrive Cat, placed third with 218.5 points.

Two years ago this month, Lil Rattler earned her first major check, as fourth-placed finalist under Wesley Galyean, in the 2013 NCHA Open Super Stakes. With the addition of Wednesday’s winnings, she has joined an elite group of NCHA earners with earnings of $200,000 or more.

Feiner purchased Little Rattler as a long two-year-old from Paul Dean, who bred her out of the 2005 NCHA Futurity Open champion Highbrow Supercat, dam of earners of more than $600,000.

“Wesley started her and has had her since the beginning,” said Feiner, a retired clothing business owner, who lives in Aspen, Colo. “He let me start showing her in Vegas of her four-year-old year. She was a lot of horse for me to get used to. She really hits it and gets down on her front end. But she’s so honest and sweet, and so easy to be around, both of us have really enjoyed her.”

Dean Holden and Playin With A Spoon also reprised past Super Stakes success with Wednesday’s performance. In 2013, Holden and his now 6-year-old gelding were reserve champions in both the Super Stakes Non-Pro and Super Stakes Non-Pro Gelding divisions.

Mary Ann Rapp, champion of the 2010 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes aboard ARC Catmando, as well as champion of the 2003 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Classic with Amanda Stargun, was also a 2015 Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Finalist with One Red Mist, a go-round leader with a cumulative score of 434.5 points. Five-year-old Swing Thru The Drive earned her first and to-date only other limited age event paycheck as a semi-finalist with Rapp in the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro division.

The Super Stakes continues Thursday with the first round of Super Stakes Open go-round competition.