Archive for June, 2015

Cyndi Cat wins PCCHA Derby Mercuria Open

Sunday, June 14th, 2015
Cyndi Cat and Mike Wood

Cyndi Cat and Mike Wood,

Cyndi Cat, shown by Mike Wood for Dr. Gerald Dorros, Wilson, Wyo., nailed a 227-point win in the PCCHA Derby Mercuria Open on Saturday, June 13 in Las Vegas.

Pounce, shown by Morgan Cromer for Clarke Butte Ranch, Bend, Ore., was second with 225 points; Special Nu Baby placed third with 223.5 points under Matt Gaines for Barker Ranch, Madill, Okla.

“Cyndi Cat has a really good, low style, so I try to play on that fact and cut some cows that she can keep in the middle and show off her good points,” said Wood, who also placed fourth with 222 points on Smart Stingrey, owned by Michelle LeMaster.

Eight-year-old Cyndi Cat, by WR This Cats Smart, qualified for the finals with 220.5 points in the go-round. Nine-year-old Smart Stringrey was the go-round winner with 223.5 points.

Dr. Dorros, a prominent cardiologist, among the first to perform coronary angioplasty in the U.S., purchased Cyndi Cat in October 2014 from Theresa and Gerald Gillock of Las Vegas, and qualified to ride her in the 2014 NCHA $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals in Fort Worth, as well as the 2015 NCHA $5,000 Novice Non-Pro Western Nationals in Reno.

“We bought her for Dr. Dorros to show, but I show her to keep her right for him, whenever he wants to show,” said Wood, who won the PCCHA Winter Roundup Pro-Am on Cyndi Cat, career earner of over $125,000.

Jaeggi and Saguaro Ichi claim second consecutive Non-Pro title in Vegas

Constance Jaeggi on Saguaro Ichi

Constance Jaeggi on Saguaro Ichi

Back in action after a three month respite, following their winning 2014 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship campaign, Constance Jaeggi and Saguaro Ichi never missed a beat in the PCCHA Derby Mercuria Non-Pro.

“My first cow was really, really tough and kind of set the pace for the rest of the run,” said Jaeggi, who scored 227 points for the win. “He had time off, but he doesn’t need much work and he gets back in shape pretty quick.”

Jaeggi and her nine-year-old gelded son of Cat Ichi, marked 219.5 points, the second-highest score in the go-round, won by Alexa Stent with 220.5 points on Little Bow Peepto.

“This is like my favorite place to show,” said Jaeggi, who also won the 2014 PCCHA Derby Mercuria Non-Pro title on Saguaro Ichi. “He has always been consistent. It was a little tough for a few months when I first started riding him because we had to get to know each other. But I know him like the inside of my pocket now.”

Cade Shepard, Summervale, Ala., and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex., tied for second place with 221 points riding Some Kinda Highbrow and Starz N Boon, respectively.

Albert Paxton, 1922-2015

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Albert PaxtonAlbert Paxton, 93, who played a major role in the spread of cutting in Northern Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta region, passed away June 8. Paxton, who was inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame in 2002, established Paxton Quarter Horses in Tallulah, Louisiana after serving in World War II.

He was the first president of the Mississippi Quarter Horse Association and a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

In 1956 Paxton and a few others brought cutting to the area with a $500-added show in Vicksburg, Mississippi. That led to the establishment of the North East Louisiana Cutting Horse Association in 1961.

In 1957, Paxton bought Poco Poco, an own son of King that was an NCHA money earner and a grand champion at halter. Poco Poco sired NCHA World Champion King Skeet.

One of the most famous horses he bred was Docs Otoetta, winner of the 1981 NCHA Derby with Bill Riddle. In 1982, she set a record for the most money ever won by a cutting horse in a single year with $92,390. She also won the NCHA Open Classic and placed second in the Non-Pro Classic that year, ridden by John Paxton.

Albert Paxton is survived by his wife, Suzanne Brunazzi Paxton; sons, Albert Henry Paxton, Jr. (Sarah), William Theo Paxton (Charlynne), John Houston Paxton, James Edward Paxton (Chris); daughters, Pamela Paxton Ferriss (David), and Valeria Paxton MacPhail (William); step-children Cecilia Grant Draper, Thomas Arthur Grant, III and Richard Arthur Grant; and many grandchildren.

First Valiant Sign wins Ruidoso Futurity

Monday, June 8th, 2015

The day after American Pharaoh won the thoroughbred Triple Crown, First Valiant Sign took the first step towards a possible Quarter Horse Triple Crown, when he won the Grade 1, $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on June 7.

“This is the year of the Triple Crown,” First Valiant Sign’s co-owner Derrol Hubbard said. “You’ve got to win the first one. We are very fortunate and very lucky.”

“I got all I could ask for,” said winning jockey Larry Payne. “He left the gate honest and was right there (with the leaders). About halfway through I was still behind, but knew I had the winner. I don’t want to sound arrogant, but he was making up a neck with each stride.”

To win the All American Triple Crown at Ruidoso Downs, First Valiant Sign must now win the Grade 1, $1 million Rainbow Futurity and the Grade 1, $3 million All American Futurity, which has the largest purse of any two-year-old race in the world.

If First Valiant Sign takes the All American Triple Crown, he will earn $2,235,000 in purse money and the $4 million All American Bonus for a total of $6,235,000. American Pharaoh earned a total of $2,640,000 for winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

The last Quarter Horse to win all three Grade 1 futurities at Ruidoso Downs was world champion Special Effort in 1981, four years after Affirmed won the thoroughbred Triple Crown. American Pharaoh was the first thoroughbred Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

First Valiant Sign, a $100,000 purchase at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, ran the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity in :17.310, earning $315,000 for the win.

“He’ll like more distance,” Payne said, referring to the 400 yards of the Rainbow Futurity and the 440 yards of the All American Futurity.

Owned by Hubbard with Scott Bryant, Joe Dee Brooks and R. Lee Lewis, First Valiant Sign, a gelded son of Valiant Hero, finished a neck in front of Jess Burnin, who was disqualified and placed last for interference. The disqualification moved Fine Oak Corona from third place to second place, and One Fabulous Eagle was moved from fourth place to third.

Jess Burnin’s disqualification cost Mike Joiner, also First Valiant Sign’s trainer, a one-two finish. And although First Valiant Sign was 31-1 long shot, Joiner was not surprised by his win.

“In his training race, he ran green, but he closed strongly,” said Joiner. “And the one hole was the perfect place for him today.”

First Valiant Sign finished second with a time of :17.786 in his Ruidoso Futurity trial and was the only finalist who did not win his trial. Jose Sanchez’s Fine Oak Corona, trained by Paul Jones, had the fastest time (:17.648) on the same trial day as First Valiant Sign. L. Salvador Martinez was aboard the Coronas Prospect son.

Darling Farms’ One Fabulous Eagle, a son of One Famous Eagle, was a $75,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase. Trained by Kasey Willis, One Fabulous Eagle made his racing debut with a one-length win and the second-fastest time (:17.687) on the first day of trials.