Archive for September, 2019

A Star Is Borne

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

A Star Is Borne, lived up to her name on September 5, when she claimed the championship of the Cotton Stakes Open Futurity, in West Monroe, La. Shown by Michael Cooper for Belle Terre Ranch, Corinth, Miss., the Boon Too Suen daughter scored 222 points for her first official paycheck. Bred by Rose Valley Ranch, A Star Is Borne is out of the Smooth As A Cat daughter Holly Is Smooth LTE $225,782, dam of three NCHA money earners, including Yall Count Me In LTE $85,768 and Hesa Money Maker LTE $83,948, by Im Countin Checks.

Metallic Sweetness was awarded the reserve championship and $8,200, her first career check, for a 221.5-point performance under Russ Westfall. Owned by Jerry Rava, Paso Robles, Calif., Metallic Sweetness is out of the Peptoboonsmal daughter A Spoonful O Sugar, an NRCHA earner of $78,414.

Third-placed Sweet Lil Aristo came into the Cotton Stakes with $14,852 earned as West Texas Futurity Open reserve champion and Open Gelding winner. Shown by Beau Galyean and bred and owned by Jerry and Vickie Durant, Weatherford, Tex., the Sweet Lil Pepto-sired gelding is out of the Smart Aristocrat daughter Aristo Katz LTE $260,144, dam of 15 NCHA earners of $641,914.

The Cotton Stakes continues through Sunday, September 8.

Ms Baby Cakes makes two for Barker Ranch and Cox at Cotton Stakes

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Ms Baby Cakes tallied her second consecutive 4-year-old championship of the year with a 226-point score under Lloyd Cox in the 2019 Cotton Stakes on Tuesday, in West Monroe, La. Royal Red Brow with Boyd Rice scored 224.5 points for reserve, while Bama Jelly and Austin Shepard placed third with 223.5 points.

Bred and owned by Barker Ranch Cutting Horses LLC, Madill, Okla., Metallic Cat daughter Ms Baby Cakes was an NCHA Futurity finalist under Cox and including the $7,500 Cotton Stakes winner’s purse, has earned $81,596 so far in 2019. Out of 2015 NCHA Open World Champion Special Nu Baby LTE $481,197, Ms Baby Cakes is a three-quarter sister to Smooth Nu Cat LTE $193,816.

Barker Ranch and Lloyd Cox also teamed with 6-year-old Second Spot, by Spots Hot, to win the Cotton Stakes Classic with 224.5 points. Second Spot, the 2016 NCHA Futurity Open champion under Matt Gaines, is the lifetime earner of $421,569. Her 2019 record with Cox includes the Ike Hamilton Classic championship and the reserve championship of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Royal Red Brow, owned by Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex., was an NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist with Kenny Platt and placed in the finals of three 2019 limited age events before the Cotton Stakes. The High Brow Cat daughter, bred by Michelle Cannon and a three-quarter sister to Catillac Reys LTE $177,182 and Chrome Catillac LTE $100,193, has NCHA lifetime earnings of $36,693.

Bama Jelly, sired by Bamacat and owned and bred by Madalyn Cogrove, Boligee, Ala., was an NCHA Futurity finalist with Shepard, and went on to earn substantial payouts with a fourth-place finish worth $45,032 in the NCHA Super Stakes and with the Arbuckle Mountain Derby win, worth $30,000. In addition, Bama Jelly and Shepard won the Augusta Futurity, placed fourth in the Breeders Invitational, and earned money in two additional finals.

Bama Jelly is currently ranked fifth among 2019 NCHA leading 4-year-old money earners. Sueper Trouper, owned and shown by Non-Pro competitor Constance Jaeggi, as well as by Grant Setnicka in Open, tops the 4-year-old list with $193,409.

Metallic Drifter, reserve in the Cotton Stakes Classic Open with 220.5 points, is shown by Matt Gaines for Jim Vangilder, Weatherford, Tex. The 5-year-old Metallic Cat daughter, lifetime earner of $113,486, also won the 2019 Arbuckle Mountain Classic.

Hott Heels, third-placed in the Cotton Stakes Classic Open, ranks third, with $104,036, among 5/6-year-old money earners in 2019. Shown by Lloyd Cox for Julie Jarma, Whitesboro, Tex., the Hottish-sired gelding won the 2019 West Texas Futurity Classic Non-Pro with Jarma and placed reserve in the Open. He was also Open reserve champion of the Breeders Invitational Classic, and placed third in both the NCHA Classic Challenge Open and Non-Pro Finals.

The Cotton Stakes continues through Sunday, September 8.

Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale increases over 2018

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

The final night of Quarter Horse racing’s three-day Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, on Sunday, September 1, at Ruidoso Downs, NM, produced the sale’s top-three sellers, led by the $400,000 purchase of Oro Crystal by Stan Sigman and Johnny Trotter. The final night’s average per horse sold was $55,420, a boost of seven percent over 2018. The total for the three-day sale, with a catalog offering of 389 head and 343 actual sales, finished up 6.5 percent with an average of $49,585 per horse sold, compared to last year’s $46,580.

Oro Crystal, a daughter of One Famous Eagle and Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Walk Thru Crystal, was consigned by Lazy E Ranch, LLC, agent. Walk Thru Crystal won the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity and the Grade 2 Kindergarten Futurity to earn her championship title. Corona Crystal, the dam of Walk Thru Crystal, was a stakes winner and is a Grade 2 stakes winning producer.

The sale’s second high-seller at $340,000 was Danjerous, a daughter of Favorite Cartel and Shez Jess Toxic. Danjerous was bought by the Arden Sue Floyd Family Trust and was consigned by Burns Ranch Inc., agent. Shez Jess Toxic is a “now” mare with her son Danjer the odds-on favorite winner of Sunday’s $200,000 First Down Dash at Ruidoso Downs. Danjer also won last year’s $100,000 All American Juvenile and was third in the Grade 1, $1,050,000 Texas Classic Futurity. Shez Jess Toxic was the winner of the Grade 2 AQHA Juvenile Challenge Championship and placed in 11 stakes races.

The only other horse in the sale to pass the $300,000 mark was Lady La Belle, a daughter of One Famous Eagle and champion and world champion producer Apollitical Time. Lady La Belle was purchased by Scott Bryant from the Julianna Hawn Holt consignment. Apollitical Time was honored as Champion 3-Year-Old Filly and Broodmare of the Year.  During her career, she won four Grade 1 stakes and earned $914,242. Her son Apollitical Jess was named World Champion, Champion 3-Year-Old and Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and is now a leading sire.