Triple Crown genes

May 10th, 2007

My interest piqued by a recent article in The Blood-Horse (April 28, 2007) about full siblings of the 11 Thoroughbred Triple Crown winners, I decided to research the pedigrees of the three NCHA Triple Crown cutting champions – Smart Little Lena (pictured on the 20th anniversary of his Futurity win), Docs Okie Quixote and Miss Chiquita Pistol – to see how the offspring of their dams and granddams have fared.

I’ve summarized my findings below, but thought it also interesting to note that Smart Little Lena and Docs Okie Quixote were the first foals produced by their dams, and Miss Chiquita Tari, the dam of Chiquita Pistol, is the first foal out of her dam.

Smart Little Lena
Doc O’Lena x Smart Peppy 1966 sorrel mare by
Peppy San x Royal Smart, Royal King

1979 sorrel stallion Smart Little Lena by Doc O’Lena
1980 sorrel mare Sevens Tari Pep by Doc Tari
1983 bay mare Smart Hickory by Doc’s Hickory
1984 sorrel stallion Smart Peppy Lena by Doc O’Lena
1985 bay stallion Smart Peppy Doc by Doc O’Lena
1986 bay mare Dox Smart Chance by Doc O’Lena
1987 bay mare Dox Cow Smart by Doc O’Lena
1988 sorrel gelding Oh How Smart by Doc O’Lena
1989 bay mare Lil Lenas Sis by Doc O’Lena
1989 bay stallion Ill Be Smart by Doc O’Lena

Smart Peppy’s performers earned $865,475. In addition to Smart Little Lena, with $577,652, her other major winners were Smart Little Lena’s full siblings Smart Peppy Doc, $120,490; Ill Be Smart, Oh How Smart, $115,907; $77,740; and Dox Smart Chance, $49,382.

Four of Smart Peppy’s five daughters were also top producers. Smart Hickory was the dam of Dox Smart Buy, $212,093; Too Smart To Miss, $67,804; Smart Shiner, $49,037; and Smart Shinetta, $75,144. Dox Smart Chance produced Missed Reward, $71,585 and Missed Your Chance, $44,612; as well as Bobs Smart Chance, earner of $219,581, and dam of Oaks Smart Chance, $60,354. Dox Cow Smart produced Pretty In Pink, $50,785, and Peptosmart $30,839, while Lil Lenas Sis is the dam of Lil Faye Rey, $172,881.

Smart Peppy was one of five daughters out of Royal Smart, by Royal King. Two half-sisters, both by King Jess, had no produce. Her two full sisters, Pepard and Peppys Royal Pet, although not major producers themselves, were granddams of merit. Pepard’s biggest winner, Smart Royalena, earned just $21,642, but her daughter, Miss Santana Doc, produced Dry N Freckled, $267,982. Peppys Royal Pet, earner of $23,304, is dam of Just Playin Smart, $166,945.

It should be noted that Smart Peppy’s full brother, Royal Santana, was a multiple NCHA and AQHA champion with earnings of $174,146.

Docs Okie Quixote
Doc Quixote x Jimmette Too 1972 sorrel mare by
Johnny Tivio x Doc’s Jimmette, Doc Bar

1980 sorrel stallion Docs Okie Quixote by Doc Quixote
1983 sorrel stallion Corona Quixote by Doc Quixote
1985 sorrel mare Jimmettes Lena by Smart Little Lena
1986 sorrel mare Jimmette O Lena by Doc O’Lena
1987 sorrel mare Okies Little Sis by Doc Quixote
1988 sorrel mare Jimmettes Lil Acre by Bob Acre Doc
1990 sorrel stallion Play Jimmy Too by Freckles Playboy

Jimmette Too’s four performers earned $603,512 – $599,109 of which came from Docs Okie Quixote. Her only daughter to produce a major earner was Jimmettes Lil Acre, whose gelded son, Onside Okie Kick, by Okie Paul Quixote, earned $51,732 in NCHA competition and was also an NRHA Futurity and Derby Non-Pro reserve champion.

Jimmette Too was one of five daughters out of Doc’s Jimmette, by Doc Bar, and the only one to produce a major NCHA winner. However, Doc’s Jimmette is half-sister to Tonette Tivio, by Poco Tivio, who produced Doc Luck Bar, 3rd-placed in the 1969 NCHA Open Futurity; and two outstanding daughters, both sired by Doc Bar – Doc’s Madera and Doc Bar Tonette. Doc’s Madera, is dam of Playboys Madera, 1988 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion and earner of $409,761; as well as Maderas First Jewel, $48,170. Doc Bar Tonette produced Peppy Shea, earner of $117,025 and So O Smart, $58,060.

Chiquita Pistol
Smart Little Pistol x Miss Chiquita Tari 1982 sorrel mare by
Pay Twentyone x Miss Doc Tari, Doc Tari

1991 sorrel mare Smart Lil Chiquita by Smart Little Lena
1994 sorrel mare Smart Tarita by Smart Little Lena
1995 sorrel mare Smart Little Spring by Smart Little Lena
1996 sorrel stallion Little Bit Of Smarts by Smart Little Lena
1998 sorrel mare Smart Little Cartina by Smart Little Lena
1999 sorrel mare Chiquita Pistol by Smart Little Pistol
2000 sorrel gelding Pistol Packing Papa by Smart Little Pistol
2001 sorrel mare Miss Tari Mac by Quixote Mac
2003 gray mare Miss Tari Pistol by Smart Little Pistol
(only foals of performance age listed)

Miss Chiquita Tari’s performers have earned $622,800 – $524,243 of which came from Chiquita Pistol. Her other major earners are Little Bit Of Smarts, $47,408, and Miss Tari Mac, $27,812. Her daughters, the oldest of which is 16 years of age, have produced several minor money earners.

Miss Chiquita Tari is one of seven daughters out of Miss Doc Tari, and the only one to produce a major winner. Her half-brother, Haidas Mirage, has earned $33,483.