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January 25th, 2012

Best of the Remuda
Wimpys Hombre, consigned by the W.T. Waggoner Estate, Electra, Tex., topped the AQHA Best of the Remuda Sale on January 14, in Fort Worth. The 4-year-old son of Wimpys Little Step was purchased by Jim and Marilyn Helzer, owners of JEH Stallion Station, famous for its champion Quarter and Thoroughbred running horses.

Greyt Big Diamonds, the high-selling mare at $11,500, was also consigned by the Waggoner Estate. The 5-year-old daughter of Greyt Whiz was purchased by Burnett Ranches, Guthrie, Tex.

Held annually in conjunction with the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the invitational Best of the Remuda Sale features working-bred Quarter horses from some of the American Quarter Horse Association’s most influential breeders.

Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale
“Overall, we feel the 2012 Winter Mixed Sale was a success,” said general manager Jeff Tebow at the conclusion, Saturday, January 21, of the three-day Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale in Oklahoma City. “The crowds remained strong…quality horses with good pedigrees sold extremely well.”

The annual sale of Quarter race-breds grossed $9,995,350 with an average per head of $8,653; repurchases equaled 12 percent on 1,149 lots.

The high seller at $185,000 was First Fervor, a multiple stakes producer and full sister to champion 2-year-old colt First To Flash. The 8-year-old First Down Dash daughter, one of 64 head from the complete dispersal of La Feliz Montana Ranch, was purchased by Bobby Cox. Although she produced two foals in 2011, First Fervor’s 2012 breeding status was reported as “unfurnished” in the catalog.

The high-selling horse of racing age, 2-year-old Significant Heart at $130,000, was also from the La Feliz Montana Ranch dispersal. The Corona Cartel daughter, out of G1 winner Jess Significant, whose dam is champion Significant Speed, was purchased by Abigail Kawananankoa.

Be Peaceful, 17-year-old daughter of Raise A Secret and dam of world champion Be A Bono, sold for $165,000, the sale’s second-highest price. The Childers Ranch consignment, which included her 2012 ET by Walk Thru Fire, was purchased by Luis Alvarez.

Corona Cartel led all sale sires of yearlings with an average of $52,750 on four head, including Corona Firewater, the high-selling yearling at $70,000.

Augusta Futurity
The Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity, the oldest annual NCHA-sanctioned event east of the Mississippi, is in full swing for its 33rd season. The seven-day show, held in Augusta, Georgia’s James Brown Arena, is the only southeastern venue for the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting, an event that has given new life to its limited age event host.

Finals of both the open and non-pro divisions of the 4-Year-Old Futurity will be held on Saturday, January 28, while finals of the Mercuria World Series will take place on Thursday, January 26, followed by the 5 and 6-Year-old division of the Futurity on Friday.

Finders Key to a movie career
The New York Times sports section featured an excellent feature on January 25 about thoroughbred race horse Finders Key, who never finished higher than fifth in five starts, but found fame as a move star in the movie “Seabiscuit,” and most recently as Joey, in the movie “War Horse.” Click here to read the article.