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Hashtags connects with another win

September 11th, 2018

Tatum Rice on Hashtags. Hart Photography.

Hashtags, leader in 2018 NCHA Open World Standings, claimed his fourth limited age win of the year on Monday with 226 points in the El Rancho Futurity. Owned by Hashtag Ventures of Weatherford, Texas, 5-year-old Hashtags, a stallion sired by Metallic Cat, was bred by Jim Haworth and is shown by Hall of Fame Rider Tatum Rice.

Ichis My Choice, 2016 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, sired by Cat Ichi, earned the reserve championship with 224 points under Grant Setnicka for J Five Horse Ranch Mgmt, Weatherford, Tex. The 6-year-old Cat Ichi daughter has lifetime earnings of over $414,000.

Bet Shes Smooth, bred and owned by Oxbow Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., scored 221.5 to place third with Lindy Burch. Sired by Smooth As A Cat, 6-year-old Bet Shes Smooth, with earnings of $122,702, was reserve champion of the 2015 NCHA Futurity under Burch. Her dam, Bet Yer Blue Boons, won the 2000 NCHA World Championship, as well as the 2000 and 1997 World Finals with Burch, and has produced earners of over $1.1 million, including five that have each earned $100,000 or more.

Hashtags, earner of $424,430, ranks second among Metallic Cat’s all-time money earners. Out of Dual Rey Tag, a daughter of NCHA Super Stakes champion Playin Tag, Hashtags has bankrolled more than $169,000 in the 2018 calendar year with limited age event wins at the Breeders Invitational, Bonanza, Idaho and El Rancho. In the weekend column, he scored Mercuria World Series wins at the Calgary Stampede and the Idaho Futurity, as well as reserve at the West Texas Futurity. Later this week he will also contend in the El Ranch/NCHA Mercuria Open.

2018 Cotton Stakes: “If you build it, they will come.”

September 9th, 2018

Cotton Stakes Open and Intermediate Open Derby champion Metallic Alley,
ridden by Brad Mitchell. Hart Photography.

It wasn’t a ballpark that architects of the new NCHA class restructure had in mind. But they hit a home run with the new program, which was instated by show management for the 2018 Cotton Stakes, held Sept. 1 through Sept. 9, at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La.

The Cotton Stakes realized a dramatic increase in entries as a result of the addition of an Intermediate Level for all divisions. As an example, preliminary results show that 96 horses competed in the first go-round of this year’s Cotton Stakes Classic Open, as compared with 46 who competed in 2017. In addition, 65 of those 96 horses were also entered in one or more of the Intermediate divisions (to be eligible for the Intermediate Level, a horse’s rider cannot be on the Top 100 Rider list for that division).

More Cotton Stakes entries also translated to bigger payouts. 2018 Cotton Stakes Classic Open champion, Somethingtobelievein, sired by Hydrive Cat and shown by her owner Brett McGlothlin, earned $11,000 for the win compared to last year’s champion, Chromed Out Cat, with a $9,000 payout. Additionally, McGlothlin  and Somethingtobelievein earned $5,500 as Classic Open Intermediate champions.

In the Cotton Stakes Derby, Metallic Alley, shown by Brad Mitchell for Dennis Levering, also made an Open/Intermediate sweep. Altogether, the Metallic Cat daughter earned $16,000, with $10,000 for the Derby Open win and $6,000 for the Open Intermediate win.

Money won at the Cotton Stakes also counts toward the 2018 NCHA Horse of the Year race and this year’s Derby saw the top five contenders – Cool N Hot, Dual Reyish, Rollz Royce, Blackish, and The Animal – among its finalists.

For complete results and additional information for the 2018 Cotton Stakes go to https://cottonstakescutting.com/index.asp

Apocalyptical Jess Wins All American Futurity

September 3rd, 2018

All American Futurity finish. Gay Harris photo

Sent off as the 5-2 second favorite, following a three and one-quarter lengths win in his All American trail, Apocalyptical Jess broke sharply to win the $3 million All American Futurity wire-to-wire by three-quarters of a length over second-placed Im Jess Special V. No Mires A La Luna was another nose back for third. Raul Ramirez Jr. rode Apocalyptical Jess over the 440 yards in :21.393 to take the 60th running of Quarter Horse racing’s showcase event.

Owned by Bill Robbins, Apocalyptical Jess gave trainer Blane Wood his first All American Futurity win. Blane Wood and his father Leo are the only father-son pair to have both won the All American Futurity. Leo Wood won the 1979 All American Futurity with Dan and Jolene Urschel’s Pie In The Sky.

“It’s more than I hoped for,” said Blane Wood. “We’ve been trying to do this for a long time. It’s the whole team.”

Im Jess Special V, a gelding by Jess Lips, had placed fifth in the $1 million Ruidoso Futurity and was second in his All American Futurity trial. Agustin Silva was aboard Im Jess Special V for trainer Toby Keeton and owner Valeria Racing Stables.

Maiden gelding No Mires a La Luna, by First Moonflash, was sent off by trainer Trey Ellis for owners David Valdez and Bryon Woodard and ridden by Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo.

Rainbow Futurity winner Mm Fourinthemorning, the 7-5 favorite finished fifth.

Ruidoso Super Select Sale Session 3

September 3rd, 2018

Good Candy P at $340,000

The Ruidoso Super Select Yearling Sale’s three-session run concluded on Sunday night with an average of $46,580 – an 8.7% increase over the 2017 offering. The Sunday night session averaged $51,739 – a 12.2% increase over the final night of the 2017 sale.

Leading the sale and the Sunday night offering,  at $340,000, was Good Candy P, a son of Good Reason SA, out of a stakes-winning half-sister to champion and All American Futurity winner Jess Good Candy. Jess Good Candy, the undefeated career earner of $2,014,703, is also sired by Good Reason SA.

Good Candy P was consigned by Lazy E Ranch LLC, agent for Michael Pohl, and purchased by Don Cavenaugh, who also bought A Sweet Jess, half-brother to world champion One Dashing Eagle, for $300,000 on Friday, in Session 1. Also selling in Session 3, on Sunday night, were three yearlings that each brought $230,000, as well as eight yearlings that brought at least $200,000 each.

Jessafamouslady, consigned by Grant Farms LLC, sold for $230,000 on a bid from Reliance Ranches LLC. The Mr Jess Perry-sired filly is out of Famous Corona Lady, the dam of Ruidoso Futurity third-place finisher Jest Famous.

Jess Sumokin Hot, consigned by Roger Day, agent for Corner K Quarter Horses, also brought $230,000. The Apollitical Jess son is out of stakes winner and stakes-winning producer Sumokin, a half-sister to 2018 Ruidoso Futurity winner Blue Corazon, and was purchased by Paragon Farms LLC.

The third $230,000 yearling, Mr Tres Points, a son of Mr Jess Perry out of multiple stakes winner Tres Of Linda, was consigned by Lazy E Ranch, agent for McColee Land and Livestock, and purchased by Newman Cattle Company.

Hotstepper takes $1,237,604 All American Derby

September 3rd, 2018

Hotstepper wins All American Derby

Hotstepper, a $63,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, defeated last year’s All American Futurity winner Fly Baby Fly in the $1,237,604 All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday afternoon, while Intense Fire took the $100,000 First Down Dash, for three-year-olds who did not qualify for the All American Derby.

Owned by R.D. Hubbard, Johnny Cope, Ray Willis and Butch Southway, Hotstepper raced the 440 yards in :21.274 over a wet, fast track with Cody Jensen aboard. It was the second All American Derby win for Jensen, who won the $200,000 All American Gold Cup two races earlier on the card.

Hotstepper, a gelding sired by One Famous Eagle, got a clean break at the start to win wire-to-wire by a neck over Fly Baby Fly. Pawpaws Paint fought between Hotstepper and Fly Baby Fly to finish third, a neck behind Fly Baby Fly.

Hotstepper had previously finished a close second in the $874,000 Texas Classic Futurity, third in the Grade 1, $3,000,000 All American Futurity, and also qualified for the Rainbow Futurity and the Rainbow Derby. The All American Derby win boosted his career earnings to $1,086,215.

Fly Baby Fly, a daughter of One Famous Eagle and champion Higher Fire, raced to her best finish since winning last year’s $3,000,000 All American Futurity. She was second in her All American Derby trial, her highest finish from four local starts prior to the All American Derby . A $180,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, Fly Baby Fly is trained by Trey Ellis and was ridden by Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo.

The Pyc Paint Your Wagon gelding Papaws Paint, third-placed in the Rainbow Derby, is owned by RH Resources, trained by Ruidoso Downs’ leading thoroughbred trainer Todd Fincher, and was ridden by Bonifacio Perez.

In the First Down Dash, 16-1 longshot Intense Fire took to the wet track and surged in the final yards to get the win under Omar Reyes. Hierarchy was a neck behind in second and Believe Me Irene finished third, another one-half length back. Intense Fire was timed in :21.429.

Intense Fire, a $70,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, scored his first win since taking his Ruidoso Futurity trial more than a year ago. The Walk Thru Fire son, out of former Ruidoso Derby winner Remember Me Rose, was ridden by Omar Reyes and trained for owners Raymond Merrill, Bobby Jack Merrill and Gregory Cullum by Clint Crawford.

Hashtags on a roll

September 2nd, 2018

Hashtags, ridden by Tatum Rice. Scootemenshootem Photography.

September 1, 2018
Hashtags made a statement by winning the 5/6-year old finals at the Idaho Futurity last week. He put an exclamation mark on it with Saturday’s 233-point win in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting.

The trip to Nampa, Idaho saw his career earnings pass the $400,000 mark, while he extended his lead in the NCHA World Standings to nearly $40,000.

Owned by Hashtag Ventures of Weatherford, Texas, Hashtags was bred by Jim Haworth and is shown by Hall of Fame Rider Tatum Rice.

The stallion is by Metallic Cat out of Dual Rey Tag, a daughter of NCHA Super Stakes champion Playin Tag. He has now earned more than $160,000 in the 2018 calendar year with limited age event wins at the Breeders Invitational, Bonanza, and Idaho. In the weekend column, Idaho was his second Mercuria win, following his victory at the Calgary Stampede over the summer.

Stylish Look Bella, ridden by Morgan Cromer for Marvin and Paulette Teixeira of Santa Maria, California, marked 222 for second in the Idaho Mercuria. The mare is by Dual Smart Rey out of Stylishious, by Docs Stylish Oak.

Constance Jaeggi on Ichis My Choice. Scootemenshootem Photography.

In the Non-Pro division, Constance Jaeggi of Weatherford, Texas marked 231 on 2016 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Ichis My Choice to win by six points from Elizabeth Quirk on Cat Sheree. The win lifts Ichis My Choice over the $400,000 mark in career earnings.

Jaeggi, a Non-Pro Hall of Famer, rode into the record books, notching up her seventh Mercuria championship. She had been tied at six with Dan Hansen for the most Non-Pro wins in the NCHA World Series.

Jaeggi’s World Series wins began at the Battle in the Saddle in 2011 with Dual R Smokin, followed by five with Saguaro Ichi (Las Vegas 2014, and San Antonio, Houston, PCCHA Derby and Idaho in 2015) and now Ichis My Choice.

It was actually the second Mercuria win for Ichis My Choice, who took the Open division with Grant Setnicka at El Rancho Futurity in 2016.

Ichis My Choice is a six-year-old mare bred by EE Ranches, by Cat Ichi out of My Little Abra, by Abrakadabracre. She was a $300,000 purchase at the 2014 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

In second place in the Non-Pro in Idaho, Elizabeth Quirk marked 225 on Cat Sheree, an eight-yeaer-old mare by High Brow CD out of Nurse Sheree. Quirk and Cat Sheree had previously won Mercurias this year at The Mane Event and the Pacific Coast Derby.

David Harp on Kausac Kat. Scootemenshootem Photography.

In the all-age $50,000 Amateur finals held before the Mercurias, David Harp of Rancho Murieta, California marked 221 on Kausac Kat to win. Kausac Kat is a seven-year-old gelding by Smooth As A Cat out of Lenas Tangygirl. He had previously won non-pro limited age championships with McKenzie Merrill and with Carol Ward.

David Whitaker of Kaysville, Utah placed second in the Amateur with a 216 on Cartier Time, an 11-year-old son of One Time Pepto and CD Bright Lights.

Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale – Session 1

September 1st, 2018

A Sweet Jess at $300,000

Ruidoso Downs, NM, August 31
The opening session of the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale saw A Sweet Jess, a half-brother to World Champion One Dashing Eagle, bring the top price of $300,000.

Consigned by Roger Daly, agent for Allred Bros. Ranch, and purchased by Don Cavenaugh, Walnut Ridge, Ark., A Sweet Jess, by AQHA World Champion Apollitical Jess, is a half-brother to World Champion One Dashing Eagle, out of One Sweet Dash, dam of 11 winners from 17 starters. Cavenaugh also paid $90,000 for Three Fancy Socks, by PYC Paint Your Wagon.

Mr Jess Perry sons Mr Ricks and Jess Different brought $240,000 and $220,000, respectively, the second and third highest prices from the session. Mr Ricks, out of stakes winner and stakes producer Aquafina, was consigned by Lazy E Ranch, agent for McColee Land & Livestock, LLC, and purchased by Reliance Ranches, Guthrie, Oakla.

Jess Different, purchased by Dillon Lane, shares the same second dam, Broodmare of the Year Runaway Wave, as Mr Ricks, and was also consigned by Lazy E Ranch, agent for McColee Land & Livestock, LLC.

The Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale resumes on Saturday evening, September 1, following the races; the third and final session is on Sunday, September 2.