domingo, 27 de julio de 2014

History of the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity

Stakes Record: 400 Yards, :19.31, Blues Girl Too (2006)

Most Wins By A Jockey: 2, Joe Badilla,G.R. Carter, Dusty Stimpson & Sam Thompson, Saul Ramirez Jr., Eddie Garcia Most Wins By A Trainer: 4, John Bassett
Los Alamitos Million Futurity Highlights: 1995,The inaugural running of the Los Alamitos Million is a huge success. Nine trials were contested to determine the
field of ten. Evening Snow dominates the final 200 yards of this race and draws off at will in the first running of this event. Evening Snow is the first quarter horse to
race in two million-dollar races in the same season. He previously finished fifth in the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. Gelded after the All American,
Evening Snow came into his own for 1995 Champion Owner Abigail Kawananakoa. 1996, Corona Cartel earns $422,000 for his Los Alamitos Million victory.
Corona Cartel’s earnings for the year total $544,435, placing him second behind All American Futurity winner Streakin Flyer. 1997,After being purchased midway
through the season by Jim and Marilyn Helzer and Partners,This Snow Is Royal romps to an easy win in the Los Alamitos Million Futurity. His clocking of :19.67
is the quickest running of this event.The unpredictable colt would be named Champion 2-Year-Old Colt of 1997,having also competed in the All American Futurity.
1998, Riding Kingman Kid, Joe Badilla becomes the first two-time winner of the Los Alamitos Million, having also piloted 1995 winner Evening Snow. Kingman
Kid recovered from mid-year surgery to win the Million at odds of 17-1, giving trainer Kelly Long her biggest victory during her first year of handling Ed Allred’s
stable. Allred was later named Champion Owner and Breeder of 1998. 1999, Eventual Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Corona Kool outduels Separatist to win the fifth
renewal of the Los Alamitos Million, making Donna McArthur the first trainer to win the race twice. 2000, Dashing Knud finishes the year with an eight-race win
streak in the richest race ever held in the 50-year history of Los Alamitos Race Course. 2001,The Vessels Stallion Farm team racks up back-to-back Los Alamitos
Million scores thanks to Your First Moon’s runaway victory in the 400-yard event. 2002, Purchased for $23,500 at Ruidoso Yearling Sale, First Place Queen outdueled
favorite Meteoric by a half length to win the richest race in the 52-year history of Los Alamitos. 2003,A Regal Choice was place first after Corona For Me was
disqualied for interference. 2004, Ocean Runaway clinched the title of champion 2-year-old after setting his third stakes record of the year. 2005, 10-1 longshot Value
The Man upset Higher Fire’s chances of capturing the Los Alamitos Bonanza. 2006,The first running ever of the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity was a great clash
between eventual divisional champions Blues Girl Too and FDD Dynasty.All American Futurity winner No Secrets Here ran third and champion Jess You And I was
fourth. 2007, One Famous Eagle outdueled stakes winners Eye For Corona and Magic Show Czech. Pre-race favorite Fighter On Fire was scratched at the gate.
2008,Tres Passes gave Hall of Fame trainer Blane Schvaneveldt the richest victory of his legendary career with a victory over champion Foose. 2009, Good Reason
SA posted a mild upset while holding off fastest qualifier Apollitical Jess to win the nation’s richest Quarter Horse race.
Year Horse Distance Time Purse Jockey Trainer Owner
1995 Evening Snow 400 :19.70 $1,050,000 Joe Badilla John Bassett Abigail Kawananakoa
1996 Corona Cartel 400 :19.79 $1,075,000 Eddie Garcia Jaime Gomez Celina Molina
1997 This Snow Is Royal 400 :19.67 $1,186,310 Sam Thompson Donna McArthur Helzer & Partners
1998 Kingman Kid 400 :19.78 $1,173,605 Joe Badilla Kelly Long Edward C. Allred
1999 Corona Kool 400 :19.76 $1,228,198 Sam Thompson Donna McArthur Lucas Racing, Inc.
2000 Dashing Knud 400 :19.70 $1,282,400 Dusty Stimpson Danny Cardoza Knudsen & Vessels Stallion Farm
2001 Your First Moon 400 :19.76 $1,256,600 Dusty Stimpson Danny Cardoza Vessels Stallion Farm LLC
2002 First Place Queen 400 :19.73 $1,313,700 G.R. Carter John Bassett Micah Leslie & Newcomb Cattle Co.
2003 A Regal Choice 400 :19.52 $1,367,650 Alejandro Luna Paul Jones Esmeralda Flores
2004 Ocean Runaway 400 :19.40 $1,509,324 Alex Bautista Denny Ekins Muller Racing Inc.
2005 Value The Man 400 :19.56 $1,444,000 G.R. Carter John Bassett J. Garvan Kelly & Nancy Yearsley
2006 Blues Girl Too 400 :19.31 $2,000,000 Saul Ramirez Jr Joe Bassett Lucky Seven Ranch
2007 One Famous Eagle 400 :19.52 $2,000,000 Saul Ramirez Jr John Bassett Johnny Trotter & Burnett Ranches
2008 Tres Passes 400 :19.35 $2,038,500 Eddie Garcia Blane Schvaneveldt Janet McKinnerney
2009 Good Reason SA 400 :19.36 $2,000,000 Ramon Sanchez Paul Jones Gianni Franco Samaja

viernes, 25 de julio de 2014

jueves, 24 de julio de 2014

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Five horses and four men will join the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2015.

The American Quarter Horse Association
April 1, 2014
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The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame will welcome five horses and four men in 2015.
Five horses and four men will join the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2015. 
“These distinguished men and horses are part of the history of the American Quarter Horse, and we’re pleased to welcome them into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame,” said Don Treadway Jr., executive vice president of the American Quarter Horse Association. “Their achievements have made them worthy to join the illustrious group already enshrined in the Hall of Fame.”
The horses are the 1989 mare Corona Chick, the 1959 stallion Coy’s Bonanza, the 1930 stallion Plaudit, the 1979 stallion Smart Little Lena and the 1962 Thoroughbred stallion Azure Te.
The four men are Thomas Bradbury of Byers, Colorado; AQHA Past President Jim Helzer of Arlington, Texas; the late Stanley Johnston of Miller, South Dakota; and the late Ted Wells Jr. of Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
The new members of the Hall of Fame will be inducted in March 2015 at the 2015 AQHA Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. While they come from different parts of the country, the men all had the common goal of improving the breed and the horses definitely left their legacies. We are honored to recognize their work and lives.
The Broodmare
Corona Chick started fast and only got faster. She began her race career May 17, 1991, placing second, one of the few times in her life that she was not first. She set two track records in her life and was the 1991 racing champion 2-year-old filly and 1992 racing champion 3-year-old filly.
The bay mare was by Chicks Beduino and out of Sizzling Lil by Sizzle Te. She was bred by Robert D. Etchandy of Anaheim, California, raced under the Etchandy family name and last was owned by Julianna Hawn Holt of Blanco, Texas.
Corona Chick finished her track career with a record of 18 starts, 15 wins and two seconds, finishing off the board only once. She had earnings of $591,326. As a broodmare, Corona Chick became an American Quarter Horse Dam of Distinction. Of her 16 foals, 14 starters earned $3.6 million. Her 1995 filly by First Down Dash, Corona Cash, won the All American Futurity (G1) in 1997 and her sons Corona Cartel, Valiant Hero and Captain Courage are all leading sires of racing American Quarter Horses.  
The Ranch Horse
Plaudit was foaled in 1930 and purchased by Coke Roberds as a 3-month-old. He passed through a few more owners before landing with Waite Philips at Philmont Ranch at Cimarron, New Mexico. Plaudit was used as a working ranch horse, as well as a breeding stallion, and was occasionally raced on bush tracks for 10 years.
The palomino stallion was by the Thoroughbred stallion King Plaudit and out of Colorado Queen by Old Nick. He was bred by Tom Mill of Meeker, Colorado, and was last owned by Leon Harms of Sandia Park, New Mexico.
The stallion sired horses that were successful in the show pen and on the track, including Question Mark, who with a broken pastern defeated the nearly unbeatable Shue Fly in a half-mile race. Plaudit became known as a broodmare sire through his daughters and granddaughters. His blood runs today through horses of the Skipper W lines.
The Champion
In 1961, Coy’s Bonanza earned seven grand championships and 10 reserve championships at halter. He went to the racetrack in 1962 but shinbucked and was sent home. In 1963, he was shown at halter 53 times to 40 grand championships and 13 reserves, making him the 1963 high-point halter stallion.
The sorrel stallion by Jaguar and out of Sparky Joann by Littlejoethewrangler was bred by Charlene Coy of Lander, Wyoming, and was owned by Bill Moomey of Vail, Arizona, who sent the stallion back to the racetrack where he earned a AAA rating. Coy’s Bonanza became an AQHA Champion and earned points in reining, western pleasure and western riding.
Exhibitors of the era sought out foals by Coy’s Bonanza to show in halter and performance classes. From 16 foal crops, Coy’s Bonanza had 26 foals become AQHA Champions like him. A total of 112 earned 4,633 halter points and 117 earned 4,248 performance points.
The Cutter
When Smart Little Lena was foaled, his name came from his small size. The sorrel stallion never let his size stop him, though, as he won the 1982 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity and followed that win up with first-place finishes in the NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby to claim cutting’s triple crown.
Smart Little Lena was by Doc O’Lena and out of the mare Smart Peppy by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame stallion Peppy San. Smart Little Lena was bred by Hanes R. Chatham of Fort Worth, Texas. After his triple crown win, he was syndicated before heading to the breeding shed, where he sired money-earning foals in reining, working cow horse and cutting.
Smart Little Lena’s foals earned almost $35 million in NCHA competition. He was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame in 2008.
The Thoroughbred
Azure Te was foaled in 1962 and raced on Thoroughbred tracks until he bowed a tendon and was retired. He then was purchased by Burnett Ranches as an outcross Thoroughbred stallion to complement American Quarter Horse broodmares.
His syndication in 1968 is thought to be the first syndication of a stallion for American Quarter Horse racing. The bay stallion was by Nashville and out of Blue One by Count Fleet, and was owned by the Azure Te Syndicate of Fort Worth, Texas.
From his first American Quarter Horse foal crop, Azure Te placed three finalists in the All American Futurity. From that first crop, only one starter wasn’t a winner. At the time of his death in 1983, he was the all-time leading Thoroughbred sire of Quarter racehorses, a title he claimed for nearly 10 years.
The Racer
Tom Bradbury of Byers, Colorado, began his Bradbury Land and Cattle Co. ranch in 1958, raising Hereford and Red Angus cattle. In 1987, he purchased Dash For Speed, a track record-setting mare who was world champion in 1990 and earned $1.225 million on the track.
Tom also owned syndicated shares in Wave Carver, First Down Dash and Teller Cartel.
Tom has been involved in many national agriculture and livestock groups, including AQHA, the American Red Angus Association, the American Hereford Association and the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association, where he has been a member since 1959 and has served as president. Bradbury is an AQHA Director Emeritus. He served in community organizations and is on the Colorado State University alumni board. He also is involved with the National Western Stock Show.
The Executive
James E. Helzer of Arlington, Texas, is a 20-year breeder of American Quarter Horses who served as AQHA president in 2009-10. The racing breeder and his wife, Marilyn, bought their first racehorse in 1962.
While working in the defense industry, Helzer trained racehorses on the side and eventually became a roofing contractor who built a business that grew to nine states and 33 locations. In 1990, he bought Refrigerator, who won that year’s All American Futurity, became a two-time world champion in racing, retired as the then all-time leading money earner with $2,126,309 and was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2000. In 1993, Helzer turned his business expertise to breeding American Quarter Horses and established the first of his stallion stations in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. After Helzer’s term as AQHA president, he continues his service on AQHA committees.
The Rancher
The late Stanley Johnston was a man who liked speed in his ranch horses. When he began breeding American Quarter Horses at his ranch in South Dakota, he introduced a band of Driftwood mares to cross on his stallion, Poco Speedy.
Johnston’s breeding program contributed to the legacy of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame stallion Driftwood, who was known for his speed and rodeo prowess. Johnston crossed Doc’s Jack Frost on one of his Driftwood granddaughters to create Sun Frost, one of the leading sires of barrel racing horses in the United States.
In addition to breeding rodeo stars, Johnston’s influence spread throughout South Dakota, where many ranchers in the area still advertise that their breeding program includes Johnston-bred horses.
The Breeder
The late Ted Wells Jr. inherited a legacy and he knew what to do with it. Wells’ father had owned Hall of Fame stallion Leo, and Wells owned and trained Leo’s earliest offspring.
Wells conditioned Lena’s Bar, the dam of Jet Smooth and Easy Jet, and he conditioned Savannah Jr to win the 1965 All American Futurity and be the champion 2-year-old colt in 1965 and the champion 3-year-old in 1966. At the 1971 All American Futurity, three of the top 10 horses were bred at Wells Ranch in Oklahoma, where Wells stood Savannah Jr and Azure Te.
In the 1970s, Wells became involved in AQHA governance, serving on the racing committee and working as president of the Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association, where he was influential in securing pari-mutuel racing in the state.
The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum beautifully showcases the dozens of horses and people who have earned the distinction of becoming part of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. To be a part of the Hall of Fame, horses and people must have been outstanding over a period of years in a variety of categories. Inductees are those who have brought exceptional visibility and/or contribution to the American Quarter Horse. Hall of Fame inductees are chosen each year by a selection committee and honored at the annual AQHA Convention.
For more information on the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, visit

miércoles, 23 de julio de 2014

First Down Dash - 2011 American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Inductee

Les dejo este video del gran First Down Dash cuando ingresa al salón de la fama

Y este de un poco de su vida

martes, 22 de julio de 2014

Video XI Futurity Garañones

Aquí les dejo el video del XI Futurity Garañones espero lo disfruten:


lunes, 21 de julio de 2014

Nc Rose sorprende con la victoria del XI Futurity Garañones

La estelar de este domingo fue la edición XI del Futurity Garañones para los ejemplares cuarto de milla de dos años a una distancia de 300 yardas y un magnifico premio de $2, 968,500 pesos.
Una carrera con un inesperado triunfo de la ejemplar Nc Rose que por la parte de afuera muy pegada a los palos sorprende a la roana Rg Nicky Horse que se lanzaba con todo hacia la meta con una ventaja ya considerable pero jamás se percató del impresionante cierre que haría la potranca negra que le ha respondido formidable a su jinete Moisés Molina que en cuando se afianza en la pista aprieta su paso para correr como nunca y solo dejar ver ese impresionante rebase que con la mínima ventaja que pudo obtener fue lo suficiente para que se llevara este importante y millonario Futurity Garañones.
Esta potranca en las eliminatorias no encabezaría el listado de los primero tiempos pero no era motivo para no considerarla como una rival fuerte y esta tarde soleada en el Hipódromo nos deja claro esta negra que todo se puede logar y lo demuestra con esta gran carrera venciendo a los que se posicionaban como favoritos en los momios y respondiéndole a su jinete y a los aficionados que apostaron por Nc Rose y a todo el equipo que trae a esta corredora.
El tiempo que hace esta corredora fue mejor que el que se hizo en las eliminatorias y mejorando su tiempo de 15.43 que le dio su pase a esta final para hacer ahora 15.25 en este recorrido de las 300 yardas un poco más de 200 metros.
La llegada oficial fue Nc Rose (1A), Rg Nicky Horse (7), Pb El Cirujano (3) y Destacado Perry (6).
Nc Rose es una potranca negra de dos años criada en México por Salvador Oñate Ascencio.
Sus padres Native Cartel en Black Cherry Rose por Mr Jess Perry.
Es propiedad de Cuadra Los Cascabeles y es entrenada por Simón Marín Hernández D.
Su jinete Moisés Molina.

jueves, 10 de julio de 2014

Beduino, Inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2008



Inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2008

“Big, pretty and powerful, Beduino was like ‘The Black Stallion’ in gray.”
Bred in Mexico by Justo Fernandez Avila, the 1968 stallion was by Romany Royal by Grey Sovereign and out of Jo-Ann-Cat.
Beduino started his racing career in Mexico, running in Thoroughbred competitions. After winning his first two races at short distances, he ran in 11 Thoroughbred races and won four. In every one of his races, though, Beduino was in first place at the first turn, but his great speed and momentum would carry him to the outside and the other horses would pass him. Beduino was a sprinter, but was not allowed to enter official Quarter Horse races. His owner knew that if he could win some match races against Quarter Horses, breeders would seek the big Thoroughbred as a sire of speed horses.
Beduino won a $100,000 winner-take-all match race in 1974 at Mexico City against Champion Quarter Racing Gelding Come Six.  It was a hard race, with Beduino coming behind for the win.
In 1974, Beduino began standing at stud at the Vessels Stallion Farm when Frank Vessels, Jr. bought half of Beduino from Justo Fernandez after an exhibition race at Los Alamitos Race Course. In late 1985, Vessels’ widow, Mildred, bought the remaining interest in Beduino. “I can tell you, the second half cost a lot more than the first half,” she said in an interview. During his lifetime, he sired 19 foal crops to total 722 registered Quarter Horse foals, which included 603 race starters, 436 winners, 80 stakes-placed horses and 40 stakes winners, whose cumulative earnings totaled $13,099,594. This placed him third on the leading money-earning sires list of Quarter racehorses and as the leading Thoroughbred represented at one time. 
His racing champion offspring include Brigand Silk, Chingaderos, and Indigo Illusion, as well as millionaire champions Tolltac and Strawberry Silk.
Beduino was put down May 13, 1991 at Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall, California, due to infirmities of old age. He was 23 years old.
Beduino was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2008.