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Michigan-breds qualify for All-American Futurity, Derby

A Michigan-bred will fill a spot in  the starting gate in both the All-American Futurity and All-American Derby this weekend at Ruidoso Downs.

Cold Cash 123 will compete in the $1,316,760 All-American Derby on Sunday, September 4, while Mr Ease 123 will run in the estimated $2.4 million All-American Futurity on Monday, September 5.

Both horses are owned by Walter and Carolyn Bay’s T-Bill Stables and trained by Sleepy Gilbreath.

Below are a pair of press releases from the American Quarter Horse Association outlining each qualifier.

All-American Futurity

TENTH FASTEST QUALIFIER: MR EASE 123
Brown gelding, Holland Ease-Barbs Beduino 123 by Chicks Beduino

Racing in the ninth trial, Mr Ease 123 was second by a neck to Lethal Volt, with a time of :21.395. He held on to be the 10th-fastest qualifier.

Race Record: 3-0-2-0 $1,630. A maiden, Mr Ease 123 opened his career in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1) trials, then was second in his Rainbow Futurity (G1) trial to qualifier Hez Our Secret.

Owner/Breeder: Carolyn Bay of Clare, Michigan, races horses in her own name and in the name of her T Bill Stables – named in honor of her first horse. Her runners include two-time Grade 1 winner Cold Cash 123 and Grade 3 winner Fanci Ending 123. Cold Cash 123, the Rainbow Derby (G1) winner, is the fastest qualifier to the All American Derby (G1).

“Believe me, this is an excited place,” Bay said from her farm in Clare, where both her qualifiers were foaled.

Mr Ease 123 is a homebred out of her homebred mare Barbs Beduino 123.

“This doesn’t make a bit of difference, they don’t have to be beautiful to run,” Bay said. “But he happens to be just a beautiful 2-year-old. He happens to be one of my favorites. He’s been good-looking and a dominant baby ever since he was born.”

Mr Ease 123 got his name when farm helper and volunteer Joan Roberts, who loves to help with the newborn foals, brought her non-horsey husband, Mike Roberts, out to see the foals. Joan reported that Mike really liked the colt, and so Bay added his initials – MR.

The “123” designation at the end of the horses’ names indicates an old family story – when Bay’s parents began dating, they did not have the approval of their families, so they used the numbers as a code for “I love you.” It became part of the family lore and part of the horses’ names.

Trainer: Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, a member of Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame, trained world champion Refrigerator to his 1990 All American Futurity win, and On A High to win the 1983 All American Futurity. His trainees have earned more than $22.6 million, with 1,335 winners from 6,868 starters. He has the bookend qualifiers for the All American Futurity – fastest qualifier Ochoa and 10th-fastest qualifier Mr Ease 123 – as well as the All American Derby (G1) fastest qualifier Cold Cash 123.

Qualifying Jockey: Reigning champion jockey Jacky Martin returned to race riding in a big way in 2010, jumping in with year-end earnings of $3.2 million and the champion jockey award. The seven-time All American Futurity-winning jockey, who rode his first official races in 1972, has ridden 2,968 winners from 14,344 starters and the earners of more than $46.4 million. Martin also qualified Ochoa, Tee Cos and Denver Pass.

Pedigree: Sire Holland Ease is a 22-year-old son of First Down Dash and the sire of Corona Cartel (who sired four of the All American Futurity finalists). A Grade 1 winner on the track, Holland Ease from 16 crops has sired the earners of more than $11.7 million. They include 367 winners from 617 starters, 41 stakes winners and champion Haulin Pass.

Barbs Beduino 123 is a homebred for Bay, and like All American Derby fastest qualifier Cold Cash 123, traces to the stock that was owned by Walter and Barbara Conley of Remus, Michigan. Bay bought and was given horses from their program, including Tiny Lou Etta. The Tiny’s Gay mare is the third dam of both Mr Ease 123 and Cold Cash 123. Barbs Beduino 123 is named in honor of Barbara, who picked the filly out as her favorite of that year’s crop.

The winning Chicks Beduino mare has produced three winners from four starters, including stakes winner Shadaisy 123 (by Shazoom, $60,203).

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All-American Derby

FASTEST QUALIFIER: COLD CASH 123
Bay gelding, Oak Tree Special-Hot Cash 123 by Takin On The Cash

Winning the sixth of nine trials by a half length over second-fastest qualifier DM Streakn Thru Fire and 10th-fastest qualifier The Printing Press, Cold Cash 123 won his sixth consecutive start at 440 yards in :20.833 to earn the fastest qualifying time.

Race Record: 10-6-1-0 $615,346, won Rainbow Derby (G1), won Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1), won All American Juvenile (R). Cold Cash 123 broke his maiden in the All American Futurity (G1) trials last year, failing to qualify to the final but winning the All American Juvenile Invitational (R). He went on to earn his first Grade 1 in the Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park. After an uncharacteristically poor effort in the Heritage Place Derby (G2) trials this spring, he dominated his Rainbow Derby trial in a near track-record time and went on to win the final.

Owner/Breeder: Carolyn Bay of Clare, Michigan, races horses in her own name and in the name of her T Bill Stables. Her runners include two-time Grade 1 winner Cold Cash 123 and Grade 3 winner Fanci Ending 123. She also owns All American Futurity finalist Mr Ease 123.

“When you’ve won so many races and so much is expected of you … ‘Cold Cash’ probably doesn’t know that, but it’s nerve wracking (for us),” Bay said. “But it’s very exciting.”

The gelding has an easy-going temperament that shows before races.

“He is something,” Bay said. “He just goes onto the track like a pony horse. He’s laid back, just goes along with a loose lead. But then he gets behind the gates and knows where he is. And he does his job.

“He has caused quite a stir here,” Bay added. “The neighbors are calling, they’re watching it on television. It has caused quite the excitement in this small county of Clare.”

Trainer: Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, a member of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame, trained world champion Refrigerator to his 1990 All American Futurity win, and On A High to win the 1983 All American Futurity. His trainees have earned more than $22.6 million, with 1,335 winners from 6,868 starters.

“He’s a different kind of horse,” Gilbreath said of Cold Cash 123. “He’s really laid back. If you shake him up, he gets mad, so we just leave him alone.”

Qualifying Jockey: Since 1985, Roy Baldillez has won 1,314 of 9,599 starts, including 51 stakes wins, with mount earnings of more than $13.6 million. His mounts have included Grade 1 winners Illegal Memories (Texas Classic Futurity), Thewayouwantmetoo (Rainbow Futurity), Red Clay Of Texas (Ruidoso Futurity), Invisible Injun (Texas Classic Derby), Significant Speed (Dash For Cash and Rainbow derbies), Easily A Rogue (Remington Park Championship) and First Down Kelly (Blue Ribbon Futurity).

Pedigree: Oak Tree Special (2000, Special Task-Easy Lady Oak by Easy Dozen) was the 2003 world champion and earned $628,470 while compiling a record of 26-16-2-2. With 248 starters from five crops raced, Oak Tree Special has sired 17 stakes winners, 130 winners and the earners of more than $5 million. With progeny earnings of more than $1.57 million to date this year, Oak Tree Special currently is the sixth-ranked sire of money earners in 2011.

Dam Hot Cash 123 is a maiden half sister to the stakes-winning Striking Bunny geldings Overpowered and Hot Hugger. The Takin On The Cash mare also produced 2010 Paint world champion I Do One Two Three. Cold Cash 123 is her first American Quarter Horse foal.

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Two Michigan-Breds nominated for Darley Awards

Get R Done and jockey Juan Delgado teamed up for two impressive victories in 2010 to earn the horse a Darley Award nomination.

Michigan will be represented by two Arabian divisional finalists at the upcoming Darley Awards.

Stakes winner Get R Done earned an invitation to the event in the three-year-old colts and geldings division and stakes-placed Ovour The Moon is a finalist for champion four-year-old filly.

The Darley Awards are the Arabian equivalent of Thoroughbred racing’s Eclipse Awards. The winners will be announced Mar. 5 in Houston, Texas.

Get R Done was the uncontested leader of Michigan’s juvenile division during the most recent meet at Mount Pleasant Meadows. He was a perfect two-for-two in 2010 for earnings of $5,150.

Arabian Finish Line magazine reports Get R Done ranked 12th in the nation by 2010 earnings among three-year-old Arabian colts and geldings. Because of their size and speed of development, Arabians do not begin their on-track careers until age three.

Get R Done kicked off his career on July 11, with a six-length victory in his maiden effort. The Virgule Al Maury gelding followed that effort with an emphatic 23-length romp in the Aug. 1 Michigan Arabian Juvenile Stakes.

Get R Done is homebred by Tom Fritz and trained by Mario Fritz. The gelding is also nominated for three year-end awards from Michigan’s Association of Racing Arabian Breeders, including the state’s horse of the year.

Other finalists for champion three-year-old male include multiple G3-placed Ovour The Top, G3 winner Rich Frynchman, stakes winner T M Fred Texas and G3 winner Venom.

Ovour The Moon competed at Arabian racing’s highest levels in 2010 and locked horns with some of the best in the sport.

The four-year-old Nivour De Cardonne filly spent most of her campaign at Delaware Park, arguably the breed’s marquee venue. She also participated in the breed’s highest-profile race in recent memory, the President of the United Arab Emirates Cup Stakes (G1) at Keeneland Race Course.

Trained by John Youngdale and homebred by Kathryn and Paul J. Smoke, Ovour The Moon won two of ten starts in 2010 for earnings of $22,079. She was last year’s third-leading earner among four-year-old females, according to Arabian Finish Line’s figures.

After a pair of unsuccessful tries in maiden company, Ovour The Moon earned her first win against a field of open claimers. A second-place finish in another claiming contest led to an off-the-board finish in the CRE Run Oaks Arabian Distaff Stakes (G2).

Ovour The Moon found the winner’s circle once again in an optional claiming race, following a third place effort in an allowance race. She then made the jump back to stakes company, with a runner-up finish in the Rosebrook Arabian Distaff Turf Handicap. Her year came to a close with a pair of unplaced finishes in the President of the United Arab Emirates Cup and teh Buzz Brauninger Distaff Stakes.

Ovour The Moon’s competition for divisional honors includes stakes winner Burning Fancy, multiple stakes placed Doranikaa, G2 winner Sand Witchh, and multiple stakes winner TM Super Bird.

In related news, Michigan-bred Quarter Horse Cold Cash 123 was a finalist for the American Quarter Horse Association’s Racing Champion two-year-old gelding, which was decided Jan. 12

The Oak Tree Special gelding won the Nov. 28 Southwest Juvenile Championship Stakes (G1) at Zia Park and drew away in the Sept. 6 All-American Juvenile Invitational, the consolation race for the All-American Futurity, after winning his trial race. He finished the year ranked seventh nationally among two-year-olds.

However, Cold Cash 123 did not receive a single vote in his division’s Racing Champion ballot, which was won by multiple track record-setter JLS Mr Bigtime.

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Cold Cash 123 wins Grade 1 race, nationally ranked

Cold Cash 123, a Quarter Horse owned and bred in Michigan by Walter and Carolyn Bay’s T-Bill Stables, Inc., continued his successful 2010 campaign with a victory in Sunday’s $250,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) at Zia Park.

On the strength of that win, Cold Cash 123 is currently ranked sixth in the AQHARacing.com-HorsePlayerNow.com national poll for two-year-olds. This week marks his first appearance with an official ranking after receiving votes in previous polls.

Cold Cash 123 has yet to race in Michigan, but his ties to the state go beyond just his birthplace. Walter Bay is the president and co-owner of central Michigan mixed breed track Mount Pleasant Meadows and Carolyn Bay is the vice president of the Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association. Their operation is based in Clare, Mich.

The Oak Tree Special gelding got up at the wire to win by a neck in the 440-yard Southwest Juvenile. He stopped the clock at 21.293 seconds with odds of 9.70-to-one.

Trainer Sleepy Gilbreath gave rider Jose Montoya the leg up aboard Cold Cash 123 for Sunday’s race.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

The Southwest Juvenile was Cold Cash 123’s third win from six lifetime starts. His career earnings total $161,294.

Prior to that race, Cold Cash 123 gained national attention for his impressive two-length victory in the Sept. 6 All-American Juvenile Stakes at Ruidoso Downs. He qualified for the All-American Futurity’s (G1) consolation race after winning the race’s first trial heat, but his time fell below the ten-horse cutoff line for the main event as the day wore on.

For a Sure Bet Racing News feature and photos of the Southwest Juvenile Championship, click here.

For a recap of the race and pedigree analysis from StallionESearch.com, click here.

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