2011 Racing Champions Lead by Cold Cash 123

Cold Cash 123 is 2011 World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse.

January 18, 2012

Cold Cash 123

2011 World Champion Cold Cash 123

In a powerful year, Cold Cash 123 earned the crown of 2011 World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse. The 3-year-old gelding follows in the footsteps of sire Oak Tree Special, who earned the title as a sophomore runner in 2003. Cold Cash 123 brings the world champion trophy home to Clare, Michigan, and fulfills a dream for his breeders and owners, Carolyn and Walter Bay, who race the gelding in the name of their T Bill Stables.

Cold Cash 123 resides in the barn of C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, who in 2011 also trained champion 2-year-old Ochoa.

As a 2-year-old, Cold Cash 123 demonstrated a love of the 440-yard distance not seen in years. The gelding won all three of his quarter-mile starts as a 2-year-old, scoring in the Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1), his trial to the All American Futurity (G1) and the All American Juvenile (R).

Returning as a 3-year-old, he won six of eight races, including five of six at 440 yards. In his Rainbow Derby (G1) trial, he kicked clear of a field that included champions JLS Mr Bigtime and American Runaway, winning for fun by 2 1/4 lengths and returning in the final to win by a head over a sloppy track. Another powerful win in his All American Derby (G1) trial made him the fastest qualifier for the race, but in the $1.3 million final, he hesitated at the break and lost all chance, finishing seventh. He returned in the trial and the finals of the Texas Classic Derby (G1), winning strongly. In his final appearance of the season, on the final day of the year, he defeated older horses to win The Championship at Sunland Park (G1) under a hand ride, running 400 yards in :18.733, the second-fastest time ever clocked for that distance. He earned $818,447 in the year. During the year, Cold Cash 123 was ridden by Roy Baldillez, Joe Martinez and Jacky Martin. The horse has won nine of 14 lifetime starts and earned $979,741.

Cold Cash 123 is the first American Quarter Horse foal and second foal out of his dam, the Takin On The Cash mare Hot Cash 123. The mare’s first foal is American Paint Horse I Do One Two Three, who in 2010 was his sport’s world champion, giving Hot Cash 123 an unprecedented achievement of two overall world champions in two years. Hot Cash 123 has a 2-year-old by Corona For Me named Buster 123. 

Miss Racy Jess defeated males in the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) and earned the title of champion 3-year-old filly. The Mr Jess Perry mare races for Johnny Trotter and Burnett Ranches, and during her championship season won half of her six races, highlighted by her win in the $935,350 derby, which helped her year earnings reach $419,628. She was trained by Blane and Trey Wood, and ridden by Ricky Ramirez. Miss Racy Jess has won six of 11 lifetime starts and earned $485,113. Bred in Oklahoma by Gary and Donna Hall’s Sunflower Supply Co., she is out of the Racin Free mare Miss Racy Vike. Miss Racy Jess has been retired from racing.

When Joel Tavarez of Odessa, Texas, bought a little bay yearling in the spring of 2009, he just wanted to have a horse to run and have a little bit of fun. What he ended up with is the 2011 champion 3-year-old colt – and a whole lot of fun. Prospect To The Top was bred by Sue May of Fort Stockton, Texas, and in 2011, he won three of 10 starts and earned $413,320.

Trained by Ralph Muniz, Prospect To The Top won the West Texas Derby (G3) and Hobbs America Derby (G2), was second in the All American Derby (G1), fifth in the Ruidoso Derby (G1) and seventh in The Championship at Sunland Park (G1). The colt was ridden by Jacky Martin, Roman Chapa, Oscar Rincon and Freddie Martinez. Prospect To The Top is by Coronas Prospect and is out of the Easily Smashed mare Cream To The Top. The horse retires to stud with a career record of seven wins in 17 starts and earnings of $648,650. He will stand the 2012 season at JEH Stallion Station – Texas.


The lightly-raced Ochoa picked up the honor of 2-year-old champion and 2-year-old champion gelding largely off a resounding victory in the $2.4 million All American Futurity (G1). The sorrel gelding by Tres Seis was bred by Johnny T.L. Jones out of the Stoli mare Stolis Fortune, and was bought back from the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale for $25,000. The gelding is owned by Jones and wife Brenda, in the name of their J Bar 7 ranch, in partnership with Monte and Katsy Cluck, and Doug and Shavon Benson.

Making four starts in the year, Ochoa won his trial to the $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1), then returned to finish third in the final behind Silver For Me and Back In The Pack in his only defeat. Ochoa won his All American Futurity (G1) trial, then returned to win the final of the richest race in Quarter Horse history. He has earnings of $1,244,200. He was trained by C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, and was ridden by Jacky Martin in both his trials, and Roy Baldillez in both of his stakes appearances.

Tremor Enterprises’ Separate Fire was a two-time Grade 1 winner and the champion 2-year-old filly. The winner of five of eight starts, with two third-place finishes, Separate Fire won the Grade 1 Kindergarten and Ed Burke Million futurities. She also qualified for the Golden State Million Futurity (G1). She earned $631,250. Separate Fire was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California. She was trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Ramon Sanchez. Separate Fire is by Walk Thru Fire and out of the Separatist mare Septacular, and was purchased by Jose Trevino for $45,000 at the 2010 Heritage Place Yearling Sale. 

Feature Mr Bojangles lost his first race by a head, but learned his lesson for his next six starts – romping home undefeated the rest of the year while racking up the $700,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1), the $259,943 Hobbs America Futurity (G2) and the Four Corners Futurity in the process. The sorrel colt earned $541,612 during his championship campaign. Bred by Joyce Erickson of Albuquerque, New Mexico, he was purchased for $16,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale by brothers Roberto and Alex Sanchez’s S/M Cattle Export Co., and Jaime Dominguez. After the Rainbow win, R. D. Hubbard and Jim Helzer purchased interests in the horse. Feature Mr Bojangles was trained by Roberto Sanchez and ridden by Alonso Rivera, G.R. Carter Jr. and Jacky Martin. The colt is by Feature Mr Jess and out of the First Down Dash mare Catch This Dash.


Good Reason SA topped the aged horse category as well as the aged stallion category, with a win in the Champion of Champions (G1) over a tough field of horses. The 4-year-old stallion raced for breeder Gianni Franco Samaja of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The horse has won a Grade 1 race in each season on the track, beginning with the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, followed by the Golden State Derby. Good Reason SA was trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Ramon Sanchez and Eduardo Nicasio.

In 2011, Good Reason SA won two of seven starts and earned $501,082. First, he won the Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G2), and through the summer was fourth in the Grade 1 Vessels Maturity, Go Man Go Handicap and Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship. He won the Champion of Champions by a nose over a strong field, to close his racing career with seven wins in 15 starts, and earnings of $1,446,727. The stallion by Favorite Trick (TB) and out of the First Down Dash mare Queen Of Appeals opens his stud career with the mantle of two championship honors, and will stand at Royal Vista Ranches in Oklahoma.

The 2010 champion aged horse and champion aged mare Spit Curl Diva returned in 2011 to capture her third champion title, as the champion aged mare. The mare got the nod for a bold season conducted at an age when many breeding horses are long since retired. The 6-year-old mare, owned by the Lepic-Morgan Partnership, won three of seven races and earned $118,415. The well-traveled mare competed at four tracks in four states, and won the Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge (G2), Keokuk Stakes (G3) and Golden Driller Stakes, and was second in the Indiana Downs Classic, Fair Meadows Belles Stakes and was fifth in the Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1). In her career, the tough mare has won 19 of 37 starts and earned $829,353. She was trained in 2011 by Jody Brown and Paul Jones, and ridden by David Brown. Spit Curl Diva was bred in Oklahoma by Little Deer Creek Quarter Horses, and is by Spit Curl Jess and out of the Some Dasher mare Some Kinda Diva. Spit Curl Diva has been retired from racing.

Champion aged gelding Rylees Boy is a model of consistency. The Gerardo Ochoa-owned and -trained 6-year-old has not been worse than third in 25 starts dating back to October 2008. In 2011, he won three of six starts and earned $322,320 while earning the champion aged gelding award. The Arizona-bred gelding in his second start of the year smoked a :20.769 quarter mile in his trial to the Bank of America Sunland Championship Challenge (G2), then in the final bettered his time to :20.423. He next headed to Oklahoma, where he won the Remington Park Invitational (G1). He was second to Favorite Cartel in the Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), and returned to Sunland to finish third in The Championship at Sunland Park (G1). Rylees Boy was ridden by Joe Ruiz and Jacky Martin. In his career, Rylees Boy has won 17 of 36 starts and earned $711,481. Rylees Boy was bred by Gary Nesbitt of Tucson, Arizona, and is by Heza Motor Scooter and out of the Rocky Jones mare Pipistrelle.

Steve Holt’s De Passem Okey became a repeat champion distance horse, joining the likes of Griswold, Sign Of Lanty and Snowbound Superstar to achieve the feat. Like Sign Of Lanty before him, De Passem Okey is a former claimer, who Holt picked up in the spring of 2010 for $7,500. During his second championship year, De Passem Okey won five of eight races and earned $127,710. His wins include the Remington Distance Handicap (G3), Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge, Covered Bridges Stakes and King Rick Rack Stakes. He was also third in the Herman Jefferson Stakes (G3). He was trained by Rodney Reed, Fred Danley and Loyd Moreland and ridden by G.R. Carter Jr., Alejandro Medellin and Stormy Smith. De Passem Okey was bred by Dr. Eddie Moore and is by Okey Dokey Dale out of the Thoroughbred mare Impassable Gal, by Sir Richard Lewis. De Passem Okey has won 15 of 32 lifetime starts and earned $290,821.


Fantastic For Me becomes the first horse to represent his continent, as he was honored as the South American champion. In its inaugural year, the award was given to the winner of the Bank of America South America Championship Challenge. The 5-year-old gray stallion races for Sergio Romero Lucena Nunes of Caruaru, Brazil. Fantastic For Me is the second champion bred by Gianni Franco Samaja, who bred and raced aged champion Good Reason SA. Fantastic For Me is by Corona For Me out of the Chicks Beduino mare Jusjumpin. He has won two approved races, including the trial and final of the South America Championship Challenge, and earned $41,460. He was trained by F.P. Melo and ridden by A.R. Lima.

Joyce and Erik Lehtinen’s homebred The Diamond Side earned the Canadian champion title while winning four of his eight starts in the year. The 4-year-old gelding won two stakes, including the Ontario Bred and Foaled Maturity (R) and the Fort Erie Maturity. He was trained by Erik Lehtinen and ridden by Helen Vanek. The Diamond Side is by The Down Side and out of the Pritzi Dash mare Pritzi Diamond. He has won eight of 22 lifetime starts and earned $197,984. 

SF Mexicana Brave earned the Mexican champion title, while winning three of six starts in her freshman season. The homebred filly races for Hector Arreola Roldan of Mexico, and won both the Garanones Futurity (RG3) and a division of the Premio SF Double Assault, and was second in the Mexico Futurity (R). SF Mexicana Brave was trained by her owner and Everardo Flores and ridden by Arturo Romero. SF Mexicana Brave is by SF Brave Heart out of the Simple Assault mare SF Chicks Mexicana.


Racing’s all-time leading breeder Dr. Ed Allred was also 2011’s leading breeder. In 2011, Allred-breds earned $3,067,621 while winning 212 of 1,155 starts. The horses include two-time Grade 1 winner Snitcher, as well as Restricted Grade 1 winner Hot Hitter and Grade 2 winners Oatman and Fall For It. The earnings top the year’s standings, with Vessels Stallion Farm LLC the next-closest on the list with breeder earnings of $1,020,094. 

Double Bar S Ranch enjoys its second nod as the sport’s champion owner. The Moreno Valley, California-based breeders and owners earned their first in 2006. Managed by Sharon List and her daughters Dawn and Rhonda Rae, Double Bar S in 2011 sent out 17 winners from 98 starters, a 17 percent win rate, and were in the money at a 51 percent clip. Their runners were highlighted by the accomplishments of two homebreds – the venerable 7-year-old champion Jess You And I, who earned his eighth Grade 1 victory in the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational, and freshman Igotyourtac, who won the Golden State Million Futurity (G1). Other runners include Grade 1 placed Pushing Dazies and Grade 1 qualifiers Hi On The List and Been Chased.

Trainer Paul C. Jones continues his stranglehold on the Blane Schvaneveldt Champion Trainer award, as he earns it for the 10th consecutive year and approaches the record set by the award’s namesake, Blane Schvaneveldt, who earned the award the first 12 years it was offered, from 1985-1996. In 2011, Jones trained the earners of $4,705,577, far short of his all-time record of more than $7.4 million, but still nearly double his closest competitor, trainer C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, whose stable brought in more than $2.4 million. Jones’ horses won 170 of 1,017 starts and include champions Separate Fire and Good Reason SA, as well as Grade 1 winners Igotyourtac, Favorite Cartel, Jess You And I and Stylish Jess BR.

Speaking of repeat winners, jockey G.R. Carter Jr. accepts the familiar mantle of champion jockey. The Oklahoma-based rider has earned the award nine times, far more than any other rider in the award’s 26-year history. This year, Carter rode 171 winners of 885 starts, with earnings of $4,311,455, which narrowly lead all jockeys by money earned, only $33,312 ahead of 2009 champion jockey Ramon Sanchez. Carter rode Grade 1 winners Llano Teller, Sixes Streak and Louisiana Senator this year, as well as sharing riding duties on champions Feature Mr Bojangles and De Passem Okey.

Read the Q-Racing Journal’s March Annual Review for complete stories on all of the 2011 champions, as well as championship voting, year-end statistics and historical data.

Individual Member Voting


Champions 2011 Cumulative Earnings: $5,395,208

Champions Cumulative 2011 Races Started: 87

Champions Cumulative 2011 Races Won: 43

2011 Most Starts: Prospect To The Top (10 starts)

2011 Most Wins: (tie) Cold Cash 123 and Feature Mr Bojangles (six wins each)

Top Earner: Ochoa, $1,244,200

Homebred Champions (including owners in partnership): Five

Repeat Champions:

Spit Curl Diva (2010 champion aged horse, champion aged mare)
De Passem Okey (2010 champion distance horse)

Breeder of Multiple Champions:

Gianni Franco Samaja (2)

Trainers of Multiple Champions:

Paul Jones (3)
C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath (2)

Riders of Multiple Champions:

Jacky Martin (5)
Roy Baldillez (2)
G.R. Carter Jr. (2)
Ramon Sanchez (2)

States/Countries of Ownership:

Texas (4)
Oklahoma (2)
Brazil (2)
Arizona (1)
Iowa (1)
Michigan (1)
Mexico (1)
Ontario (1)

State/Country of Foaling:

Oklahoma (3)
Texas (3)
California (2)
Arizona (1)
Michigan (1)
Brazil (1)
Ontario (1)
Mexico (1)

Sires of Champions:

Corona For Me (1)
Coronas Prospect (1)
Favorite Trick (TB) (1)
Feature Mr Jess (1)
Heza Motor Scooter (1)
Mr Jess Perry (1)
Oak Tree Special (1)
Okey Dokey Dale (1)
SF Brave Heart (1)
Spit Curl Jess (1)
The Down Side (1)
Tres Seis (1)
Walk Thru Fire (1)

Broodmare Sires of Champions:

First Down Dash (2)
Chicks Beduino (1)
Easily Smashed (1)
Pritzi Dash (1)
Racin Free (1)
Rocky Jones (1)
Separatist (1)
Simple Assault (1)
Sir Richard Lewis (TB) (1)
Some Dasher (1)
Stoli (1)
Takin On The Cash (1)

Sires of Champions’ Sires:

First Down Dash (4)
Corona Cartel (2)
Mr Jess Perry (2)
Heza Fast Man (1)
Phone Trick (TB) (1)
Sixarun (1)
Special Task (1)
Streakin La Jolla (1)