Former Racehorse is Reserve World Champ at World Show

Former racehorse Fly The Red Eye named reserve world champion at AQHA World Show.

Q-Racing Journal
November 12, 2012

Fly The Red Eye is the 49th AQHA Open Supreme Champion

Fly The Red Eye

Former racehorse Fly The Red Eye was crowned reserve world champion in performance halter stallions at the AQHA World Championship Show on November 12.

The 6-year-old stallion is owned by Don and Erin Knox of Pilot Point, Texas, and was exhibited by Kathy Smallwood. He was bred by Julie Pilgrim of Lexington, Oklahoma.

Fly The Red Eye won or placed in six of nine starts during his racing career. He earned a 97-speed index and $16,544 as well as his racing register of merit.

The stallion is by Mr Eye Opener, the sire of 16 crops to race with more than $26.5 million in earnings. The 22-year-old stallion stands at Belle Mere Farm in Norman, Oklahoma. Fly The Red Eye is out of the 19-year-old Bully Bullion mare Gaetana, who during her racing career was third in the Dixie Stallion Futurity (R) and fourth in the Kansas Jackpot Futurity (RG1). She is out of the Jelly Jet mare Special Jelly Roll, winner of the 1990 Heritage Place Derby (RG1), and dam of stakes winners No Tools Required (by Jody O Toole, $117,509), Special Cross (by Cross Tie Walker, $41,118) and Power Roll (by Power Train, $82,311).

Fly The Red Eye is an open AQHA Champion and halter register of merit earner. He has earned 25.5 points in AQHA competition, including halter, performance halter, dally team roping – heeling and reining.

The Knoxs' bought the stallion at the 2007 Heritage Place Yearling Sale and raced him. Among the horses they have raced are Grade 1 finalist Run Naked ($70,563) and stakes-placed runner Shez On The Zoom ($20,614).