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Pedigree Analysis: Here Kittykittykitty

Zia race celebrates some veteran runners.

By Andrea Caudill
Q-Racing Journal
October 28, 2013

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Here Kittykittykitty. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Racing is for the young: Case in point, a 4-year-old – and sometimes even a 3-year-old – races as an “aged” horse.

But don’t tell that to the top three horses in the $170,480 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Classic Cup Championship (RG1) at Zia Park on Sunday. The top three finishers were Here Kittykittykitty, age 6; Bet On Ballou, 8; and Miracle Snow, 9.

Trainer Wes Giles apparently fills his horses’ water buckets from the fountain of youth, as all three horses came from his barn. He was also their trainer in their first (or in Miracle Snow's case, second) career start.

We also give a shout out to the other experienced competitors in the race, Klassic Strawfly, 7, and Genuine American, 9.

The race winner is a familiar face on the New Mexico racing scene. Here Kittykittykitty won for the eighth time in 23 career starts and boosted his earnings to $556,824 for owner Melvin Neugebauer, who also bred and owns Miracle Snow. Here Kittykittykitty was bred by Jay and Mary Lou Standefer of Roswell, New Mexico, and is by Genuine Strawfly and out of the Now I Know mare One Diamond Cat.

Genuine Strawfly is a 14-year-old son of the great Strawfly Special out of the Dash For Cash mare High Fashion Dash. He won the All American Derby (G1) and Ruidoso Derby (G2) in his 11-race career, and retired with earnings of $181,091. The stallion stands at Dr. Leonard Blach’s Buena Suerte Equine at Roswell and has sired eight crops to race. They have earned more than $6.4 million, including 105 winners from 202 starters and 12 stakes winners. He is also the sire of Klassic Strawfly and Genuine American (see above). One of the top-ranked stallions on the 2012 Average Earnings Index with a 1.74 rating, he has a career average of 10.5 races per starter and average earnings per starter of $31,963.

One Diamond Cat was a black daughter of Now I Know out of the stakes-winning Shoot No mare No Billi Jo. She was unraced, but left quite a legacy in the form of her foals. Here Kittykittykitty is actually the younger brother of her first foal, a full sibling named One Diamond Kitty. This 2006 gelding made 34 appearances on the racetrack over six seasons. He is a three-time stakes winner, including the 2010 edition of the Namehimastreaker. He earned $559,302 during his career.

One Diamond Cat had three additional foals, all by Brookstone Bay, but died in 2012, leaving behind a yearling colt named Diamondsontheinside.

The family obviously nicks with Genuine Strawfly, as One Diamond Cat is a half sister to the Genuine Strawfly mare BJ Bring It On, a stakes-placed runner who earned $96,697 in a 22-race career. Both are out of No Billi Jo, who earned $76,183 in her career.

We will also take a quick peek at the other top-placing horses’s pedigrees.

Bet On Ballou was bred by Carl Dahl of Edgewood, New Mexico, and is by Sum Fun To Bet and out of the Strait To The Bank mare Ballou Thirty Two.

Sum Fun To Bet, like Genuine Strawfly, is a son of Strawfly Special. He is out of world champion Down With Debt. From six crops to race he has sired the earners of nearly $1 million.

Ballou Thirty Two is unraced, but has produced four winners from five starters.

The 53-race veteran Miracle Snow is by Dean Miracle and out of the Chicks Beduino mare Snow Peak.

Dean Miracle is a racing champion and half brother to leading sire Tres Seis. He has sired the earners of more than $11.4 million.

Snow Peak only produced two foals, but she herself comes from the fruitful family of Sompinlikaglass.

Sompinlikaglass was foaled in Louisiana. She was bred by J.E. Jumonville Jr. and would win or place in 18 of 29 starts while earning $383,041. She was a Grade 1 winner and Grade 1-placed runner. Among her foals were Grade 1-placed runner and sire Winning Rhythm ($142,923), Heart Flame (dam of Tokay Flame (by Check Him Out, $114,635)) and the good producer Militia. Militia would produce four stakes winners, all by First Down Dash, including Militante ($218,790), sire Maknmoves ($46,440), Dashinlitia ($96,812) and Armyguy ($94,752).

Snow Peak’s daughter, Streakinlikaglass, is the dam of stakes-placed runner One Famous Streaker (by Dash Ta Fame, $7,509).