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Pedigree Analysis: Jody Pops Zoomer

This pedigree is popping.

By Andrea Caudill
Q-Racing Journal
October 22, 2013

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Jody Pops Zoomer. PHOTO: Reed Palmer Photography

It was a big weekend of racing around the country – and the coming weeks will provide even bigger races. The trials for the Grade 1 $394,306 Texas Classic Derby, $1 million Texas Classic Futurity and Golden State Million Futurity were all run this weekend, with the finals coming up in a few weeks.

At Lone Star Park, Gary Kurz’s homebred Jody Pops Zoomer lit up the Texas Classic Derby trials by setting not only the fastest qualifying time, but also the fastest 440 yards ever seen at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. The gelding went the distance in :21.075, lowering the mark set 16 years ago by Dashing Perfection.

Sire Zoomin For Bux is a 9-year-old son of Shazoom out of the Jody O Toole mare Oh No Its Uh Oh. The stallion won or placed in 12 of 14 starts and earned $259,739 on the track. He won the Retama Park Futurity (G1), and placed in four additional stakes.

From three crops to race, Zoomin For Bux has sired 39 winners from 80 starters (48 percent) including seven stakes winners (9 percent). His runners have racked up more than $1 million and include Canadian champion Zoomin After Six ($227,456) from his very first crop. The stallion is set to stand the 2014 breeding season at Tate Farms at Ville Platte, Louisiana.

The “pop” in Jody Pops Zoomer’s pedigree traces directly to Kurz’s 1983 mare Gotta Pop Pop. Jody Pops Zoomer is out of Gotta Pop Pop’s daughter, Jody Pops Little Sis. The 2003 daughter of Jody O Toole made 14 starts and won or placed in half of them. Among them was a victory in the Dixie Stallion Futurity (RG3) and a third-place finish in the Manor Downs Derby (G2). She earned $60,567. She has produced three winners from four starters so far, with Jody Pops Zoomer ($44,825) her most successful runner to date. She has a yearling by PYC Paint Your Wagon named Jody Pops Lil Wagon.

Gotta Pop Pop is a Texas-bred daughter of Bobby Que out of the Thoroughbred mare Pappa Top by Pappa Steve. Gotta Pop Pop was bred by Freddie Yamaguchi, and her race record was abbreviated – she won two of her four starts and was second once, but what she ran was accomplished very quickly. In her final two starts, she ran a 110 and 107 speed index, including a second-place finish (by a nose) in the Texas Poor Boy Sprint Futurity (R) at G. Rollie White Downs in Brady.

Gotta Pop Pop would go on to have 17 foals before her death in 2006. From them emerged 16 winners, including four stakes winners.

Her first big runner was her third foal, and the namesake of Jody Pops Zoomer’s mama. Jodies Pop Pop was Gotta Pop Pop’s first cross to Jody O Toole, and it paid off in a gelding who made a solid 59 starts in his career, which extended from 1992 through 2001. He won five stakes races and placed in three more, with his most important win being the 1993 Manor Downs Derby (G2). He earned $183,232 in his career.

In 1994, Gotta Pop Pop produced Victorys Pop Pop by Victory Dash. Though herself a marginal runner, to the nick of Jody O Toole, Victorys Pop Pop  produced stakes-placed runner Jodys Victory Pop ($49,861); she also produced 2009 All American Futurity (G1) finalist Gols Victory Pop (by Gol, $130,396).

The very next year, Gotta Pop Pop produced Gotta Special Pop (by Special Elan), who would win the 1997 TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity (RG2) and earn $84,312 in her racing career. From this well comes three-time stakes winner Shake Em Special Pop (by Royal Shake Em, $178,872) and Jodys Special Pop (by Jody O Toole), who produced stakes winner Volcoms Special Pop (by Volcom, $30,699).

Gotta Pop Pop’s 1999 foal was Randys Pop Pop by Dash For Randy, who would win or place in nine of 17 starts, including a win in the 2001 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2), and earn $135,562.

In 2001, Gotta Money Pop by Man In The Money was foaled, and she would go on to produce – again, to the magic Jody O Toole cross – Jodys Money Pop, winner of the 2008 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG1) and earner of $303,026. She is also the dam of Grade 3 winner Gols Honey Money Pop (by Gol, $69,108) and Grade 1-placed Shake Em Money Pop (by Royal Shake Em, $152,093).

Gotta Pop Pop’s mama Pappa Top was foaled as a twin in 1974. While birthing Gotta Pop Pop is her claim to fame, she is a half sister to two Panama stakes winners, including grade III stakes winner Orphan Annye (TB) and Early Times (TB). All of them are out of the mare Fairy Sprite (TB).

That is enough ‘pop’ to make a Coca-Cola distributor proud. Don’t forget to grab a pop and tune in to the Texas Classic Derby (G1) final on November 9 at Lone Star Park.