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Pedigree Analysis: Joker On Jack

This gelding is a big hand for a small breeder.

By Andrea Caudill
Q-Racing Journal
September 30, 2013

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Joker On Jack. PHOTO: Reed Palmer Photography

It was a narrow decision, but Wade and Jarrett Helton’s Joker On Jack took the $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) in a blanket finish to earn his third stakes win and first Grade 1 event.

The 3-year-old was taking on older horses during a campaign that includes a third-place finish in Wicked Courage’s $1,054,992 Rainbow Derby (G1). As a 2-year-old, Joker On Jack won the Oklahoma Horseman’s Association Mystery Futurity in track record time, and then won the Hialeah Laddie Futurity. He has won five of 13 career starts and earned $314,678.

Joker On Jack was Hip 50 at the 2011 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, where he sold for $17,000. (At that sale, Joker On Jack followed PYC Kant Katch Me, who went through the ring as Hip 49 and sold for $13,000, and since has gone on to become a Grade 1-placed earner of $191,245.) The gelding was bred by Cindy and Luke Knox’s Corner K Quarter Horses LLC of Fayetteville, Arkansas, who are the cover story breeders in the October Q-Racing Journal, which will be available at www.aqharacing.com on Friday.

The 10-year breeders produce on average only 14 foals per year, but this year alone, they also have to their credit Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) fastest qualifier Turbulent Times (Furyofthewind-Streakin La Tac by Streakin La Jolla) and Rainbow Futurity (G1) finalist Rocked Up (Shazoom-Jess Ought To Go Now by Mr Jess Perry). They are also the breeder of Big Bizooms (Shazoom-Bizarre by Magic Dozen), the dam of Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner Big Biz Perry ($396,550).

Joker On Jack is sired by PYC Paint Your Wagon and is out of the Six Fortunes mare Miss Six Fortune.

Joker On Jack stands among the 46 stakes winners that young sire PYC Paint Your Wagon has gotten in four crops to race. PYC Paint Your Wagon has progeny earnings of more than $11.5 million with 252 winners from 409 starters (61 percent).

We looked into PYC Paint Your Wagon’s pedigree and stallion career a few weeks ago, as he was the sire of 20 percent of the All American Futurity (G1) field, including fastest qualifier Wagon Tales.

Miss Six Fortune is a 24-year-old daughter of Six Fortunes out of the Ettabo mare Bowetta Too. The mare won the 1991 QHBC Classics Futurity (R) and contested both the Heritage Place Futurity (RG1) and the QHBC Juvenile Classic (G1). She earned $47,751 in her career. Miss Six Fortune was bred by Larry Bownds of Spur, Texas, and was acquired by the Knoxes in 1998. She dropped her first foal in 1995, the Grade 3 winner and All American Futurity (G1) and Derby (G1) finalist Runaway Fortune (by Runaway Winner, $97,316).

Full Frontal Assault was foaled in 2000, and the Chicks Beduino mare earned $39,598 while finishing a stakes-placed career as a Grade 1 competitor. The following year, she foaled the First Down Dash filly Start The Commotion, who would become a stakes winner and earner of $30,190 on her way to becoming a stakes producer of One Tough Dude (by Corona Cartel, $238,655).  One of Miss Six Fortune’s 2007 foals was a gelding by Azoom named Forget Thinkin, who in his second start was second in the Retama Park Futurity (G1).

Wade Helton is hoping lightning strikes twice – he picked up her yearling Walk Thru Fire filly, Auntie Entity, for $24,000 at this year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

Miss Six Fortune carries old blood on her bottom side. Her dam, Bowetta Too, was foaled in 1975 and won or placed in 13 of 33 career starts, including two stakes-placed finishes. Bowetta Too’s sire, Ettabo, was one of the champions bred by American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Spencer Childers.

Cindy Knox is a hands-on breeder, but she gets breeding advice from friend and bloodstock agent Mike Stuart of Oklahoma City. The Corner K breeding program looks for big-bodied, correct mares with depth on the distaff side, and are bred in such a way that they can cross with a variety of stallions.

“When you look for depth, it’s really consistency,” Mike says. “I’d rather see consistency in a mare family – a family with several black-type runners that might have been just nice stakes horses – rather than one big runner and nothing else in the family.

Look for more on Corner K Quarter Horses and their breeding program in the October Q-Racing Journal.