By Andrea CaudillQ-Racing JournalMarch 24, 2014
Paint Me Perry wins the Oklahoma Futurity. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography
The Oklahoma Futurity (G2) has a long history in American Quarter Horse racing. I mean that literally – it is one of the longest-running stakes, since Bud Warren’s Leota W won the first in 1947.
Juan Barbosa’s J&B Rental owns Paint Me Perry, the 74th winner of the historic race, crowned at Remington Park on Saturday after a length victory in the 300-yard race.
Paint Me Perry, a homebred, is now 2-for-2 and earned $148,320 of the $370,800 purse, bringing his career total to $154,158 in two starts.
The colt is by PYC Paint Your Wagon and out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Baby Perry.
Every good horse has a good story, and sire PYC Paint Your Wagon is no exception. I have discussed him before in my pedigree analysis stories, but here’s a closer look at his story.
PYC Paint Your Wagon was born in 2003, the first foal out of the Strawfly Special mare Dashin Follies. The Corona Cartel colt was originally dubbed “Coronas Follie” by breeder Michael Pohl. Born small, the colt was a $35,000 buy-back at the Ruidoso Select Sale.
“I had an office for quite a number of years in the Rio Grande Valley,” recalls Pohl. “One of my good friends down there was Joe Chapa, who every now and then gets a wild hair and wants to own a horse. His partner is Bobby Joe Yzaguirre. Chapa says, ‘Pohl, I want to buy a horse, you’ve got some decent horses, sell me a horse.’ I said, ‘Chapa, you’ve done so much for me, I’ll give you a horse.’ I said, I just bought this horse back at the Ruidoso sale (and I will give him to you). He says, ‘No, let’s just own him together, send me his papers.’ He calls me back, says, ‘Well, I don’t like his name, but I like that he’s by Corona Cartel. You let me name the horse, and we’ll be partners. What we want to do is win the All American.’ I said fine.”
Chapa wanted to name the colt “Paint Your Wagon,” but it had already been used, so they added their initials – PYC for Pohl, Yzaguirre and Chapa.
“That’s the story of how (his name) came to be,” Pohl said.
The rest of the story has been written by PYC Paint Your Wagon himself. The colt – an April baby, like Paint Me Perry – hit the track running, winning the Lazy E Futurity (RG2) in his second start, only five days after his actual 2-year-old birth date, and then finishing second in the Rainbow Futurity (G1). He was second in his All American Futurity trial, but the vagary of the wind excluded him from the finals.
“When he didn’t win the All American, they became disgusted with him and wanted to sell him,” Pohl said. “I begged them not to do it, told them that he could win other races.”
But they were firm, and so Michael’s wife, Donalda, purchased their half in the horse. ‘PYC’ would go on to win the Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity and Heritage Place and Texas Classic derbies, then close his career with a narrow defeat in The Championship at Sunland Park (G1) and retire with earnings of $889,581.
Now standing at Lazy E Ranch at Guthrie, Oklahoma, and owned by Pohl's PYC LLC in partnership with Reliance Ranches LLC, the young stallion has already stamped himself as a leading sire. His first crop hit the track in 2010, and they have come a’runnin’ since with average earnings per starter of more than $28,000. He has sired the earners of more than $12.8 million, with 280 winners from 450 starters (62 percent) and an even 50 stakes winners (11 percent).
Paint Me Perry’s bottom side is also a great story familiar to most Quarter Horse fans. Baby Perry is a 7-year-old daughter of leading sire Mr Jess Perry, out of the great race mare Kool Kue Baby.
Baby Perry was a race winner. She has produced two starters, both winners. She has four 2-year-olds, including two fillies by Tempting Dash named JB Tempting Baby and Kool Baby Ruth, and two colts by PYC Paint Your Wagon. The other colt is named JB Kool Baby.
Kool Kue Baby, foaled in 1992, was a legend in her own time. Famously traded for two pigs, two calves and a dog, the nondescript and tiny bay mare by Gone To The Man became one of the iron runners of modern times. Making 64 starts, she won 34 races and earned $783,519. She won a record 25 stakes, the most of any American Quarter Horse, as well as being a three-time champion. Her story captured the imagination of the public, and she was given the AQHA Silver Spur Award in 1999. The award highlighted a horse who created a positive image of the breed. She was also inducted into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
Kool Kue Baby produced 13 winners from 17 starters, including four stakes winners.
Her first foal was the First Down Dash colt First N Kool, who would go on to win the Sam Houston Derby (G2) and earn $92,393. He sired the earners of more than $2.1 million. He died in June 2013.
Her second foal, First Kool Baby (by First Down Dash), won the Firecracker Futurity (G3) and Manor Downs Derby (G2), earning $158,261 in her career. She is the dam of Grade 1 winner Kool Country Man (by Country Chicks Man, $210,642) and stakes-placed runner Chickie Kool (by Country Chicks Man, $20,254).
Third foal Little Kool Barbie (by Mr Jess Perry) won the 2005 Texas Derby Challenge (G3) and earned $75,238 in her career. She is the dam of stakes winners Little Eye Opener (by Mr Eye Opener, $35,288) and Stel Kool (by Stel Corona, $17,531).
Kool Kue Baby is also the dam of stakes winner Separatist Baby (by Separatist, $86,691).
Baby Perry’s second dam, Kool Kue, was herself an impressive producer. She is also the dam of Kool Kue Baby’s full brother, Gone Kool Man, a Grade 1 winner and earner of $493,683; and stakes winner Kool It Yawl (by By Yawl, $14,223), the dam of stakes winners Kool Cade ($198,432), Ms Mollie Malone ($105,815), Hawk Kue Pie ($75,905) and Kool Kinda Star ($20,449).
Kool Kinda Star is producing a dynasty of her own, with such stars as Canadian champion First Kool Money ($193,267), stakes-placed runner One Kool Shake ($217,267) and stakes winner One Kool Bud ($39,763), dam of Canadian champion One Kool Wave ($299,647) and stakes winner Bye Me One Kool Bud ($55,071).
Paint Me Perry’s pedigree has quite a story to tell, and he is already starting quite a good one of his own.
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