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Pedigree Analysis: Sparky E Boy

"Sparky" is one consistent boy.

By Andrea Caudill
Q-Racing Journal
September 16, 2013

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Sparky E Boy

The $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap (G1) on September 15 at Los Alamitos delivered for its fans a field of horses worthy of a Champion of Champions gate: 40 percent of the field was made up of champions, and 60 percent were Grade 1 winners.

Last To Fire posted a sharp effort to finish 1 3/4 lengths ahead, choked down by jockey Eduardo Nicasio. The next six across the line, though, were part of a textbook blanket finish – only a neck separated them. Nothing at all separated the Paul Jones’ trained stablemates Rylees Boy and Sparky E Boy, who finished in a dead heat for second.

Jesus Cuevas and Jesus Avila’s Last To Fire adds the race to his impressive resume. In July, he added the Vessels Maturity (G1) and we looked at his pedigree then.

This week, let’s take a look at the Utah-bred Sparky E Boy.

Bred by Reed Pierson of Garland, Utah, who owns the 6-year-old gelding in partnership with Brad Stevenson, Sparky E Boy has run an incredibly successful $338,174 career to date without ever quite hitting the spotlight.

Facing the starter 32 more times since his dominating 1 1/2-length maiden out on May 30, 2009 at Pocatello Downs, Sparky E Boy has won a total of nine starts, finished second eight times and third six times.

His stakes wins are the 2009 Dutch Masters III Futurity, Q-Racing Stakes, Holiday Handicap, 2010 Intermountain Handicap, Town Policy Stakes (R) and 2012 Bank of America Los Alamitos Championship Challenge (G3).

His list of second-place finishes, moreover, includes the 2011 Champion of Champions (G1) and 2010 Southern California Derby (G1) in addition to the Go Man Go.  In other Grade 1 appearances, he ran in the 2012 Go Man Go Handicap, Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational and Los Alamitos Winter Championships, and 2011 Go Man Go ’Cap.

Sparky E Boy’s sire is the 16-year-old First Down Dash stallion Hawkinson, who stands at Burns Ranch at Menifee, California. Both Hawkinson and his full brother, the 12-year-old champion Hawkish, are owned by EG High Desert Farms. Hawkish stands at EG High Desert Farm at Temecula, California.

Hawkinson was a champion runner who earned $448,299 in a career that included winning the 2001 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) and Go Man Go Handicap (G1) and also running second in the Champion of Champions (G1).

From nine crops to race, Hawkinson has sired the earners of more than $9.5 million, including champion Strawkins ($613,406).

Sparky E Boy is a third-generation homebred for Pierson. The gelding is out of the Lanes Leinster mare YR Brown Lucy.

YR Brown Lucy is a 12-year-old who was a race winner in a brief two-start career. Sparky E Boy was her first foal. She has two additional foals, a 2008 gelding named Flaaash (by Latest Version, $1,375) and a 2-year-old full sister to Sparky E Boy named Miss Fifty Niner ($425).

Pierson bred YR Brown Lucy’s dam, Ruddy Runner, out of the Go Top Chick mare Go Silver Chicky. Raced in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming, the Easy Rumbo mare won or placed in seven of nine starts, earned $17,343 and finished second in the $40,490 Diamond Classic Derby (RG3). She is a full sister to stakes winner YR Tommy.

From 11 starters, Ruddy Runner has produced seven winners. Among them are Silver Dollar Futurity (RG1) winner YR Samuel (by Dash Ta Fame, $89,821) and American-Canadian Futurity (G3) placed Ruddy Chance (by Lanes Leinster, $10,861).

Her daughter YR Sadie (by Dash Ta Fame) is being used as a barrel racing broodmare, and has produced progeny who have earned more than $140,000 in barrel racing competition, according to Equi-Stat records.