Second-Career Star: Easy Nights Cash In
Second-Career Star: Easy Nights Cash In
By Andrea Caudill, Quarter Racing Journal editor
While racing owners are understandably focused on racetrack efforts, it’s important to remember that many runners transition to new careers when their racing career is over. The AQHA Second Go program recognizes horses that have done this successfully in an attempt to promote the purchase of horses off the track.
The winner of the AQHA Second Go trophy blanket, which is awarded to the high-scoring, second-career racing Quarter Horse at the 2019 AQHA World Championship Show was Randy Dubose’s Easy Nights Cash In.
The Such Easy Cash mare finished fifth in senior barrel racing.
“I was hoping to win it, but I made a mistake,” her owner and rider says. “She didn’t make a mistake – I made a mistake. I placed second on a horse that normally runs about 3/10ths behind her, even on a good day. He had probably the best run of his life (at the World Show). It turned out a little different than I expected, but it was all good.”
Easy Nights Cash In is a 2005 sorrel mare bred in Louisiana by Ronald J. Landreneau. The mare made three career race starts, including a third-place finish in her final effort, before it was time for a new career.
Randy officially bought the horse from his clients in 2018 but has ridden her since she was 4. The Hattiesburg, Mississippi, resident operates Dubose Quarter Horses with the help of his family, including his daughter, Jordan. They specialize in training and operate a small breeding business.
While he currently specializes in training horses for speed events, he is an all-around horseman; in 1993, he rode Tim Farris’ Dry Pine Smoke to be a finalist in senior working cow horse at the World Show, and then rode the unusually versatile horse to be a finalist in the senior pole bending at the World Show in both 1996 and 1997.
Easy Nights Cash In is called “Twitch” around the barn, because when they first got her in, she blinked her eyes rapidly whenever they came near her face.
“She’s pretty fun,” he says. “She’s one of those horses you can’t force into anything, and if you do, it’s pretty much a fight. She goes on the defensive as soon as you do that. So I just tried to understand her, and we get along great.”
That is an understatement. The pair were the 2017 AQHA open senior barrel racing high-point winners, have earned her Superior in barrel racing, and have won major industry events, such as the 2017 MEGA barrel race in Jacksonville, Mississippi, defeating about 700 horses to take home about $12,000 in cash and prizes from that one event.
Twitch, now 19, is still competing and, at press time, had already qualified for the 2020 AQHA World Championship Show in the open with Randy and the amateur with Jordan. But what her owner is most looking forward to is the next generation.
She has a yearling colt by Gone Heywire on the ground, and they recently welcomed a foal by Flits First Fling.
They are planning breedings to JL Dash Ta Heaven, Shawne Bug Leo and racehorse Kiss My Hocks.
“I’m just so anxious to get the babies out of her, I can hardly stand it!” Randy says with a laugh. “We’re getting some good babies, and we’re hoping they can be as good as she is.”
The experienced horseman has ridden plenty of speed horses, and plenty that have had a career as a racehorse. He says they’re a natural fit.
“I think the racehorses are fantastic for what we do,” he adds, saying that while some barrel racers think all racehorses are hot, it very much depends on the individual and its breeding. (Read more about the crossover of flat and barrel racing bloodlines.)
“It all depends on the bloodlines,” he says. “You can get some hot bloodlines, and you can get some that you can make work. It just depends on who is riding them.”
As an example, Randy describes an FDD Dynasty filly that had made several race starts before he got her in for barrel training. They got her started and patterned her.
“All you had to do was ask her, and she’d really run the pattern,” he says. “But then, as soon as you quit, she quit. She’d walk around and be all lazy again, which is perfect. I love that kind, but a lot don’t expect that out of the racehorses. They think they’re going to get the hotness all the time.”
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