Second-Career Star: Lethal Destiny
Second-Career Star: Lethal Destiny
By Andrea Caudill
Bred to the purple, Lethal Destiny’s destiny wasn’t the straightaway – but thanks to the versatility enjoyed by American Quarter Horses, she has found it in a sport that still requires speed and cashes lucrative checks.
Lethal Destiny was foaled in 2018, and was bred by P.K. Thomas, who has cultivated many winners from her damline, and in his own name bred earners of more than $5.9 million.
Her sire, Tres Seis, is himself the product of a great dam. The sport’s champion 2-year-old colt in 2001, he is by Sixarun and out of the blue hen mare Our Third Delight. This mare also produced sire Dean Miracle, top producer Fortune Of Delight, herself the dam of Hes My Dasher and A Delightful Dasher, as well as A Delightful Legacy, dam of champion Inseparable.
Her dam is Miss Lethal, a lightly-raced daughter of American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame stallion Chicks Beduino out of Lethal Weapon, a daughter of Tolltac.
Miss Lethal has also produced champion Volcom Bay ($426,023); major winner Lethal Delight, an earner of $453,701 and the dam of All American Futurity (G1) winner JM Miracle; Grade 1-placed Lethal Volt ($287,610); as well as Lethal Class, an earner of $151,075 and the dam of recent All American Derby (G1) finalist Lethal Avenger.
This is also the mare family of horses like Shez Lethal ($175,972), One Lethal Blaze ($100,840), Volcoms Heart ($116,386), Volcoms Lady ($108,464), Jessgottahaveit ($118,890), Viente Negro ($137,701), Rare Coup ($158,816), Lethal Artillery ($144,260), Lethal Bay ($149,095) and many others.
Lethal Destiny sold at 2019 Heritage Place Yearling Sale for $52,000. She made four starts for a partnership of Matt Dunn and Mike Castanon, and while she lit the board once, she did not indicate that her destiny was on the straightaway.
They consigned her to the 2020 Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale, and she was acquired by Sharon Bryant of Appomattox, Virginia, through the recommendation of her trainer, Cody Bauserman.
Bryant is a life-long horsewoman and she and her family are deeply involved with barrel racing. They all enjoy the sport, and sharing time with each other, and have seen great success over the years. Bryant was interested in adding Tres Seis bloodlines to her program, and this mare fit the bill.
“I have some really nice mares, but I’ve been wanting a Tres Seis for awhile,” Bryant said. “If I bred one, I knew it would take awhile to get one old enough to run. We’d looked at a couple sales, and he ran across this mare at the sale. He called me and said ‘I really like the looks of this mare.’”
Lethal Destiny came home and was retrained for the cloverleaf. She has quickly proven herself a significant danger in barrel racing – still early in her career, she has earned more than $60,000 in barrel racing, according to QData records, including more than $23,000 at the Ruby Buckle Futurity earlier this year.
“He’s done a really good job with her,” Bryant said of her trainer’s efforts. “I think the Tres Seis’ are great, there are a lot of top (barrel racing) contenders out there.”
Lethal Destiny is good tempered, her owner said, and has a great deal of future potential. They plan to continue campaigning her, but she will also join the broodmare band.
“I look forward to folks in my family being able to ride her,” Bryant said. “And I want to raise and sell some nice colts, too.”
There’s no doubt that the future is bright for success, whether on the racetrack or arena.
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