Pedigree Analysis: Louisiana Speedsters

Dashing Jet Rio and Bradys March Madness light it up at Delta Downs.

By Andrea Caudill
Q-Racing Journal
May 28, 2013

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Dashing Jet Rio. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Memorial Day weekend at Delta Downs at Vinton, Louisiana, had a Scottish flare – on Friday, Dashing Jet Rio scored in the Louisiana Breeders’ Lassie Futurity (RG2) and on Saturday, Bradys March Madness took the Louisiana Breeders’ Laddie Futurity (RG2).

The races were filled with big bucks for the Louisiana speedsters. Dashing Jet Rio brought home $123,071 of the $246,142 purse, while Bradys March Madness took home $135,730 of the $249,744 offering.

Dashing Jet Rio is owned by Douglas Traylor of Katy, Texas, and was ridden by Jessie Chavis for trainer Kenny Roberts. She is now undefeated in two starts with earnings of $132,671.

The sorrel filly was bred by W.A., Bruce, Susan and Karen Darling of Opelousas, Louisiana, and is by Jet Black Patriot and out of Dashing Obsession by Mr Jess Perry. The filly is a third-generation produce from the Darling’s breeding program. W.A. is a 30-year breeder, and he’s bred more than a few fast horses over the years. In his own name, from 327 horses he has bred, 196 (60 percent) have returned winners. Runners he has bred have brought in more than $5.3 million.

One of Darling’s foundation mares was the Thoroughbred mare Princess Rio, a daughter of Boca Rio (a son of Mr. Prospector out of a Native Dancer mare) out of a Hempen daughter named Hemp’n Princes. She was undefeated in three 870-yard races at Delta Downs in 1987, bringing in $21,600. The mare has produced seven starters, of which five are winners. Among them is the Mr Fancy Jet gelding Mr Fancy Rio ($132,043), who made an amazing 81 starts and won or placed in 51 of them. But more importantly, Princess Rio is a producer of producers.

Her producers include the stakes-placed She Wants Cash (by Send Cash, $12,836), a 1992 mare who has produced six winners from 11 starters, including stakes winner Cat Five Storm (by Panther Mountain, $149,985) and stakes-placed runners Hollywood La Jolla (by Streakin La Jolla, $70,187), I Want Cash (by Toast To Dash, $39,310) and We Want Cash (by Toast To Dash, $87,787).

Dashing Rio (by Dash For Cash, $4,204) was an uninspiring runner but a great producer. From 10 starters, she has nine winners with earnings of $530,422. They include Dashing Rio Doc (by Merridoc, $103,519), Rio River Warrior (by Osceola Warrior, $89,731), and Dashing Obsession (by Mr Jess Perry, $204,133).

Dashing Obsession is a seven-time stakes winner campaigned in Louisiana and Texas and, with her sixth foal, continues the family tradition of producing big-time runners. The 14-year-old mare also has a yearling by Game Patriot named Game Obsession.

Jet Black Patriot is a 7-year-old son of Game Patriot, and he was explosive on the track. Bred by Janelle and Richard Simon, the big black colt gave no room for doubt from the first time he entered the gates. He checked off wins in the Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) and the Lee Berwick Memorial Louisiana Bred Futurity (RG1), then headed to Ruidoso where he qualified for the All American Futurity (G1) with an eye-popping 2 1/2-length win. He would finish second, a half length back, in the All American behind eventual world champion Stolis Winner for his first defeat. He then returned to his home state to win the Louisiana QHBA Futurity (RG1). The stallion retired with earnings of $876,921 and now stands at Robicheaux Ranch at Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. From two crops to race, he has sired the earners of more than $1.2 million.

In the Laddie, Jesse Rodriguez Jr.’s Bradys March Madness dominated by 2 lengths and set a 330-yard track record of :16.337. The gelding was ridden by Raul Ramirez for trainer Miguel Rodriguez.

While it was his maiden win, Bradys March Madness’ name is likely familiar. In March, appropriately enough, the horse was second to Sandra Sue Blue in the $281,796 Mardi Gras Futurity (R) after overcoming a bumpy start. Rested, he returned in the Laddie trials to finish third behind fastest qualifier Run Daddy Run and Oak Tree Eye Opener.

Bred by Diana Baker’s Triple Lynn Farms LLC of Pineville, Louisiana, Bradys March Madness is by Jess Louisiana Blue out of the JJ Shot Glass mare Kokopelli Hills.

Kokopelli Hills only made one career start, but a quick glance at her pedigree shows a history of speed – her third dam is the great world champion Dashingly ($1,754,323). The mare, who next year will join the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, won or placed in 23 of 25 starts. She was the sport’s world champion, champion aged horse and champion aged mare in 1983 and champion 2-year-old in 1981. Kokopelli Hills has produced a 100 percent win rate from five starters, including stakes-placed runner Victoria Sweet Angel (by Jess Louisiana Blue, $58,518).

Dashingly was owned by J.E. Jumonville during her world championship season, and Bradys March Madness’ sire, Jess Louisiana Blue was bred and stands at Jumonville Farms at Ventress, Louisiana.

Jess Louisiana Blue is a 15-year-old son of Mr Jess Perry out of the good Louisiana Slew (TB) mare The Louisiana Girl. The brown stallion won or placed in 12 of 25 starts, earned $170,682 and was the champion aged stallion in 2002. From eight crops to race, he has sired the earners of more than $8 million. They include 182 winners from 295 starters (62 percent), and 23 stakes winners (8 percent). The Louisiana Girl has also produced Call Me Fed Ex (by Call Me Together, $80,437), Fed Ex Together (by Call Me Together, $111,784), Louisiana Eye Opener (by Mr Eye Opener, $151,254), Jessthelouisianagirl (by Mr Jess Perry, $122,904) and The Louisiana Cartel (by Corona Cartel, $127,941).