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Q-Racing Blog: Too Much Fun

An $8,000 yearling last year is paying off with big time fun this year.

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By Ty Wyant

First-time owner Celia Kinsey is beyond ecstatic about her part-ownership of Rainbow Futurity (G1) finalist Jesses Dashair.

“It’s the greatest thing ever,” Celia said after Jesses Dashair won her trial to the $1-million Rainbow Futurity with the fourth-fastest qualifying time on the first of two days of trials. The finals will be held on July 21 at Ruidoso Downs.

Celia’s partner in Jesses Dashair is Sandy Wood, wife of champion trainer Blane Wood and mother of Jesses Dashair’s trainer Trey Wood.

“It’s very exciting because I’ve never had a horse,” Celia said. “It’s especially exciting because she’s a sweet little girl.

“My husband came in one day and said, ‘I bought you a horse.’ I just thought that was his excuse for buying him another horse. But, instead, she’s a winner. It’s just great.”

The Dashair daughter qualified for the $1,073,100 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) but never had a chance in the finals.

“The Heritage Place Futurity, well that’s part of racing,” Blane said. “My wife is familiar with all that, she knows about stuff. It broke Celia’s heart when (Jesses Dashair) didn’t break. After she didn’t break, they took up her lane and nothing was intentional, that’s part of racing. You can’t control the weather and you can’t control some of the luck. Just be ready for the opportunity when it arrives. Be prepared.”

An $8,000 Heritage Place yearling purchase, Jesses Dashair had already finished fourth in the $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile Stakes and has now earned $54,806. She’ll get another check in the Rainbow Futurity and it could be as large as the $420,000 winner’s share.

Celia and her husband James are longtime friends with Blane and Sandy Wood. “Blane and Sandy have trained horses for us for many years and we all are in Lubbock together,” Celia said. “We do a lot of things together, like sporting events, and we’re just good friends.”

Blane was at the Heritage Place sale when Jesses Dashair was offered.

“We’re familiar with her momma and had that family before,” Blane said. “Terry (Stennett) put her in the Heritage Sale and I was familiar with the filly when she was a baby.

“Well, she got her hind leg skinned up pretty badly and it took a long time to heal up. It was all superficial. So, when she came up in the sale, I had looked at her. I thought she won’t bring any money because of that hind leg. Sure enough, she brought $8,000, so I bought her and took her home. She started working really well.”

Then James visited Blane’s training facility one morning.

“We worked that filly and he said ‘What’s that?’ and I told him,” Blane said. “He asked, ‘Who owns her?’ and I said my wife. He asked if I’d be willing to sell half of her and I said, yeah, sure.”

The plan is to keep Jesses Dashair as a broodmare after she retires and add more racehorses.

“Right now, we have this filly, so everybody’s happy,” Blane said. “We’ll buy a few more for them over the next several years.

“Next year we’ll probably go and get a horse with four or five of the girls, our owners’ wives, and just have fun. It breaks up the expense. It’s just fun, a group effort.”

So, how will Celia feel as the Rainbow Futurity approaches? “I’m going to be like an anxious mom at her kid’s athletic event. I’m just so excited. I think she’ll get there because she loves to run.”

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