Racehorses in Rodeo

In honor of the NFR, a look at the racehorse in elite rodeo horses.

Q-Racing Journal

Stakes winner KR Montana Shakem is also a champion rodeo horse.

The best hands in the rodeo world have gathered in Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on December 3-12. This huge event is the culminating event of the rodeo season, and it is interesting to note how much influence the racing American Quarter Horse has here.

While not all pedigrees are known, we’re going to take a look at some of the racehorses and racehorse blood that is known. On The Rodeo Road has provided an excellent and comprehensive list of the pedigrees of the barrel horses who helped their riders make it to the top 15 in the nation this year.

When perusing the list of pedigrees, it is immediately apparent the impact that racing blood has on this sport. Every single horse has a racehorse in its immediate pedigree, with such familiar names as Beduino (TB), Brookstone Bay, Chicks A Blazin, Corona Cartel, Dash For Cash, Dash Ta Fame, Easy Jet, First Down Dash, Shawne Bug, Splash Bac, Special Effort, Strawfly Special and Streakin Six all appearing within a few generations.

I want to point out Dash Ta Diamonds, who, while himself not a racehorse, is by Dash Ta Fame and out of The Millenium Star, whose pedigree I detailed in the pedigree of his half-brother An Absolut Diamond. 

There are seven second-career racehorses among the top 15 contender’s horses.

Fast An Gold (1998 gelding, El Roco-Romanna Glass by Raise Your Glass (TB), aka “Chisum”): Bred by Randy and Linda Schalla of Tularosa, New Mexico, Fast An Gold placed twice in five starts and earned $1,027. As a barrel horse, he has helped his rider Lisa Lockheart accumulate more than $151,000 in rodeo earnings this year.

Sire El Roco (Beduino-Mama Said Win by Ettabo) is a full brother to champion Chingaderos ($853,404), and is himself a stakes-placed runner. Fast An Gold’s dam, Romanna Glass, was bred by champion breeder Bobby Cox and is out of the Easy Jet mare Ms Romanna, making her a half sister to stakes winner Romanna Jet.

What Fame (1998 gelding, Dash Ta Fame-BCR Whata Foxy Lady by Murrtheblurr (TB)): Bred by Kevin Glasmann of Ogden, Utah, What Fame won or placed in nine of 19 career races, earning $13,857 while competing at Laurel Brown, Wyoming Downs, the Elko Co. Fair and Los Alamitos. He has helped his barrel rider Sarah Rose McDonald as she has accumulated more than $134,000 this year. He was the 2003 AQHA world champion in junior barrel racing.

What Fame’s sire, Dash Ta Fame, is both a leading racehorse sire as well as being the No. 1 barrel horse sire. His dam, BCR Whata Foxy Lady, was a stakes-placed runner, and a full sister to six-time stakes winner BCR Really A Jet ($137,329)

Atlas Peak (2002 gelding, Dash Ta Fame-Dashin Sandy by Streakin Dash): While not expected to contest the NFR, Atlas Peak assisted Sherri Cervi to yearly earnings of more than $104,000 this year. He also has the distinction of being the most experienced racehorse on the list. Bred by MJ Farms of Veguita, New Mexico, the horse raced 23 times over his three-year career, earning $23,441.

Another son of Dash Ta Fame, Atlas Peak is out of a Restricted Grade 2 winner who earned $103,171 in her racing career before starting a famed broodmare career. Dashin Sandy produced Champagne Lane, Sandys Fame, Fine Wines, Tangled Vines. These mares themselves have produced, among others, champion Alice K White ($278,342), Kendall Jackson ($420,539), Sandys Jesse ($248,350), Rex Hill ($230,701), Untangled Vines ($134,768), Onemoreglassofwine ($118,065) and Mr Perrys Wine ($105,140).

Blazin Baby J (2009 gelding, Dash Ta Fame-Medley A Blazin by Chicks A Blazin): Bred by Aguilar Racing LLC of Clint, Texas, Blazin Baby J placed in his five career races and earned $2,591 while competing at Zia Park and Sunland Park. He and stablemate Cartels Fame have helped Jackie Ganter earn more than $69,000 this season.

Yet another son of Dash Ta Fame, he is out of a full sister to stakes-placed runner A Medley Of Chicks.

Cartels Fame (2008 gelding, Dash Ta Fame-Corona Koolaid by Corona Cartel): Bred by Kenneth Waggoner of Madill, Oklahoma, Cartels Fame made only two career starts and earned $180 before moving on to what would be a far more successful career.

He, too, is by Dash Ta Fame. Waggoner also bred his dam, who was a winner in her racing career and has produced the earners of more than $62,000 on the track. She is a half-sister to stakes-placed runners Royal Quick Six and Aluminizer and from the immediate mare family that produced champion Top Rockette ($217,923).

Im A Royal Design (2007 gelding, Royal Streakin-Designers Splash by Splash Bac): Bred by Russell Rusty Vicchrilli of Wiggins, Colorado, Im A Royal Design was a Grade 1 finalist on the track, qualifying to the Sam Houston Futurity (G1) in 2009, but having to scratch from the final. He retired with career earnings of $17,948. He has helped his barrel rider Jana Bean earn more than $60,000 this year.

His sire Royal Streakin was a Grade 1-placed runner who earned $110,296 on the track. From limited starters, he has sired the earners of more than $650,000, including RS Coal ($115,495). His dam also produced stakes winner Design Tobe A Winner (by Winners Version, $93,293).

Senor La Jolla (2000 gelding, Streakin La Jolla-Linda Lobo by Six Fols): Bred by Jerry West of Ville Platte, Louisiana, Senor La Jolla had a limited career on-track. He helped his barrel rider Deb Guelly to earn more than $59,000 this year.

His sire, Streakin La Jolla, was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2012 for his exploits as both a runner and sire. His dam, Linda Lobo, was an unraced half-sister to champion Bartendress (by Beat A Native, $452,309).

I would also be remiss if I failed to mention this year’s AQHA-PRCA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year, KR Montana Shake Em. Bred by Mary and Ed Kyler of Cascade, Montana, KR Montana Shake Em (2002 gelding, Royal Shake Em-RR Miss Saigon by El Roco) is a four-time stakes winner who earned $65,663 in his accomplished racing career.

Sire Royal Shake Em is a Grade 1 winner and has sired the earners of more than $10.9 million on the racetrack. Dam RR Miss Saigon is a half sister to RR Le Mistral, dam of Grade 1 winners The Down Side ($361,792) and Revv It Up ($277,703).

If you want to check out the runnin’ blood competing at the NFR, you can watch via its paid live stream, or you can check to see if it will be broadcast in your area. AQHA will be providing updates on the American Quarter Horses competing at the NFR. Tune into this information at https://aqha.com/rodeo

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