Pedigree Analysis: Wilmas Alright Now

A tough gelding wins again.

Q-Racing Journal

Wilmas Alright Now. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Like the boy named Sue in the Johnny Cash song, a gelding named Wilma has gotta grow up tough. And Wilmas Alright Now certainly did – the John Erickson homebred has won 10 of 17 career starts, including Friday’s $16,000 John Ward Handicap at Los Alamitos, and been off the board only once in his entire career.

Wilmas Alright Now this weekend was winning his second career stakes, and boosted his career earnings to a pretty alright $59,385. While scoring a 86 speed index in the John Ward Handicap, he has a career-high speed index of a blazing 115.

“He's a tough horse with a big heart,” his owner said. “He always gives you everything.”

The Idaho-bred is by Im Alright Now and out of the Wizard Of Win mare Wilma The Wizard.

Bred by Vessels Stallion Farm LLC, Im Alright Now is by Strawfly Special and out of the First Down Dash mare First Timza Kiss. His damline traces directly to the blue hen mare Easy Kiss, whose family has also shown up in pedigree analysis’ such as Heza Dasha Fire.

Janeal and Nathan Burnside of Ririe, Idaho, acquired Im Alright Now as a yearling and saw him light the board in 18 of 24 career starts and earn $65,946 while setting two track records. His biggest single paycheck was for winning the $18,980 The Informant Derby in 2006 at Dixie Downs.

From very limited starters, Im Alright Now has sired the earners of more than $138,000, including three stakes winners. Besides Wilmas Alright Now, he’s also the sire of Imalrightmick ($28,138) and Now Im Good ($18,721).

Wilma The Wizard is a 20-year-old daughter of Wizard Of Win and out of the Casady Casanova mare Fleet Lady Of Love. She was bred by H.T. Chic Brooks and B.R. Knowles, and was herself unraced but has produced four winners from six starters. Wizard Of Win was a son of Tolltac and Winning Copy, the mare who was a four-time stakes winner who outran the likes of American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member Town Policy. Winning Copy also is the dam of stakes winner Winning Rich ($68,890) and the good Intermountain sire Proudest Effort.

Wizard Of Win had a very limited sire career, but got 13 winners from 17 starters, with progeny earnings of more than $145,000.

Wilma The Wizard’s mama, Fleet Lady Olene, is also unraced. Her sire, Casady Casanova, was a good son of Top Deck who sired the earners of more than $6.7 million. His daughters have been fruitful producers – they have produced, among others, the likes of champions Speedy Empress ($494,716) and The Casanova ($259,102), as well as WR Red Ace ($313,416), veteran runner Honor Me Good ($216,969) and many more.

Both of Fleet Lady Olene’s starters were winners. She is a sister to stakes-placed runner Fleet Casanova ($22,142) and a half sister to Grade 3-placed runner Hes In Flight ($46,486). These horses’ mama was Fleet Olene, herself a stakes-placed runner.

Fleet Olene’s third dam is Miss Olene, a member of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and a product of two Hall of Fame parents – Leo and Barbara L.

Miss Olene’s foals included champion and major producer Little Blue Sheep, stakes winner and producer Miss Angel Eyes, as well as many others.

And that’s more than just alright.

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