Pedigree Analysis: BP Hit The Bigtime

Hitting them out of the pedigree park.

Q-Racing Journal

BP Hit The Bigtime. PHOTO: Coady Photography

If you’re looking to hit the big time, the $55,360 James Isaac Hobbs Stakes (G2) at Zia Park is a good place to start.

At least that seems to be the path BP Hit The Bigtime is following, as he romped home ahead of a solid field of horses to notch his first stakes victory. The $winner's share boosted his bankroll to $113,648.

Today we’re going to take a look at BP Hit The Bigtime’s pedigree, but I want to also give a quick nod to Mr Jo Eagle, a homebred One Famous Eagle gelding racing for Dan Nicks of Devine, Texas. The horse notched his first stakes win on Friday, winning the $20,000 Grand Prairie Stakes (R)  at Lone Star Park and pushing his career earnings to $113,803.

The 4-year-old’s dam is the First Place Dash mare First Place Diamond, who was bred by AQHA Past President Jerry Windham. The mare is a daughter of The Jubilee Diamond, giving this fruitful damline yet another black type winner. First Place Diamond is also the dam of stakes winner Diamond For Jess (by Feature Mr Jess, $270,321) and stakes-placed runner John The Banker (by Ivory James, $128,401). The Jubilee Diamond, herself a daughter of champion Denim N Diamonds, is a glittering jewel in the family I profiled last year.

BP Hit The Bigtime was bred by BP himself, Bill Price of Thackerville, Oklahoma, on both sides of his pedigree. The horse is by Cartel Success and out of the Heza Fast Man mare JA Fast Lady.

Cartel Success is an 11-year-old son of leading living sire Corona Cartel. The Grade 2-winner stands at JEH Stallion Station, and we looked at him last year while profiling his son Slew Of Success. Cartel Success has from 86 starters gotten the earners of more than $1.7 million, an average of $19,848 per starter.

Cartel Success is owned by Matt Dunn of Bismarck, North Dakota, who also bought BP Hit The Bigtime’s dam at the same time he bought the horse’s sire. The dam in question is JA Fast Lady, whom Price also bred. The 2003 mare won or placed in eight of 16 career starts, including winning the Valley Junction Futurity (G2) and Altoona Derby (G3), as well as finishing fifth in PYC Paint Your Wagon’s Texas Classic Futurity (G1).

From six starters she has produced three winners, including stakes-placed runner BP Valliant Man (by Valiant Hero, $57,462).

Her dam, the First Down Dash mare JA Codas Pride, also produced the stakes-placed Tres Seis gelding Cascada B ($51,759).

One more step back on the family tree brings us to My Ladys Alibi, a Grade 1 finalist and a Restricted Grade 2-placed runner in her day, and a good producer for Price. Among her broodmare achievements are BP Cartels Alibi ($537,441), the Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner and All American Futurity (G1) finalist; and stakes horses Cartel Lady ($36,238) and First Dashaway ($25,524).

My Ladys Alibi is out of Grade 1 winner Ima Ladys Alibi, whose family has produced such luminaries as Snowy Alibi ($470,260) and BP Cartels Miracle ($153,158), among others.

This is also the immediate mare family of Cinco Menudos, the Jesse James Jr gelding who on Sunday won the $60,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Championship (RG3) at the Downs at Albuquerque.

Now that’s Bigtime.

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