Pedigree Analysis: Duponte

Elegance, speed, and million-dollar purses.

Quarter Racing Journal

Duponte wins the Heritage Place Futurity. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Well-known halter horse trainer, exhibitor and AQHA Professional Horseman Luke Castle was attending the races at Remington Park on Saturday night. While watching the post parade, he pointed to a stout, sorrel colt, the No. 10 horse in the $1,083,420 Heritage Place Futurity (G1), noting that this was a horse that he could take into the halter pen and do well with.

That horse was Duponte, and he is doing quite well on the racetrack. The sorrel colt races for Kristen Ashley Paredes of Maxwell, Texas, and with his length victory in the aforementioned million-dollar race, has now won half of his four starts – both the finals of major stakes – and earned $578,519. He also won the Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3).

It’s nice to have a horse with the looks, the ability to win when the money’s on the line and the potential to run on down the track. It should be interesting to see how this horse does moving forward.

He certainly has the pedigree for distance. Bred by champion breeder and American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Cox, Duponte is by American Runaway and out of the Ivory James mare Havanah Goodtime.

American Runaway was a son of Ocean Runaway out of the Strawfly Special mare Allamericandreamgirl. He himself finished just a nose behind Llano Teller in the 2010 Heritage Place Futurity (G1). He would go on to win the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and again, fall just a nostril short in the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity (G1) and Texas Classic Futurity (G1). He would be honored as the champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old colt for that tremendous body of work.

Cox partnered on the horse in the summer of his 2-year-old year, and became the horse’s outright owner at the end of his racing career. American Runaway entered stud in 2012.

Tragically, American Runaway died in 2013, but to date has sired 34 starters, 14 of which have come back as winners, including Grade 2 winner Careless Lightning ($160,269).

His sire, Ocean Runaway, is also a champion and the all-time leading earner for his sire, First Down Dash. Ocean Runaway, too, died young, but he was a proven winner at 400 and 440 yards and has sired runners earning more than $7.4 million.

Duponte’s dam Havanah Goodtime is a homebred for Cox, by Cox’s co-owned stallion Ivory James and out of Jess Celebrating, herself a daughter of Fitting Celebration. This is the family of champion Brimmerton, etc.

Ivory James is the full brother to PYC Paint Your Wagon, and both are proven at longer distances and are top sires.

Duponte is the 6-year-old mare’s first foal. She also has a yearling filly by Bigtime Favorite named Nymeria.

Cox’s breeding program is doing very well this year, and he currently sits at No. 1 on the year’s breeders list by money earned, and second by races won. His breeding program is a key part of previous Pedigree Analysis subject Beach Cartel’s blood, and he is also the breeder of the sparkling Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) top qualifier Chazaq (pronounced HAH-zak), and fellow Heritage Place Futurity finalist and American Runaway son Accountably. 

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