Pedigree Analysis: Kwik Version

This runner's blood comes from all over the map.

Q-Racing Journal

Kwik Version wins the Alabama Futurity with ease.

On Saturday in Louisiana, Alabama-bred gelding Kwik Version zipped to a daylight win on the evening card, taking the $59,535 Alabama Futurity (R) at Delta Downs by 1 1/2 lengths.

The race was his second win in three starts, and the third win in the stakes from the past five years for owner-trainer Kenneth Weeks.

Kwik Version was bred by Tia Boehm’s Legacy Ranch of Saint Anthony, North Dakota, and is by Winners Version out of the Its Royal Time mare Crazy Kwik Chick. His pedigree provides contributions from all over the United States.

Texas-bred Winners Version is an 8-year-old son of Holland Ease out of the Runaway Winner mare The Jubilee Diamond. Bred by AQHA Past President Jerry Windham, he is a full brother to Latest Version ($188,381) and Texas Version ($128,230).

Winning five of 17 career starts, with four additional placings, the stallion earned $399,046. Raced by A&C Racing and Roping, he was mind-bogglingly consistent as a 2-year-old. He made 10 starts as a freshman, and every single one of them was in the trials or finals of a Grade 1 futurity, including the Ruidoso, Rainbow, All American, Golden State Million and Los Alamitos Two Million. His best placing in those was a fourth-place finish in the Golden State final. He would come back at 3 to qualify to the Rainbow Derby (G1), and would win the Hobbs America Derby (G3).

From two crops to race, Winners Version has sired the earners of more than $695,000, and 36 winners from 72 starters. They include New Mexico-bred Restricted Grade 2 winner Winning Merlot ($104,994). Winners Version stands at South Valley Veterinary Clinic at South Jordan, Utah.

Now Kwik Version’s dam side? Well…it’s a long line of “Crazy”.

Kwik Version is the second foal out of Crazy Kwik Chick is the North Dakota-bred daughter of the Chicks Beduino stallion Its Royal Time, whom we profiled back in May. The 2006 mare made six career starts, with her best effort coming as a second-place finish in the Manitoba Speed Horse Futurity. She earned $6,317 in her career.

Crazy Kwik Chick’s dam is Crazy Katie, a 1995 daughter of Dash Rate. She won the Dakota Territories Futurity (R), and won or placed in 10 of 13 races with earnings of $13,161. For owner Mary Leingang, Crazy Katie has produced a bunch of “crazy” runners – five winners from six starters (all of whose names start with ‘crazy’).

They include full sibling stakes winners Crazy Kaycee (by No Brakes Now, $8,404) and Crazy Kali ($8,468), as well as Crazy Kwik Chick.

Of course, Crazy Katie is merely a product of her raisin’, that being done by her mama Crazy Daisy. This mare, a daughter of Shawne Bug, placed in five of nine starts.

She produced five winners from seven starters, with the best of them being Smoke N Sparks (by Dash For Perks, $96,101), who won the 1994 Kansas Futurity (G1) over Sweet Bye And Bye (the eventual dam of Dashin Bye and Sweet First Down), and also lit the board in the Remington Park Futurity (G1).

The horse world is a small place, which was reinforced to me while researching the fourth dam. Crazy Daisy is out of the Savannah Jr mare Savannah Lynn, who was bred in South Texas by Alison Sykes.

Savannah Lynn is a half sister to stakes winner Milady Lynn and stakes-placed runner Ida Red Raffles, a family of runners bred by the Sykes Ranch. I realized I recognized these horses' names, as I'd seen them only a few weeks ago in a rather unlikely place. One of the boarders at the barn where I keep my horses is Steve Sykes, son of the late Bobby Sykes, and it's common for us to talk racehorses during evening chores. One Saturday morning a few weeks ago, Steve brought to the barn a binder filled with win photos of his family's homebred horses. We flipped through them and reminisced about none other than this family, who won a bunch for the Sykes. 

Savannah Lynn is also the dam of Nebraska stakes winner Savannah Joyce (by Randis Joy (TB), $17,383).

Also coming from this family is stakes winners Micha Beth ($53,227), Memories Formicha ($48,163) and JRC Callas First ($36,554).

It's a small world... yet from Louisiana to North Dakota and Texas to Utah, it took a country’s worth of good blood to make one fast Alabama-bred runner.

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