Pedigree Analysis: Somethin Like This

A determined stakes winner carries the banner for his California breeder.

Q-Racing Journal

A determined Somethin Like This wins the Eastex Handicap. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Sunday’s $52,700 Eastex Stakes (G2) at Remington Park in Oklahoma City was a battle royale between Eddie Willis-trained Somethin Like This and Alfredo Gomez-trained Llano Cartel. The two geldings went head-to-head through the entire 350-yard race, and it was Somethin Like This by a nose for the victory.

Bred by Double Bar S Ranch LLC of Moreno Valley, California, Somethin Like This is owned by Ed Melzer and James Sills of Edmond, Oklahoma. An earner of $120,219, he has five wins in 13 starts, and was was a finalist in Matabari’s Los Alamitos 2 Million Futurity (G1) two years ago. The partnership purchased the horse at the 2011 Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale, paying $37,000 for the yearling by Carters Cartel and is out of the First Down Dash mare Dividends Declared.

Carters Cartel is a son of Corona Cartel out of Jumping Tac Flash. Named in honor of Carter List, the son of Double Bar S co-owner Dawn List, Carters Cartel was foaled in 2005. His sire is the all-time leading living sire of racing American Quarter Horses, and his dam a champion and top producer.

Carters Cartel raced only 10 times, but his victories include the Grade 1 Kindergarten and Ed Burke Million futurities, he racked up earnings of $659,146 and he was the champion 2-year-old colt in 2007. Standing at Lazy E Ranch at Guthrie, Oklahoma, Carters Cartel has sired three crops to race. He has sired 100 winners from 160 starters (62 percent) and 10 stakes winners (6 percent). His progeny have earned more than $2.7 million, including Grade 1 winner Carters Cookie.

Dividends Declared is a 2001 daughter of all-time leading sire First Down Dash out of the great producer Easy Henryetta. Dividends Declared was a good runner – she finished second by a nose in Metallic Lion’s $337,500 Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG1) and contested two other Grade 1 races. She retired with earnings of $93,160. From nine foals, the mare has two winners from seven starters. Both of those winners are stakes winners.

Her other stakes winner is High Rate Of Return, a 2009 son of Mr Jess Perry. From eight career starts, High Rate Of Return won the Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and earned $456,010. He began his stud career last year and stands at Bob Moore Farms at Norman, Oklahoma.

Dividends Declared is one of 23 foals out of the Easy Jet mare Easy Henryetta.  This makes her a full sister to the great sire Holland Ease ($361,227), champion Four Forty Blast ($321,356), major producer Las Alamitos ($202,480) and stakes-placed Brisco County Jr ($118,225).  

Las Alamitos is the dam of Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner Ragazzo (by Shazoom, $559,500), Grade 2 winner Giorgino (by Apollo (TB), $324,367), Grade 1-placed Potenzza (by Mr Jess Perry, $107,020) and stakes winner Features Lucky Charm (by Feature Mr Jess, $42,926).

Second dam Babys Henryetta was a daughter of Lanovay, and also produced Grade 1 finalist and minor sire Le Tusk, a full brother to Easy Henryetta. Among the horses from this family is black-type machine Steel Caress, dam of stakes-placed runner Tucker Crossing (by Partnership, $12,751) and Rajetta (by Public Finance (TB)), the dam or second dam of four stakes horses, lead by RJ Shakem ($52,150). 

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