Racing Star: Streakin Sin Tacha

World Champion Streakin Sin Tacha is enjoying retirement.

Q-Racing Journal

World Champion Streakin Sin Tacha enjoying retirement. PHOTO: Courtesy Janet James

Streakin Sin Tacha is a big bay gelding who carried a lot of run and a great big heart. The sport’s co-world champion in 2002 retired in 2005. What is he up to now?

Streakin Sin Tacha was foaled on April 6, 1998, out of the Thoroughbred mare Sin Tacha. A daughter of Slew’s Royalty whose name translates to “flawless,” Sin Tacha (TB)’s dam, Marimacho, is a half sister to American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member Cherry Lake (TB), dam of champion Cash Rate ($537,803) and major runners Countin The Cash ($369,184), Flow Of Cash ($324,245) and Six Popper ($562,679). Streakin Sin Tacha, Sin Tacha’s first foal, was bred by the partnership of Steve VanBebber and R.L. Hayes.

Sire Streakin La Jolla was himself installed in the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2012, after an undefeated racing career and a sire career that included producing the earners of more than $24.9 million. He sired two champions – one being leading sire Mr Jess Perry, and the other being world champion Streakin Sin Tacha.

Sin Tacha’s influence on the track continues strong. She is, for example, the dam of Sin Tacha Perry ($115,123) and Miss Sin Tacha ($196,578), who is the dam of Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) winner Viva Mi Corazon ($601,241). Sin Tacha is also the second dam of Taylors Toastin Papa ($201,551).

Streakin Sin Tacha, as his name implies, had a pretty flawless racing career, but his introduction to the racing world on March 31, 2000, was not spectacular. The gelding was pinballed at the break of his Louisiana Breeders’ Laddie Futurity (R), forcing him to finish last in the field. That wouldn’t last long, though. He quickly broke his maiden and soon after notched his first stakes – and a track record time to boot – in the LQHBA Juvenile - Colts and Geldings Division before closing his freshman season with a placing in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile (RG2).

During his sophomore year, Streakin Sin Tacha was defeated only once in seven starts. He won the Sam Houston Derby (G2) and then the Texas Classic Derby (G1) before taking on older horses in the Championship at Sunland Park (G1), where his only defeat of the year came by three-quarters of a length to world champion A Ransom.

Then came 2002, when he notched victories in the MBNA America Texas Challenge (G1), Sam Houston Classic (G2) and MBNA America Challenge Championship (G1). He suffered a loss in the Champion of Champions (G1) after a rough trip, but returned two weeks later to claim victory in The Championship at Sunland Park (G1). For his accomplishments, he was given the championship titles of champion aged gelding, champion aged horse and world champion. Whosleavingwho, who won the Champion of Champions, was also honored as a co-world champion.

Streakin Sin Tacha went on to add another stakes win and a Grade 1 placing to his impressive resume before hanging up his racing plates for good in 2005. His record for 27 starts stood at 16-3-3, with eight stakes victories, including four Grade 1s and earnings of $692,842.

So, nine years later, what is he up to now?

Streakin Sin Tacha retired to the farm and the loving care of his owner and trainer, Janet (VanBebber) James. The gelding, who this year celebrated his 16th birthday, lives at David and Janet James’ James Ranch at Wayne, Oklahoma. The ranch stands stallions and offers other reproductive services. In addition, they provide sales prep for youngsters and lay-up care for horses of all ages. It is in this setting where the great champion enjoys retirement and his important role as a babysitter.

“His job since retiring has been to accompany the recently weaned babies when they graduate to the pasture. He usually chaperones them through their time to sales prep as yearlings,” said James. “He’s stern, yet kind, and seems to enjoy his role.”

Among the future stars that Streakin Sin Tacha may have whispered tips of the trade with is Ms First Prize Rose ($543,595), who was bred by Weetona Stanley and William Smith, sales prepped at James Ranch and is now owned by champion owners AQHA President Johnny Trotter and Burnett Ranches LLC. Last year, she won the Rainbow Futurity (G1) and qualified to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1).

With many good years left, the world champion gelding is working hard to educate a few more youngsters on how to be a racehorse.

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