2014 AQHA Racing Champions

JRC Callas First is the 2014 racing world champion.

Q-Racing Journal

JRC Callas First won six stakes in 2014, including two Grade 1 races.

American Quarter Horse Association, January 21, 2015 – Texas star JRC Callas First was the brightest light of the year in 2014, and was named the 2014 World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse after a season that included eight wins from 10 starts, two Grade 1 victories and six total stakes wins.

JRC Callas First is owned by Dana and Brian Stroud of Sutherland Springs, Texas, and also is the year’s champion aged gelding and champion aged horse. The 2010 son of Winners Award out of the Dirty Coup mare Calla Missy Jane campaigned in Texas and New Mexico. He won at distances ranging from 350 to 550 yards, including the Refrigerator Handicap (G1), Zia Park Championship (G1), B.F. Phillips Jr. Handicap (RG3), Harris Co. 550 Stakes, Tower of the Americas Handicap and TQHA 550 Stakes (R), and earned $216,530 in the year. Trained by Brian Stroud and ridden by Damian Martinez, JRC Callas First was bred in Texas by J.R. Cass of Gause, Texas.

Utah resident Darian Burt’s homebred Jesscuzican is the champion aged stallion. Foaled in 2009, Jesscuzican (Feature Mr Jess-Covenant Confirmer by Stoli) in 2014 won two of eight starts and placed in four more while earning $108,064. He was victorious in the Bank of America Sunland Championship Challenge (G2) and ran second in the All American Gold Cup (G1), Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G3) and Higheasterjet Handicap (G3). Jesscuzican was trained during the year by Jason Giles, Wesley Giles and Kasey Willis. He was ridden by Esgar Ramirez, Jorge Bourdieu, Cesar Gomez, Michael Ybarra and Larry Gamez.

The 2010 mare Significant Heart is the champion aged mare. Owned by Abigail Kawananakoa, the mare won three of seven starts, with two thirds, and earned $118,790. Her three stakes wins during the year include the Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1), Miss Princess Handicap (G3) and Las Damas Handicap (G3). Bred by La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC, Significant Heart is by leading sire Corona Cartel and out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess Significant. Through the year, she was trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Cesar De Alba, Eduardo Nicasio, Cody Jensen and Ramon Sanchez.

2-Year-Olds
With a season as brilliant as his fiery copper coat, Kiss My Hocks is the champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old colt. Bred by the Elgin, Texas-based partnership of Tyler Graham and John Mayers, and raced by Graham in partnership with Conda Maze, Kiss My Hocks blazed through a 6-for-7 season that included victories in the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and Sam Houston Futurity (G2), with his only defeat coming in a neck loss in the Rainbow Futurity (G1). He earned $692,380 in the year, and also set a 330-yard track record at Sam Houston. Kiss My Hocks is by Tempting Dash and out of the Tres Seis mare Romancing Mary. Trained by Toby Keeton, Kiss My Hocks was ridden by Cody Jensen and Luis Vivanco.

The champion 2-year-old filly is the Walk Thru Fire filly Jess Walking Thru. Showing consistency in her eight starts, Jess Walking Thru dashed to a win in the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) and was third in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) while earning $411,334. Her record was 8-3-0-2 while competing at four different tracks in Texas, New Mexico and California. She is owned by Gary and Linda Gordon and Ross Roark of Roanoke, Texas, and was bred by Lance Robinson and Max Anderson of Spanish Fork, Utah. She was trained by Mike Robbins and ridden by Jose Alvarez. Sired by Walk Thru Fire, she is out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess Sass Me.

Another brilliant performer during the year, Heza Dasha Fire fell a length short of the Los Alamitos Bonanza, but is the champion 2-year-old gelding. Bred and raced by S-Quarter K LLC of Kennewick, Washington, Heza Dasha Fire won six of seven starts and earned $962,956. He eclipsed the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) and Golden State Million Futurity (G1) with dazzling efforts before finishing fourth in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1). Also sired by Walk Thru Fire, Heza Dasha Fire is out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Dasha Freda. He was saddled by trainers Jose Flores and Lindolfo Diaz, and ridden throughout the year by Cruz Mendez.

3-Year-Olds
Moonist
was the winningest American Quarter Horse of 2014, and he is also the champion 3-year-old and champion 3-year-old gelding. Raced by Ronald Hartley of Canyon Lake, California, and racing exclusively at Los Alamitos, Moonist clipped off four derby wins at the Southern California track. They include the Golden State Derby (G1), El Primero Del Ano Derby (G3), PCQHRA Breeders Derby and Governor’s Cup Derby (RG3). His only loss from his 10 starts was a fourth-place finish in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1). Trained by John Cooper and ridden by Cesar De Alba, Moonist earned $357,358 in the year. He was bred by Vessels Stallion Farm LLC of Bonsall, California, and is by Separatist and out of champion Your First Moon, a daughter of First Down Dash.

The champion 3-year-old colt is Hes Relentless, who was never worse than third in eight starts during his championship year. Racing for a partnership of Tom and William Maher, R.D. Hubbard and Johnny Cope, the sophomore colt’s race record was 8-4-2-2 with earnings of $295,100. They included a win in the Hobbs America Derby (G3), a third in the Rainbow Derby (G1), a second in The Championship at Sunland Park (G1) and a third in the Zia Park Championship (G1) against older horses. Trained by Jason Olmstead, he was ridden by Cody Jensen and Cody Rodger Smith. Bred in Missouri by Sunflower Supply Co. of Galena, Kansas, he is by One Famous Eagle and out of the Strawfly Special mare This Dreams Flying.

Bobby Simmons’ Foxy Moonflash had a 5-for-7 year and is the champion 3-year-old filly. Simmons of Midland, Texas, bought her as a yearling. She was bred by Dosi and Norma Alvarez of Anthony, New Mexico, and is by First Moonflash and out of the Rabbits Rainbow mare Diamonds N Rainbows. Racing in Oklahoma and New Mexico, she won the New Mexico Fillies and Mares Championship (RG1), Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG2) and New Mexico Classic Derby (RG2), and was second in the Zia Derby (RG2). With a record of 7-5-2-0, she earned $278,231 in the year. Foxy Moonflash was trained by C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath and ridden by G.R. Carter Jr., Cody Jensen and Tanner Thedford.

Distance and International
Bearing a celebratory name and a fast turn of foot, Wahoo sprinted to the championship for distance horses. A second-generation runner for breeder Bobby D. Cox of Fort Worth, Texas, the 2009 gelding won three of six starts, with one second and one third, to earn his title. Wahoo was trained by John Buchanan and ridden by Russell Hadley. During the year, he won the Red Cell Remington Distance Challenge (G3), Pauls Valley Handicap (G3) and Master Salls Handicap, and was second in the Remington Park Distance Championship (G3). He earned $84,118 in the year. Bred in Texas, Wahoo is by Feature Mr Jess and out of the First Down Dash mare First To Celebrate.

Winning stakes in two hemispheres in 2014, Jake Gold BR is the South American champion. The 2010 gray stallion won the Bank of America South America Championship Challenge at the Jockey Club of Sorocaba, which earned him his championship title, but he wasn’t done yet – he came to the United States, where he represented his homeland in the Bank of America Challenge Championships (G1), then won the Christmas Invitational Handicap. With a race record of 5-3-0-0, he earned $81,158. Bred in Brazil by the late Gianni Franco Samaja, Jake Gold BR is owned by Clodoaldo Miranda. The stallion was trained by M. Arteman and ridden by M. Praxedes in Brazil, and trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Oscar Peinado, Omar Reyes and Cesar De Alba in the United States. Jake Gold BR is by Gold Medal Jess and out of the Blazen Bryan mare Charlotte Bryan, herself a half-sister to two-time U.S. champion Good Reason SA.

Mexican champion PB El Cirujano won five of eight starts, including two stakes, was once second and third twice on his way to his year-end championship. Racing exclusively at the Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City for owner Luis Miguel Albores Gleason of Miami, the 2012 colt won the Subasa Selecta Futurity (RG3) and Criadores Mexicanos Futurity (R), and finished third in the Mexico Futurity (R) and Garanones Futurity (RG3). He earned $158,975 in the year. PB El Cirujano was trained by Everardo Flores and Simon Hernandez, and ridden by Moises Gonzalez and J D Marquez. Bred in Mexico by Oscar Leos of El Paso, Texas, PB El Cirujano is by Jess Call Me Doc and out of the Splash Bac mare Quick Bac.

Ontario-bred Streakinshagginwagon is the Canadian champion. The 2011 gelding by PYC Paint Your Wagon raced for GFR Equine Services of Pontypool, Ontario. During the year, he raced exclusively at Ajax Downs, where he won five of seven starts, with one third place and earnings of $53,613. His victories include the Picov Derby. Streakinshagginwagon was seasoned by Jason Pascoe and ridden through the year by Mike Holmes, Tony Phillips and Ed Walton. Bred by M.C. and Cendy Stucks of Edmond, Oklahoma, he is out of the Streakin La Jolla mare La Jollas Fortune.

Horsemen
Leading the breeder categories by both wins and money earned in the year, Dr. Edward Allred earned his 10th nod as the sport’s champion breeder. The resident of Cypress, California, last year saw horses he bred win at an 18 percent clip and earn more than $3.7 million. They include Grade 1 winners He Looks Hot and Quirky, and Restricted Grade 1 winner Once Over. The all-time leading breeder by money earned and a member of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, Dr. Allred earned his first championship in 1992, and in 1996 shared the honor with Spencer Childers.

With only three horses in their stable, Tyler Graham and Conda Maze are the sport’s champion owners. Their horses made a combined 15 starts and eight wins, and earned more than $1.1 million. They raced champion Kiss My Hocks and Grade 1 winner Lovethewayyoulie.

Paul Jones’ stranglehold on the Blane Schvaneveldt Champion Trainer award continued in 2014, as he earns his 13th consecutive nod. With the win, he overtakes the award’s namesake, who earned it 12 times. Jones led trainers by money earned during the year, sending out runners, including champions Significant Heart and Jake Gold BR, who earned $3,313,455. His other graded stakes winners include BF Farm Boss, Native Tea Rose and New Look.

Jockey Cody Jensen is as tough as they come, and to prove it, he earned his second consecutive honor as champion jockey. The rider, who has already overcome numerous injuries in past years, this year rode champion Hes Relentless to a stakes victory, despite a freshly broken collarbone. He also piloted Houdini, Lovethewayyoulie, Kiss My Hocks and Viva Mi Corazon to Grade 1 victories. His 305 mounts won 52 starts and earned $2,879,190 during the year. Jensen was also the recipient of the 2014 Sam Thompson Memorial Award, an honor given to a jockey by his peers who feel his personal character and behavior on and off the racetrack reflect positively on the sport.

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