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Coast-to-coast success for breeder Bobby D. Cox

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Longtime breeder Bobby D. Cox is having a banner year thus far.

Superb Start to the Year for the Texas Horseman
By Martha Claussen

What a year for Texas breeder Bobby D. Cox!

His graded stakes winners are spanning the country this year with Duponte winning the $1,083,480 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park as well as the $278,000 Harrah's Futurity at Louisiana Downs. He also bred Marfilous, a gray filly by Ivory James who is the fastest qualifier to the  $271,950 Firecracker Futurity (G2) at Delta Downs.

This Sunday, Cox may stamp another footprint on the $1,1 million Ed Burke Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos as he bred fastest qualifier, Chazaq.

Followers of the Quarter Horse industry would hardly be surprised at the success this year of the noted Texas breeder.  He has been honored by the AQHA as champion breeder and owner twice and is ranked third, behind Ed Allred and Vessels Stallion Farm on the AQHA all-time leading breeders.  He leads the division this year with 72 wins and $1.3 million in purses.

 Bobby D. Cox

Duponte, who is owned by Kristin Paredes, is a son of American Runaway out of the Ivory James mare Havanah Goodtime. The mare was owned by Cox and made just one career start, winning her debut on May 13, 2012 for trainer John Buchanan. 

"She had foot issues, and could never race again, but it's no surprise that she produced such a great futurity champion," said Amanda Buchanan-Hadley. "She is a flashy, big, beautiful mare with a big heart."

Duponte currently stands as the top money earning Quarter Horse in North America with $578,519 banked this year.  Stallions on the 2,200 acre Cox Ranch near Weatherford. include American Runaway, Brimmerton, Ivory James. Bigtime Favorite, Dominyun and Jumpn.

So, with one seven-figure futurity winner already in the books for 2016,, can Cox add a second million dollar championship with Chazaq in Sunday's Ed Burke? Chazaq is by Corona Cartel and out of 2004 Ruidoso Futurity winner All About Ease.  The talented gelding has already tested deep competition, running second in the $428,000 Kindergarten Futurity on May 15.

Cox is a successful businessman and highly respected in the racing and breeding world.  He is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and has served as director and is a member of the Texas Quarter Horse Association. Cox was named Owner of the Year in 2004 by the American Quarter Horse Association and was inducted in 2008 into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame. At its recent annual awards ceremony, Cox was also named as the Texas Quarter Horse Association 2010 Accredited Texas Breeder of the Year for 2009 ;a year where he was a national top five breeder with seven stakes wins.

So far, 2016 looks like it could match or even surpass the banner summer of 2004. In June, Cox’s All About Ease won the Ruidoso Futurity. In July of 2004, Cox's Brimmerton won the Rainbow Derby and followed it up by winning the prestigious All American Derby in Ruidoso, New Mexico in September of 2004.

Despite his success in business and breeding, Cox remains one of the most humble and gracious people you will ever meet. We wish him continued success in 2016!

Big Payday and Shot at Cash Bonanza in Sunday's $1.1-Million Ed Burke Futurity
By Jennifer Hancock

On June 5, 13 trial races were contested at Los Alamitos with 123 juveniles vying for their opportunity to stay alive in the $1 million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza. Now only 10-horse have the opportunity to capture the 350-yard, $1,100,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity.

The Ed Burke winner will earn $449,400 and will also become eligible to win the $1 million Cash Bonanza by also winning the Golden State Million Futurity and the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. It’s a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza program debuted in 1998.

Dutch Masters III's Chazaq is the fastest
qualifier to Sunday's Ed Burke Million
Futurity at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott

The horse that looks tough to beat in the finals is fastest-qualifier and Kindergarten Futurity runner-up Chazaq. Trained by Jaime Gomez, who has always been a master at preparing 2-year-olds, and racing for owners Denny Boer and Dr. James Streelman of Dutch Masters III, the Corona Cartel gelding dominated his trial with a 1 3/4 length victory. When looking for freshmen winners, breeding can be a great indicator. Bred in Texas by two-time AQHA Champion Breeder Bobby Cox, Chazaq is out of the First Down Dash mare All About Ease, who won the 2004 Ruidoso Futurity.

In the final trial, Fawna Knight’s Worth Doing, veered out at the start but secured the final spot in the finals after leading start-to-finish. Trained by Mark Skeen, Worth Doing owns one of the meet’s most impressive wins by a 2-year-old when breaking his maiden by 2 3/4 lengths on April 22. The gelding by Walk Thru Fire is one of two horses qualified by Tony Guymon.

Second-fastest qualifier Lotta Blues Man, who is by Favorite Cartel, is a half-brother of Tres Friends, who won the $1.152 million Texas Classic Futurity and the $1 million Rainbow Futurity last year. The gelding’s dam, Lotta Love For Robyn, ran fourth in the 2011 All American Futurity. Lotta Blues Man is one of two horses qualified by jockey Cody Jensen.

The lone filly in the field, Heartbeat, is the eighth-fastest qualifier. By Tres Seis and out of the Dash For Cash mare Fearless Freda, who was named an AQHA Dam of Distinction in 2013, Heartbeat is a Kentucky homebred racing for Gentry Farms , trained by Juan Aleman and ridden by Eduardo Nicasio. A half-sister to 2005 champion aged stallion Fredricksburg and 2012 champion aged mare Fredaville, Heartbeat is also a half-sister of 2004 Ed Burke Futurity finalist Dasha Freda, who is the dam of champions Heza Dasha Fire and Ima Fearless Hero.

Good luck at the windows and happy Father’s Day to all the great sires – both two- and four legged!

Wrangler Racing Ace Jennifer Hancock's Top Four Selections: Chazaq, Worth Doing, Lotta Blues Man, Heartbeat

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