Q-Racing Blog: One More Time 123

Another win for a big small breeder.

Celebrating another win for a big small breeder.

Any time you see 123 at the end of a horse’s name, you know that horse hails from the Bay breeding program in the middle of Michigan.

Operated by Carolyn and the late Walter Bay, it was called T-Bill Stables (named after their first horse), and now the horses are bred and owned by Carolyn Bay, who turned 80 in January. Her passion for horses is infectious. The beneficiaries of that passion are her horses.

Located about 100 miles north of Lansing in Clare County, her operation produces three or four foals per year. Though small, it demands national attention.

Carolyn’s headliner is the 2011 world champion Cold Cash 123. Now there is his half-brother, Tough Dynasty 123, winner of the $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile on July 23 in his second career start. They are each out of the Takin On The Cash daughter Hot Cash 123.

Cold Cash 123 won three 440-yard races as a 2-year-old – the Grade 1, $200,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship; the $150,000 All American Juvenile; and his All American Futurity trial. There are not many horses that have performed that feat.

Cold Cash 123 earned $1,409,781 and won seven Grade 1 stakes at five different tracks, mostly under the tutelage of trainer Sleepy Gilbreath. They include the Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs, the Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star Park, the Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park, The Championship at Sunland Park (in an amazing :18.73 for 400 yards and the chart states no wind) and the Go Man Go at Los Alamitos. At Los Alamitos, the gelding resided in the Denny Ekins barn.

The early career performances of Cold Cash 123 and Tough Dynasty 123 are similar.

Cold Cash 123 found the winner’s circle in his third career start and his first start at 440 yards, his All American Futurity trial in August of his 2-year-old season. He returned in the 440-yard All American Juvenile and destroyed the field by 2 lengths. The Oak Tree Special son closed out his 2-year-old season with his win in the 440-yard Southwest Juvenile.

Tough Dynasty 123, called “Toughie,” has only made two starts. The Gilbreath-trained gelding debuted in his Rainbow Futurity trial and was out-nodded for the win. In the first second-day trial, winner A Secret Dawn was timed in :19.991 and Tough Dynasty 123 was clocked in :20.000.

In the Rainbow Juvenile, the son of FDD Dynasty showed why he was named Tough Dynasty 123 and has been called Toughie for most of his life. Like his brother, Tough Dynasty 123 does not have a bullet start. The Jose Montoya-ridden gelding started from the fifth post position slightly behind the rivals next to him. He then, with urging from Montoya, stayed in contention and, without urging, moved between horses and pulled out to the convincing one-half-length win. He was not touched for the final seven strides.

“I said ‘Holy cow’ when he went between horses,” Carolyn said.

“His name is Toughie and he is tough. He has a mind of his own. He says, ‘I’m going to do this.’ His attitude is dominant.

“He is definitely the alpha male. He always wanted to be the first to eat, the first to go into a stall and the first in the trailer. But, he is not mean.

“ ‘Cold Cash’ is a milder horse. He will put his head in your chest and you can hug him. Right now, you can get on him and walk and jog him. He is the epitome of a horse – kind and gentle. He enjoys his relaxation.”

Cold Cash 123 resides in a round paddock at the center of the Bay operation.

“I’m 80 years old and wanted to run one more horse,” she said. “We had three foals the year Toughie was born. We took them to Marty Powers in Oklahoma when they were yearlings and decided to sell the other two.”

The Bay breeding program is based on three mares purchased from Dr. Walt Conley, a legendary Michigan veterinarian and breeder. He wanted to send his horses to good homes. He hit the jackpot with the Bays.

Hot Cash 123 is out of To Hot To Hug, a daughter of Six Fols purchased from Dr. Conley.

“He would be so proud of these horses,” she said of Dr. Conley.

The Bays always wanted to honor Dr. Conley by improving his breeding and selecting leading sires for their mares. She owns a share in FDD Dynasty and thought that if Tough Dynasty 123 could run, it would help her investment in FDD Dynasty.

In addition to the astute Bay breeding program that emphasizes horses that are strong and run longer distances, the Bay horses are raised to be racehorses.

“We let them run out and get bone density,” she said. “They are basically out with cover in winter and summer. They are well cared for, but allowed to do their own thing.”

It is consistently below freezing during the winter in central Michigan and the Bay horses are well maintained, however not kept hog fat, spending day after day confined in a stall and getting their only exercise on a walker.

“I want them to be comfortable with other horses and by themselves,” Carolyn said.

They are all handled, so they are respectful when they are led, having their feet trimmed or loaded and traveling in a trailer.

The next stop for Tough Dynasty 123 is the All American Futurity trials.

“We just hope for the best,” Carolyn said. “He’s sound, has excellent feet and good bone. Cold Cash wasn’t as bold as Toughie.

“It’s a risky game, but we all like it to be in it.”

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