Q-Racing Blog: Family Ties

A great family going strong.

Quarter Racing Journal

A great family going strong.

Exceptional producing mares shape the breed as much as leading sires. Many of these mares have produced leading sires and their families have exploded with high quality stakes horses.

One of those mares is Summertime Quickie, owned by trainer Paul Jones. She is the dam of champion and leading sire Foose ($1,616,938), as well as Restricted Grade 1-winner Flay ($116,842).

Summertime Favorite, out of Summertime Quickie, is the fastest qualifier to the $303,600 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G3) at Los Alamitos. This family is hot and is reaching an historic level that will be carried on with Foose’s exceptional sire record and the female members of this family. Dont Foose With Me, a gelding by Foose, is the seventh-fastest qualifier to the Kindergarten.

“We never put her (Summertime Favorite) in a sale,” said Jones, who now trains the filly and owns her with Thompson Racing Inc. “She was the only Favorite Cartel filly (out of Summertime Quickie) that we had at the time. We since have gained another one.”

A full sister to Flay – both are by Favorite Cartel – Summertime Favorite is undefeated in her two starts.

Summertime Favorite may be on the small side, but she is proving to be mighty. Her ability was quickly recognized.

“Jeff Pitcher (Jones’ California ranch manager) broke her and liked her,” said Jones. “When we got her at the track, everyone liked her. Her first qualifying (work) looked good and the second one looked better.”

At Los Alamitos, a 2-year-old must have two satisfactory qualifying works in the morning before they can start.

Summertime Favorite’s first race was stunning. The 300-yard maiden race was over soon after the start. She burst to the lead and then drew out to a 2 1/2-length win.

“In her first start, we didn’t know,” said Jones. “We just wanted her to have a good experience and she certainly provided that.”

In her Kindergarten trial, she showed her grit.

“She didn’t break at the start and was bumped,” said Jones. “She then smoothly ran by them and showed she can overcome adversity.”

Now it’s time for the Kindergarten and possible black type. If she comes out of the Kindergarten in good order, then she will probably race in the $1 million-est. Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) trials on June 4. She closed well in her Kindergarten trial, so she may thrive at longer distances. Her pedigree certainly indicates distance will not be an issue. She is paid into the $3 million-est. All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, so a trip to New Mexico is a longer-term possibility.

Summertime Favorite’s third dam, Summer Encounter, was a beautiful mare that was third to world champion Special Effort in the 1981 Rainbow Futurity and second in the 1982 Rainbow Derby. She qualified for the All American Futurity and produced two All American Futurity qualifiers. Certainly, she is a foundation for offspring excelling at longer distances.

Summer Encounter was bred to 1983 All American Futurity (G1) winner On A High and that mating produced Summertime High, the third dam of Summertime Favorite.

“I liked Summer Encounter and bought Summertime High at Heritage Place for $10,000. She was in foal to Royal Quick Dash,” said Jones.

The resulting filly was named Summertime Quickie. She was second in the 2001 $146,600 La Primera Del Ano Derby (G2) and earned $108,243 before being retired due to a leg injury.

“Summertime Quickie is a little gray mare. She has the bad leg, so all of her foals have been embryo transfers,” said Jones. “Pretty is as pretty does.”

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