KR Hi Five Wins $136,850 Wild West Futurity

The homebred gelding gives his longtime owners their first-ever futurity score.

Q-Racing Journal

KR Hi Five sprinted to a half-length victory in Sunday's Wild West Futurity. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

KR Hi Five, a homebred son of Five Bar Cartel campaigned by longtime owners Sally Kidd and her son, Dave Kidd, rallied to win Sunday's $136,850 Wild West Futurity at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Jose Nicasio, KR Hi Five went 350 yards in :17.601, and his margin of victory was a half of a length from Arizona Favorite. Jaime Gomez prepped the gray gelding, who banked $57,477 while extending his current win streak to three races.

The Kidds have been involved in Quarter Horse racing for more than 42 years, and KR Hi Five gave them their first-ever futurity win.

David Kidd and his mother, Sally Kidd,
pose in the winner's circle after
Sunday's Wild West Futurity. PHOTO:
Los Alamitos Racecourse

“We won the Lubbock Stakes (at Zia Park with KR Dragonfly in 2011), but never a futurity," said Dave Kidd. "We’ve been in this game since 1976. We’re still here because my mom keeps wanting to breed mares and loving to breed mares. Another person would have quit, but my mom wouldn’t. Now, here we are and we are so happy. We’ve knocked on the door for a long time, but tonight was it.”

Raising horses has been a tradition for the Kidd family for more than a century said Dave’s wife, Alayna Kidd.

“For (over 100) years their family has been breeding horses in Wyoming,” she added.

KR Hi Five was bred in Colorado by the Kidds, residents of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The gelding is out of I Bee Phia, a homebred 14-year-old daughter of Mr Eye Opener who ran second in the 2006 Cherry Creek Futurity (RG3) at Arapahoe Park near Denver.  

“She had tough (luck)," said David Kidd of I Bee Phia, who earned $20,544 from just four races. "She injured her knee. She was the closest we came to a futurity win. Now she’s got a baby that’s won the Wild West.”

Raced in California and Utah, KR Hi Five has won four of seven starts and has earned $72,136. The gelding was a finalist in the May 19 Hadley/Giles Memorial Futurity at Weber Downs, and the August 18 John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge Stakes.

Mister FDD, CM Whatta About Me, Y Paint Linda, Ladys A Cartel, Staubauch, Jodee B Valiant, Justaczech and Jess Send It completed the order of finish.

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