It's almost time to get back to the track! The 2021 Fall Meeting of Champions featuring American Quarter Horses and mixed breeds is set to begin on Friday, September 17 and will run through Saturday, December 18.
John and Kathy Lee, co-owners of All American Futurity champion KJ Despardo, were on their way home to their ranch in Chandler, Arizona today. That’s a long-enough drive to think about what happened this summer at the races and also time to talk about the immediate and long-term future for their new racing star. © Jake Rogers/Ruidoso Downs
G.R. Carter is set to receive the Uphill Push Award on Saturday at the Caesars Entertainment Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser at Monmouth Park Racetrack in New Jersey. The award is given annually to the single person who did the most to aid disabled former jockeys.
Hes Relentless had quite a year in 2019 as the leading first crop sire of money earners with over $2.1 million and 11 stakes winners. His stakes winners made him the #2 leading sire of stakes winners and the #3 leading sire of graded stakes winners. You might say he was relentless in his pursuit of the 2019 Leading Freshman Sire of Money Earners title.
We have learned that a structure is only as strong as the foundation on which it is built. Horsemen have learned the same thing about breeding good horses. They have come to know that they have to start with a good foundation to develop their breeding program. Breeders see that foundation in the mares on the bottom line of the bracket pedigree. We call this line of mares the tail female line and every tail female line should trace to a Taproot Mare, which is the foundation of that mare family.
Breeding through the sire line has been a long-standing tradition that is very prominent today. Last year we looked at the status of the Three Bars sire line through Corona Cartel. This year we will look at the Top Deck sire line through Mr Jess Perry. Our look back at the life of Mr Jess Perry will give us a chance to see the backstory of how he came to form this very important branch of the Top Deck sire line.