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In the Money: Shrewd Breeding Buys (Part 2)

IntheMoney 03-SeeUSaturdayNight 15KPSee U Saturday Night, pictured with Arno Honstetter, is one of three NRHA Futurity Open finalists whose dam is a former sale horse. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek

In the last issue of the QHN Insider, In the Money took a look at the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity finalists and the mares that produced them. This time, the focus shifts to Oklahoma City and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, where there were 30 finalists in the Level 4 Open last year. Of those, three were out of mares that, at some point in their lives, were offered at public auction. Wimpys Rose, Malibu Whiz and RG Miss Starlight are all former sale horses and now dams of NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open finalists.

Wimpys Rose went through the sale ring as a yearling in the 2007 NRHA Breeders Showcase Sale. Todd Sommers and breeder Brian Blackmarr consigned the mare, who was purchased by Mary Jansma for $15,500. In August 2008, Jansma sold the mare to Heath Babineaux, who showed Wimpys Rose through 2009 and most of 2010. Susanne Hutchins bought her in November 2010 and retired the mare at the end of 2011 with $4,434 in earnings.

In 2012, Wimpys Rose produced See U Saturday Night (by Star Spangled Whiz), who split 14th place in the NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open, earning a finals check worth $16,708 for owner Story Book Stables. Wimpys Rose’s 2013 daughter, also by Star Spangled Whiz, sold for $8,000 at the 2015 NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale.

IntheMoney 02-ShinersGottaWhiz 15KPShiners Gotta Whiz, ridden by Tracer Gilson, tied for 24th in the 2015 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek

Malibu Whiz sold as a 4-year-old in the 2006 NRHA Derby Sale. Bob Santagata signed the ticket at $13,000, purchasing her from Steve Braun. The Bob Loomis Quarter Horses Inc.-bred mare dropped Shiners Gotta Whiz (by Friday Night Shiner) in 2012. Santagata sold Shiners Gotta Whiz privately in October 2015 and new owner Loren Booth watched her tie for 24th in the NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open finals, earning $10,486.

Santagata, of Campbell Hill, New York, still owns Malibu Whiz, who also produced Cashin Malibus Chex, an earner of $46,027 by Too Busy Cashin Chex, and Bingos Malibu Gal, a $7,474-earner by Itsa Bingo Greyhound. She also has a 2015 daughter by Friday Night Shiner registered with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).

IntheMoney 01-ElectroStar Stop 15KPElectro Star, pictured with Casey Hinton, was a $14,000 sale yearling in the same sale his dam, RG Miss Starlight, sold for $6,700. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek

RG Miss Starlight went through the 2013 Legacy Consignment Sale, where she sold with a Master Snapper embryo. David Hartman, DVM, consigned the 4-year-old mare who was bought by Mark Smith for $6,700. At the same sale, Hartman sold the mare’s yearling stallion, Electro Star, for $14,000 to Wendy Hausner. Casey and Kathy Hinton bought Electro Star privately and Casey rode him to tie for 14th in the NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open, picking up a $16,708 check in the finals.

Smith, of Southwest Ranche, Florida, still owns RG Miss Starlight, who has been well represented in yearlings sales. In 2012, Lights On CD (by CD Olena) sold for $9,700 at the Brightstone Ranch & Partners Sale; in 2013, in addition to Electro Star, Cromed Star (by Cromed Out Mercedes) sold for $9,500 at the NRHA/Markel Insurance Marketplace Sale and Ms CD Starlight (by CD Olena) sold for $7,250 at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Select 2-Year-Old Sale; and in 2014, the Cromed Out Mercedes daughters Cromed Out Star and Starlight Crome sold for $5,700 at the West Coast Breeders Select Sale and $2,500 at the Legacy Consignment Sale, respectively. From 13 AQHA-registered foals, six of RG Miss Starlight’s offspring have passed through sale rings for an average of $8,108.

Stay tuned for an analysis of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finalist dams in the next issue of the QHN Insider!

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