Buying a young horse can be taking a big chance on just how that horse will perform in the future. Constance Jaeggi, owner of J Five Horse Management, took a $300,000 chance on a filly named Ichis My Choice at the 2014 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale.
That chance has paid off as Jaeggi and Ichis My Choice just won the Derby Non-Pro Championship at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Core Balance Derby and Classic/Challenge. This title goes along with the Breeder’s Invitational Derby Open Championship the mare won with Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Grant Setnicka in the saddle. The mare and Setnicka also took the NCHA Super Stakes Open Reserve Championship earlier this year. Midway through her 4-year-old year, Ichis My Choice already has an Equi-Stat record of more than $200,000.
When Jaeggi bought Ichis My Choice, the young rider had just won the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship with Saguaro Ichi, who was then named the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year. Saguaro Ichi and Ichis My Choice were both bred by EE Ranches Inc., of Whitesboro, Texas, and are sired by Cat Ichi ($306,191).
EE Ranches’ homebred Cat Ichi won the 2004 NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Open with resident trainer Guy Woods. Cat Ichi is by High Brow Cat, the all-time leading sire of cutting horses. His sire is High Brow Hickory (Doc’s Hickory x Grulla San x Leo San Hank). His dam is Smart Little Kitty (Smart Little Lena x Doc’s Kitty x Doc Bar).
The dam of Cat Ichi is EE Ranches’ foundation mare Laney Doc. She was, at one time, owned by Fares Ranch and ridden by Bill Riddle to earnings of $245,310 and titles such as the NCHA Derby Open Reserve Championship. Laney Doc is by Doc Quixote (Doc Bar x Magnolia Gal x Bull’s Eye) and out of Christmas Four (Christmas Star x Miss Miller 4 x Ike Rude).
Christmas Four was ridden by Matlock Rose to the 1965 NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Championship.
Laney Doc was purchased in 1988 by EE Ranches, where she went on to become a great broodmare. Her Equi-Stat offspring record of $1,533,117 makes her the fifth-leading dam in cutting. She has produced 18 money-winners, with seven of them earning more than $100,000, including Cat Ichi. The others are: Four Acres ($259,032); Laker Doc ($183,323); Meradas Dee Jay ($159,860); Goran ($142,576); Laney Rey Too ($142,462); and Kodo ($101,925).
The dam of Ichis My Choice is My Little Abra, a 2004 mare bred by Pat Forman, of Jacksboro, Texas. Her Equi-Stat record shows earnings of $65,105. Her big paycheck came at the 2008 Abilene Spectacular, where she was the 4-Year-Old Open Reserve Champion with Boyd Rice riding. During her show career, she was owned by Carl and Shawnea Smith and then Lara Landers. Carl Smith and Landers both won money on her while they owned her. She was sold to EE Ranches, where she became a broodmare in 2012. Ichis My Choice is her first foal. In 2015, EE Ranches sold My Little Abra to Fults Ranch, the home of Metallic Cat.
The sire of My Little Abra is Abrakadabracre ($106,978), an NCHA Futurity Limited Open Champion and American Quarter Horse Association Junior Cutting World Champion. Abrakadabracre is by two-time NCHA World Champion Bob Acre Doc (Son Ofa Doc x Sapp’s Sandy x Sapp Head) and out of Willy’s Tivio Babe (Doc N Willy x Jodel Tivio x Tivio Bar). This mare was an AQHA Cutting Reserve World Champion and has an Equi-Stat record of $114,658. Abrakadabracre is an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire with a limited number of foals. His foals include Sweet Abra ($120,153) and Kadabra Jess ($67,518).
The dam of My Little Abra is The Better Choice, an unshown mare by SR Instant Choice (Doc’s Hickory x Stylish Lynx x Doc’s Lynx) and out of Higher The Better (High Brow Hickory x Bonnie Tari x Doc Tari). The Better Choice is the dam of five money-earners that have accumulated $188,164. Her leading money-winner is Sweet Abra, who is also the leading money-earner sired by Abrakadabracre. This makes My Little Abra and Sweet Abra full sisters.
An added note: As a broodmare sire, Abrakadabracre has just 11 money-earners with earnings of $706,745, according to Equi-Stat, topped by Ichis My Choice. The second-leading money-winner in this group is Sweet Metallic ($156,492). Sweet Metallic is out of Sweet Abra. Sweet Abra is responsible for producing nine of the 11 money-earners on Abrakadabracre’s maternal grandsire record. Her other foals on this list include: Metallic Rebel ($130,002); Magic Metallic ($100,057); Magistic Moon ($79,166); Magic Metalman ($30,789); Metallilac ($10,787) and Sweet Mystic Metal ($5,996); – all of which are by Metallic Cat – Heftty ($13,902, by Sophisticated Catt); and Abra Cat ($31,466, by High Brow Cat).
If the second half of the year is as productive as the first half, Ichis My Choice will remain a strong candidate in the NCHA Open Horse of the Year race. And that makes Ichis My Choice a good investment in anybody’s book.
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