inthePast ColorMeSmart

In the Past: A Splash of Color

inthePast ColorMeSmartColor Me Smart is the No. 1 Paint sire of cutting horses. • QHN File Photo

Royally bred, Color Me Smart (PT) (Smart Little Lena x Doxs Painted Lady [PT] x Doc’s Solano) was destined to excel in the performance arena and did as the 1997 American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Cutting World Champion. But he will best be remembered for many of his offspring’s winning ways.

In 1996, Color Me Smart’s first foal crop made a big splash in the cutting industry when three horses qualified for the 25-head Derby Open finals at the 2000 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular. Chubby Turner rode two of them to the pay window, tying for fourth on JR Colord Haida Boon (PT) (out of Haidas Boons Becky x Haidas Little Pep) and fifth on JR Colord Prom (PT) (out of Senorita Summer Prom x Doc Up). Turner also trained the third Color Me Smart finalist, JR Colord Termite (PT) (out of Doc O Termite x Doc O Diamond), who was ridden to a 16th-place finish by Chris Benedict.

JR Colord Prom had already won the NCHA Super Stakes Open and the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Derby Open and went on to accumulate $150,136 in lifetime earnings. JR Colord Haida Boon later won the 2003 APHA Senior Cutting World Championship, becoming one of 23 APHA World champions sired by Color Me Smart.

An Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Sire, Color Me Smart is the only Paint stallion to surpass $3 million in offspring earnings in the cutting pen. His get record lists 260 money-earners that have won a total of $3,717,283. His leading money-earner is 1999 gelding J R Playboy By Color (PT) (out of Pampa Playgirl x Freckles Playboy), with $268,020 banked. The gelding finished fifth in the 2003 NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Open and tied for first in the 2003 South Point Winter Championship Open.

Bred by non-pro cutter Sue Stevens, of Decatur, Texas, Color Me Smart was ridden by Ascencion Banuelos and Dell Bell to an Equi-Stat record of $9,717 during his career. Stevens rode Color Me Smart’s dam, Doxs Painted Lady (PT) (Doc’s Solano x Bottoms Up [PT] x Lucky Star Mac) to earnings of $7,455. Consigned by ESMS On The Brazos, Color Me Smart sold at the 2014 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale, where the then 23-year-old stallion was purchased for $9,200 by Iconic Color LLC.

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