Game On Smooth has shown consistency in his young career for owner Mike Schraeder and trainer T. J. Good. Schraeder and the horse made the finals of the Limited Non-Pro at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity; Good and Game On Smooth made the 4-Year-Old Open finals at the Abilene Spectacular.
When Game On Smooth entered the herd Feb. 23 in the finals of the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Futurity Open, he marked an impressive 226.5, giving the gelding his first aged-event title. He also earned the Gelding and Novice Open championships with Good in the saddle. The Arbuckle Mountain Futurity wins brought Game On Smooth’s total earnings to more than $52,000.
Schraeder bought Game On Smooth from breeder Tommy Manion Inc. in May of his 3-year-old year. He is sired by 2005 NCHA Horse of the Year Smooth As A Cat, who has an Equi-Stat record of $500,038. The Equi-Stat Elite $20 Million Sire includes among his get two NCHA Open Horses of the Year: LHR Smooth Jamie May in 2010 and Smooth Talkin Style in 2015.
Smooth As A Cat is by High Brow Cat, who is No. 5 on the Equi-Stat Lifetime Cutting Paternal Grandsires chart with sons that have sired earners of more than $62 million. The leading money-winner on this list is Smooth Asa Zee ($607,024), by Smooth As A Cat. The power of this sire line through High Brow Cat and Smooth As A Cat flows back through High Brow Hickory, the sire of High Brow Cat. He is No. 4 on the paternal grandsires list, and his sire, Doc’s Hickory, is No. 12. Doc Bar, the sire of Doc’s Hickory, is the No. 1 paternal grandsire with more than $113 million.
Shes Pretty Smooth ($75,526), the dam of Smooth As A Cat, was the 1994 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Champion and 1995 Augusta Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Champion when shown by Tommy Manion. She is the dam of 26 money-earners that have earned more $1.2 million, including TM Quiver ($155,480) and Miss Meow ($154,404), a full sister to Smooth As A Cat.
The sire of Shes Pretty Smooth is Wheeling Peppy (Peppy San Badger x Wheeling Princess x Rey Jay). Wheeling Peppy’s offspring have earned more than $850,000 and include Miss Jamaica Peppy ($102,922) and Docs Bar Pep ($99,962).
Wheeling Peppy is a versatile sire, with 41 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) point-earners recording 1,601 points in team penning, heading, heeling, reining and cutting. His leading point-earner is Cree Peppy, an AQHA Amateur Heeling World Champion. He earned 783.5 amateur points with superiors in reining, heading and heeling.
Wheeling Peppy is the maternal grandsire of horses with Equi-Stat records of $1.5 million. His maternal grandget show the same versatility, with show records in cutting, reining, reined cow horse, team roping, ranch riding, pleasure and sorting. His maternal grandsire chart is topped by Smooth As A Cat, TM Quiver, Miss Meow and Blissful, all of which are out of Shes Pretty Smooth.
Shes Pretty Smooth is out of Smooth Hickory ($4,220), who produced three money-earners including Smooth Ginny ($3,268). Smooth Hickory is sired by Doc’s Hickory and out of Smooth Rosita (Smooth Herman x Rosita Sandy x Sandy Harper).
The second appearance of Doc’s Hickory in the pedigree of Smooth As A Cat gives us a breeding pattern of 4 x 4 to this great stallion. The power of the Doc Bar sire line through Doc’s Hickory is reflected in the maternal line. Doc’s Hickory is the fifth-leading all-time maternal grandsire of cutting horses with $26.7 million in earnings. His maternal grandsire chart is headed by Meradas Little Sue ($730,552).
The dam of Game On Smooth is Ricochet Slik Chick, an unshown mare bred by David Kerr and owned by Clayton and Ruth Thompson. She is the dam of five registered foals, with Game On Smooth being her only performer to date.
Ricochet Slik Chick is by Smart Lil Ricochet (Smart Little Lena x Moria Sugar x Son O Sugar). Smart Lil Ricochet had a limited show career due to an injury. The Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Sire’s leading money-winner is Im Countin Checks ($514,757).
The dam of Ricochet Slik Chick is another unshown mare named Playboys Slik Chick, by Freckles Playboy. Playboys Slik Chick is the dam of only two money-earners, according to Equi-Stat, including Playboys Slik Lena ($30,420).
Playboys Slik Chick is out of Doc’s Slik Chick, by Doc Bar. She is unshown, as well. Doc’s Slik Chick is the dam of four money-winners, including Docs Benito San ($24,979).
The mating of Smooth As A Cat with the Smart Lil Ricochet mare Ricochet Slik Chick is a nick that is the third leading “magic cross” for Smooth As A Cat. The Dec. 15, 2016, issue of Quarter Horse News reported this cross was responsible for earners of $811,641, with average earnings of $33,818 from 24 performers. This cross has also produced LHR Smooth Jamie May ($259,492), Smart Frosty Cat ($177,356), Boozin Susan ($154,314) and Chet Smooth ($145,090).
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