In the Blood: Sanjo Playn Jacks

Sanjo Playn Jacks & Craig Thompson, pictured at the West Texas Futurity • Photo by Suzanne Sylvester

Craig Thompson, an Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider, and Sanjo Playn Jacks scored a 221.5 to win the West Texas Futurity 3-Year-Old Open. The win was worth $13,500 for owner Barnwell Ramsey, of Huntersville, North Carolina.

Barnwell, a cutter with Non-Pro and Amateur earnings of more than $144,000, and Thompson are no strangers to the “In the Blood” column. They made their first appearance earlier this year with Reyzurbetsonthiscat after winning The Ike Derby Open. Thompson and Reyzurbetsonthiscat were Reserve in the Derby Open at the West Texas Futurity the day before the win with Sanjo Playn Jacks.

The difference this time is that Sanjo Playn Jacks (Cats Quixote Jack x Sanjo Play x Playdox) is not only owned but was also bred by Ramsey. The pedigree of this 2014 filly has a cutting horse foundation that brings out some interesting female contributors that reinforce the power of the mare in the pedigree and the foundation on which it is built.


Cats Quixote Jack & Michelle Anderson • Photo by Don Shugart

Cats Quixote Jack (High Brow Cat x Oh Cay With Me x Oh Cay Quixote) won $276,696. He was the 2007 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Non-Pro Champion and the 2007 Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open Champion. The sire record for Cats Quixote Jack shows he is on the verge of being a $1 million sire. His 59 money-winners listed in Equi-Stat have earned in excess of $966,000, with the leading money-earner being Jack Boon Cat ($144,844, out of Rosie Boonsmal x Peptoboonsmal).

High Brow Cat (High Brow Hickory x Smart Little Kitty x Smart Little Lena) is the all-time leading sire of cutting horses. His dam, Smart Little Kitty, is an unshown mare that is the dam of horses with earnings of $322,605, including Smart Lil Highbrow ($98,918) and Smart Bronze ($72,347). Smart Little Kitty is out of Doc’s Kitty (Doc Bar x Kitty Buck x Pretty Buck), the 1969 NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion and the 1970 NCHA Derby Open Champion.

Oh Cay With Me earned $50,799 in the arena. She is the dam of horses that have earned $352,238, including her top performer, Cats Quixote Jack, and her second-leading money-winner Catcandu Oh Cay ($46,538, by High Brow Cat).

Oh Cay Quixote (Doc Quixote x Oh Cay San x Peppy San) earned $152,616. He was the 1990 Southern Cutting Futurity Derby Champion. This stallion has Equi-Stat sire earnings of $2.3 million. His leading performer is Oh Cay N Short ($238,540), the 2004 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion and the 2014 World’s Greatest Horseman winner with Boyd Rice riding. His leading money-winner in cutting is Quixote Jose ($193,010).

Oh Cay San (Peppy San x Oh Cay x Okie Leo) is the dam of horses that have won $453,923. Her leading money-earners are Oh Cay Quixote, followed by MH Oh Cay With Moves ($79,720), Oh Cay Shorty ($68,893) and Cay Oh Pep ($59,979). Oh Cay Shorty is the dam of Oh Cay Felix, the 2006 NCHA Futurity Open Champion, and Oh Miss Caroline, the 2011 NCHA Futurity Open Champion.  

Oh Cay With Me is out of the NCHA money-winner Peppys Tule Lu (Mr San Peppy x Doc’s Tule Lu x Doc Bar). This mare is the dam of horses that have earned $172,142. They include Tall N The Saddle ($42,987) and Squeakin Peppy ($23,142).

Doc’s Tule Lu (Doc Bar x Quiz Kid x Tony) was a Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Novice Champion and an Open Reserve Champion. She earned $9,859. She is the dam of seven Equi-Stat record-holders with $96,736 earned, including Freckles Tule Lu ($36,042). Doc’s Tule Lu is the dam of San Tule Lu, a three-quarter sister to Peppys Tule Lu. San Tule Lu was sired by Peppy San Badger, by Mr San Peppy, who is the sire of Peppys Tule Lu.

San Tule Lu is the dam of San Tule Freckles, the 2001 NCHA Futurity Open Champion.


Sanjo Play & Craig Thompson • Photo by Jamie Littlefield

Sanjo Play (Playdox x Sanjo Marla x San Jo Lena) was the 2010 Brazos Bash Futurity Open Champion. She earned $59,424. Sanjo Playn Jacks is her first money-earner from three named foals.

Playdox (Freckles Playboy x Dox Come Back x Bob Acre Doc) earned $57,021. He was the 1998 NCHA Futurity Limited Open Champion. His foals have earned $2.2 million. His money-winners include Pet Squirrel ($389,160) and Playin At The Mall ($292,320). Playdox is an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Maternal Grandsire with $1.1 million in earnings. His No. 1 maternal grand-offspring is Dual N At Noon ($167,070).

Playdox & John Mitchell • Photo by Don Shugart

Dox Come Back is out of Stay With Me (Doc O’Lena x Moira Girl x Mora Leo). Stay With Me is a full sister to Shorty Lena. Shorty Lena is the sire of Oh Cay Shorty, the dam of NCHA Futurity Open champions Oh Cay Felix and Oh Miss Caroline. Shorty Lena is also the broodmare sire of Oh Cay N Short, the 2007 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion.

Sanjo Marla (San Jo Lena x Marlenas Starlight x Grays Starlight) was a finalist in the Cotton Stakes Derby Open and the Bonanza Classic/Challenge Open. She earned $23,151. This mare is the dam of five money-earners with total earnings of $87,703, and Sanjo Play is her leading earner.  

Marlenas Starlight earned $68,629. She was the 1997 Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open Champion. The foals out of Marlenas Starlight have earned $246,731, with two foals earning more than $100,000. They are Sanjo Starlight ($104,690) and Joes Midnight Son ($100,397).

Marlenas Starlight was out of Smart Marlena (Smart Little Lena x Call Me Marla x Leon Bars). Smart Marlena earned $12,008 winning the Nevada Spectacular Open Derby Championship. Smart Marlena is the dam of foals that have earned $203,273, with three foals earning more than $60,000 each. They are Marlenas Starlight, Senorita Spoon ($67,299) and Smart Starbuck ($60,045).

Call Me Marla was the dam of foals that have earned $193,958, with her leading money-winner being Travalin Royale ($100,228), the winner of the Gold Coast Futurity Open. Call Me Marla was out of Miss Royal Fleet, by Royal King.

Call Me Marla is a full sister to Trona, the dam of 1978 NCHA Futurity Open Champion and 1979 NCHA Derby Open Champion Lynx Melody. Lynx Melody is the dam of Shania Cee, an NCHA Futurity Open Champion and NCHA Super Stakes Classic/Challenge Champion. Lynx Melody is the second dam of Shakin Flo, the 1998 NCHA Horse of the Year.    

A good pedigree is built on a good foundation. People often focus on the sires in a pedigree, and that is an important aspect of pedigree study. But, it is the mares in a pedigree that reinforce that foundation. We see that firsthand in Sanjo Playn Jacks, the West Texas Futurity Open Champion.

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