In the Blood: Cool N Hot

NCHA Super Stakes Open Champions Cool N Hot & Kobie Wood • Photo by Hart Photos

Kobie Wood, as an Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider, has been in the winner’s circle many times and earned a wide variety of championships. On April 22, he entered new territory when he topped the Lucas Oil National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open for the first time. He did it with a homebred colt named Cool N Hot. They set the arena abuzz when they marked a 227 for the title.

Wood’s wife, Paula, is a non-pro and Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider. She is the registered owner and breeder of Cool N Hot, and together they made the Super Stakes Non-Pro finals and tied for 12th. The $13,337 they won combined with the $69,076 won with Wood aboard to push the stallion’s earnings to nearly $185,000.

A look at the pedigree of Cool N Hot (Hottish x Donas Cool Cat x High Brow Cat) brings together the blood of a new first crop sire and a mare that is the foundation of the Woods’ breeding program. It is also a pedigree that carries several lines of the important nick between Sugar Bars and Leo, and its cross with Doc O’Lena. 


Hottish • Photo by Cam Essick

Hottish (Spots Hot x Stylish Play Lena x Docs Stylish Oak) won several championships, including the 2012 Breeder’s Invitational and NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Open championships, as well as the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro title. He earned $301,200 in his performance career and finished runner-up in the 2012 NCHA Open Horse of the Year race.

Hottish has made a big splash as a sire with his first foals, which hit the arena in 2017. They have already earned more than $824,000. He started out strong with Dual Reyish (out of A Little Reylena x Dual Rey), who won the 2017 NCHA Futurity Open. When Cool N Hot topped the Super Stakes, he earned a special designation as the sire of the winners of the last two NCHA Triple Crown events.

Some of Hottish’s other money-winners include: 2017 NCHA Futurity Open finalist Just Gettin Started ($133,278, out of KR Isadora Dual x Smooth As A Cat); The Ike Derby Open winner Blackish ($65,714, out of SS Blacks Lil Kitty x Blue Bayou Boon); and 2017 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro Co-Champion Sneakish ($17,970, out of Smooth Sneakin x Smooth As A Cat).

Spots Hot (Chula Dual x Sweet Shorty Lena x Shorty Lena) was the 2004 NCHA Futurity Open Champion that earned an impressive $529,435 during his career. He is the sire of horses that have earned nearly $4.7 million. Just a few of his top earners are Hottish; 2016 NCHA Futurity Open Champion Second Spot ($288,846); 2017 Breeder’s Invitational Derby Open Champion Cinca Im Hot ($151,055); and others.

Chula Dual (Dual Pep x Smart Fancy Lena x Smart Little Lena) was a multiple aged event champion, including the 1999 Polo Ranch Classic 4-Year-Old Open. His foals have earned in excess of $2 million, with his No. 2 being Chulas Merada ($151,031, out of Little Lena Merada x Smart Little Lena), winner of the 2008 Chisholm Trail Fall Derby and the 2008 Texas Derby Open.

Sweet Shorty Lena (Shorty Lena x Quixotes R Sugar x Son O Sugar) earned nearly $115,000. Her offspring have garnered almost $1.2 million, according to Equi-Stat records, and three of her foals have won more than $100,000 each. They are Spots Hot, Innovation Time ($195,686) and His Reyflection ($134,652).

Quixotes R Sugar gives us our first look at the Sugar Bars/Leo cross. Son O Sugar was sired by Sugar Bars and out of Leo Pan, by Leo. When we add Shorty Lena, who is a son of Doc O’Lena, we get our first look at the Doc O’Lena/Sugar Bars/Leo magic cross.

Stylish Play Lena • Photo by Wendy Oswood

Stylish Play Lena earned $289,624 during her career, and her titles include the 2003 NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Open Championship. This great mare is the dam of horses that have won more than $1.6 million, with six foals earning more than $100,000 each. Three of these have earned greater than $300,000. The $300,000-plus winners are Pepto Boon, winner of the 2009 Bonanza Derby Non-Pro Championship; Smooth Talkin Style, the 2014 NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion; and Hottish.

Play Lena is the dam of Stylish Play Lena and an NCHA money-winner. She is the dam of foals that have won $524,431, including 1995 NCHA Futurity $50,000 Open Champion Smart Play Lena ($184,630). Play Lena was sired by Freckles Playboy, by Jewel’s Leo Bars.

Jewel’s Leo Bars is another Sugar Bars and Leo cross, and a full brother to Son O Sugar. The dam of Play Lena is Tina Lena Bars, by Doc O’Lena, and this is our second cross of Doc O’Lena with the Sugar Bars/Leo magic cross.


Donas Cool Cat & Paula Wood • Photo by Shane Rux

Donas Cool Cat (High Brow Cat x Sweet Peppy Again x Peppy San Badger) earned $318,908 with titles like third place in the 2007 NCHA World Finals Non-Pro Show. She carried Lane Wood to an NCHA Youth World Championship, as well. Her foals have made her the dam of horses that have won just shy of $900,000. These foals include Donas Suen Boon, who carried Paula to the 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Championship and the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Championship, then picked up two American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World championships in cutting with Kobie.

High Brow Cat (High Brow Hickory x Smart Little Kitty x Smart Little Lena) is the all-time leading sire of cutting horse money-winners, and he is steadily moving up the maternal grandsire list as indicated by his ranking as the leading maternal grandsire in 2017 with earnings of more than $4.5 million, according to Equi-Stat. His leading grand-get last year was Deluxe Checks, the 2017 NCHA Open World Champion and NCHA Open World Finals Show Champion.

Sweet Peppy Again (Peppy San Badger x Sweet Sugar Again x Sugar Again) earned merely $13,602 as a performer, but she is the dam of foals that have earned $442,179. Her second-leading money-winner is Scat Daddy ($62,295), a full brother to Donas Cool Cat.

Smart Little Lena, the broodmare sire of High Brow Cat, was sired by Doc O’Lena. Sugar Again was sired by Sugar Bars and out of Leo Pan, by Leo. He is the third full brother that comes into this pedigree from this cross.

The dam of Sweet Sugar Again is Sweet Personality, by Sugar Maker (Sugar Bars x Lena Leo x Leo). This gives this pedigree a linebreeding pattern to these four horses that are three-quarter brothers. This is a collateral linebreeding pattern. Full brothers and sisters, as well as three-quarter brothers and sisters, are collateral relatives.

This gives the pedigree of Cool N Hot a Doc O’Lena/Sugar Bars/Leo magic cross influence on the pedigree. It is also a breeding pattern that shows up in another Wood-bred winner – Donas Suen Boon.