With a score of 221, Dany Tremblay and Lil Gun Affair claimed the Level 4 Open and Level 3 Open championship of the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity. The talented mare, by Lil Joe Cash out of Gun Affair (by Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner]), added $6,644 to her lifetime earnings.
“She was super easy to get ready today. It’s something I really like about this mare. She’s not complicated and is a team player. She’s not scared of the crowd or judges,” Tremblay said. “She’s exactly the same in the show pen as at home, which is what every trainer wants.”
According to Tremblay, Lil Gun Affair’s best maneuver is her stops.
“After we were done with the turnarounds and circles, I just sent her,” Tremblay remarked.
Lil Gun Affair is proudly owned by Martin Brisebois.
“Her owner is from Canada and is a great friend of ours and a good customer. I wish he could have been here, I am so happy for him,” Tremblay said. “We bought this horse as a yearling. She’s part of our program and we’ve done everything with her. From day one she wanted to be nice, and now she’s here winning something.”
Tremblay has a full plate, bringing twelve horses to Tulsa.
“It’s a busy week. This year I’m lucky because I have many good three-year-olds. I didn’t know what to pick to put in which futurity. I don’t think she’s less talented than the others – I just thought I’d show her today,” Tremblay said. “After this week we will know what horses are going where.”
Abigayle Mixon and Archiesgunnatrashyya (Gunnatrasyay x Jacs Electric Belle x Jacs Electric Spark), owned by Dee Dee Boeckman, tied Mathieu Buton and Mega Smart N Trashy (Gunnatrashya x Einsteins Dun It x Einsteins Corona) for reserve in the Open Level 4. Each marked a 218.5 and collected $2,608.
Mega Smart N Trashy is owned by Barn-377 LLC. He and Buton also finished second in the Level 2, worth an additional $1,139.
Spooks Smokin & Matteo Rondanina — Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity Level 2 and Level 1 Champion
Not only did Matteo Rondanina and Spooks Smokin [PT] win reserve in the Level 3 Open, the duo also topped both the Levels 2 and 1 Open with a 219.5. All totaled, the pair took home $4,486.
It wasn’t in Rondanina’s plans to come to Tulsa, but a busy schedule necessitated the trip to Oklahoma.
“I was going to go to Vegas, but I am a little bit busy, so brought this horse here Monday. He was a little fresh Monday, so I didn’t enter the Level 4,” Rondanina said.
Although Spooks Smokin [PT], by Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Smoking Marquita [PT] (by Smokin Chic Olena [PT]), might have been fresh earlier in the week, he came through in the show pen. “Yesterday he felt really good, and today, after the first turn, I knew he was with me and felt really good,” Rondanina recalled.
Rondanina has ridden Spooks Smokin [PT], who he owns with Sergio Elia, since he was a two-year-old. “He was a good horse from the beginning, and especially in the last few months he has made a big change and got better,” he said. “I’ll probably take him to Ardmore after we work on a few things a little more, then the plan is the big futurity.”
Rondanina, who trains horses in Whitesboro, Texas, moved to the states two years ago.
“I bought another business, so I train about seven or eight horses and then have a shipping company,” Rondanina explained. “I brought one five-year-old here for schooling, and I may show her in the Derby on Sunday. She’s qualified for the World Show and I want to school her for that.”
In the Level 1 Open Sean Johnson and Adreaminheart (Magnum Chic Dream x Betcha Boots Lizzie x Boomernic), owned by Stephen Brownlee, tied with Josefine Spangfors and Jlosa, both winning $546.
JLosa, owned by Euro-Vets Inc., is by Arlosa Whiz out of Spook N Jessie (by Smart Spook).