In The Blood: CR Tuff Guns N Roses & A Mare’s Influence

Abbie Phillips and CR Tuff Guns N Roses recently won the Non-Pro title at the DT Horses Western Derby in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was one of several big performances for the pair, who also were Reserve Champions at the 2019 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity and won the Non-Pro and Intermediate Non-Pro at that year’s Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity. In all, the gelding has won $72,705.

CR Tuff Guns N Roses (Woody Be Tuff x Gypsy Rose Rey x Dual Rey) is a 2016 gelding is bred by the Center Ranch of Centerville, Texas. His pedigree carries an interesting breeding pattern that is called Inbreeding to Superior Females.

We mostly focus on inbreeding or linebreeding with the stallions that are duplicated in the pedigree. This time, however, we will see inbreeding/linebreeding through a mare named Misty Pop, as well as how her unusual pedigree contributes to CR Tuff Guns N Roses as an outcross. 

The Sire Connection

Woody Be Tuff (Nitas Wood x Tuffs Junie x Tuff Lena) is the winner of $351,063 with victories like the 2007 Cotton Stakes Futurity 5/6-Year-Old and Augusta Futurity 5/6-Year-Old open championship. Woody Be Tuff is an EquiStat Elite $6 Million Sire with top earners such as 2015 Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open Champion CR Tuff Lucy ($381,757) and 2012 NCHA Open Futurity Co-Champion CR Tuff Hearted Cat ($276,864).

Nitas Wood (Zack T Wood x Nitas Quixote x Doc Quixote) earned $13,947. He was third in the 2000 Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro. He also is an EquiStat Elite $6 Million Sire, and his leading earner is Woody Be Lucky ($705,740), who owner Dan Hansen rode during two NCHA Non-Pro World Championship campaigns.

Nitas Quixote (Doc Quixote x Chickasha Ann x Leo Bingo) was the winner of $34,755 as an aged event finalist including the reserve championships in 1987 Bonanza 6-Year-Old Non-Pro and the 1985 Lazy E Derby Non-Pro. Nitas Quixote has foal earnings of $144,784 including Nita Lil Lena ($71,685), who was the 1992 Southern Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Reserve Champion. 

Tuffs Junie (Tuff Lena x Candy Quixote x Doc Quixote) was the 1994 Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Co-Reserve Champion. She earned $46,656 in her career. She is the dam of foals that have taken home $1,280,559. This includes NCHA Open Horse of the Year Junie Wood, whose many victories include the 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro and the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes 4-Year-Old Open championships. 

Tuff Lena (Doc O’ Lena x Misty Pop x Pop Up) earned $11,723. He is the sire of horses that have earned $375,055 including Bo O Lena ($53,580), Strut Your Stuff ($43,431) and Tuffys Flaky Jake ($32,234). As a broodmare sire his grand-get have earned $1,637,667 and the first four on this list are sons and daughters out of Tuffs Junie (by Tuff Lena). They are Junie Wood ($541,993), Woody Be Tuff ($351,063), Wood She B Tuff ($101,079), Double Tuff ($95,021) and the fifth one on this list is Junies Unlimited, a half-brother to the first four as he was sired by Short Of Santana. Candy Quixote (Doc Quixote x Battle Due x Battle Town) is an unshown mare and the dam of only two EquiStat money earners. They are Tuffs Junie and Tuffs Wild Red, a winner of $4,908.

This second cross to Doc Quixote gives Woody B Tuff a breeding pattern of 3 x 3 to this great sire and, outside of multiple duplications to Doc Bar, there is no more linebreeding in the pedigree of Woody Be Tuff. 

The Mare Connection

Gypsy Rose Rey (Dual Rey x Oak Mist x Doc’s Oak) is an NCHA Certificate of Ability-earning cutting mare with winnings of $3,667. She is the dam of horses that have earned $165,560, including CR Rosie Tuff Stuff ($40,307), winner of the 2019 PCCHA Limited Non-Pro Derby. Her sire Dual Rey (Dual Pep x Nurse Rey x Wyoming Doc) is the second all-time leading sire in EquiStat with progeny earnings of more than $48 million. 

Oak Mist is out of Misty Pop (by Pop Up). Oak Mist earned $97,745 and counts among her accomplishments the 1987 NCHA Super Stakes Open Reserve Championship. This Doc’s Oak daughter is the dam of horses that have earnings of $308,184, including Tumbleweed Smith ($181,509) and Little Mist Smart ($65,017). 

Misty Pop is an outcross on the Doc Bar blood in the pedigree of CR Guns N Roses. This becomes apparent when you realize that Doc Bar appears nine times in the first nine generations for this horse. Misty Pop appears twice in the pedigree of CR Guns N Roses with a 4 x 3 breeding pattern. She also carries some inbreeding to a superior female in her pedigree. Her sire, Pop Up, is a son of Beggar Sam (Sam x Black Widder x Beggar Boy) is linebred to Cutthroat through her son, American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Hall of Famer and racehorse Oklahoma Star, and her daughter, Grace H, a mare who is actually sired by Oklahoma Star and out of Cutthroat. Pop Up has a breeding pattern is 5 x 4 x 4 x 5 to Cutthroat. This is inbreeding to a superior female. 

The dam’s side of the pedigree for Misty Pop is race bred as her mother, Raz Miss Taz, was sired by the Thoroughbred Custus Rastus (Requested x Slim Rosie x Tryster), and her dam was Miss Skedadle (Skidoo x Dialie Mc x Chicaro). Misty Pop gives the pedigree an interesting source of outcross blood through the linebreeding to Cutthroat and her racehorse bloodlines.   

CR Tuff Guns N Roses & Inbreeding to a Superior Female

The practice of inbreeding and/or linebreeding to mares has been taking place since we started keeping records. But it is not widely acknowledged and often gets overlooked. This breeding practice is something we should all take into consideration when looking at a pedigree. Our look at CR Tuffs Guns N Roses allowed us to bring this breeding practice out.