All Bettss Are Off made a triumphant return to the winner’s circle at Reining By The Bay after taking a majority of last year off.
The 2020 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open Champion, now 5, won with authority, marking a 231 with Andrea Fappani to win the Derby Level 4 Open on Saturday July 23, in Woodside, California.
“It was one of those runs that makes it look easy. I didn’t have to push him and the judges marked him anyway,” Fappani said. “I’ve got the stops and the turns and I can kind of just cruise the circles. I think it was the easiest 231 I’ve ever marked in my life.”
All Betts Are Off’s Career
All Betts Are Off joined the elite reining ranks when he won the Friends of Reining Futurity Open in September, 2020, and went on to win the vaunted NRHA Futurity Open Championship. However, since his Futurity win, All Bettss Are Off had been absent from most major shows over the last year-and-a-half. Fappani said that was (mostly) intentional.
After the Futurity, Fappani had wanted to give him an easier campaign the following year.
He said owners Jim and Pat Warren of Rancho Oso Rio, which bought the horse following the NRHA Futurity, had full confidence in the plan to back off on All Bettss Are Off during his 4-year-old year and let him mature mentally.
In 2021, the horse earned the Stakes Reserve Championship at the High Roller Reining Classic and made the finals at the National Reining Breeders Classic.
“A lot of that talent comes with challenges sometimes. Early on – and even today ¬– he’s a very quick thinker and a very challenging horse to keep channeled and focused on what his job is. It’s so easy for him to do all the maneuvers that his mind wanders off really easy,” Fappani explained.
The son of Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) and out of millionaire producer Wimpys Little Chic (by Wimpys Little Step) was set to compete in the 2022 derbies as a 5-year-old when a February injury in the pasture sidelined him for a bit longer.
“He was turned out and came back sore behind. We couldn’t figure out what was going on for about ten days, because the vets couldn’t block it. But we went in for a bone scan and found out he fractured his hip bone outside playing around. It took about four months to get it healed up just right and I’ve been back on him now for about a month and a half,” Fappani said.
Back with a Bang
Now, All Bettss Are Off is back in fighting shape and is being pointed towards this month’s The Run For A Million horse show. According to Fappani, All Bettss Are off is in the running to be his million-dollar mount.
The Million Dollar Competition is the crowning event of The Run For A Million, which is scheduled for Aug. 17-20 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Fappani was one of only 16 riders who qualified to compete for the million-dollar prize, and can ride any horse he wants in the event.
In addition to the Million Dollar Competition, there also is a lucrative Open Shoot Out class at The Run For A Million. In past years, the Shoot Out – an event where top-placing riders qualify for the next Million Dollar Competition – has featured some of the top reining horses in training.
Bred in the Purple
With the $21,998 payday for winning the Derby at Reining By The Bay, All Bettss Are Off became his dam Wimpys Little Chic’s leading earner with $329,416 in lifetime earnings, surpassing 2014 NRHA Futurity Open Co-Champion ARC Gunnabeabigstar ($323,902, by Gunnatrashya) to take the top spot. The mares third all-time winningest offspring is 2015 NRHA Futurity Open Champion Shesouttayourleague ($267,929, by Walla Walla Whiz).
To date, Wimpy Little Chic’s progeny earnings stand at $1,337,149.
Fappani thanked All Betts Are Off’s breeder Arcese Quarter Horses for their high-caliber breeding program and the Warrens for their support throughout the years.
Reining By The Bay Derby Non-Pro
All Betts Are Off wasn’t the only horse that had a great day at this year’s Reining By The Bay.
Two riders couldn’t be separated atop the leaderboard in the Derby Non-Pro at the Reining By The Bay on Friday afternoon, July 22.
With scores of 222.5, Kim Muehlstaetter and TR Baby Blues (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Spooks N Sparks x Smart Spook) tied with Tish Fappani and Joes Genes (Lil Joe Cash x Electric Genes x Jacs Electric Spark) for the championship.
Under a bright, blue sky the riders bested a field of 21 Level 4 to bring home $6,066 each. This bumps TR Baby Blues and Joes Genes lifetime earnings to $69,595 and $126,736, respectively.