News reports and economists may be predicting a recession, but back-to-back record-breaking sales at the 2022 Western Bloodstock LTD National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Sales say otherwise.
Session I of the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale kicked off on Dec. 5, setting a new high seller record when Billy Wolf of Wolf Livestock paid $1.15 million for Hip No. 1075, Cuteish Desire. The 2020 sorrel filly is by Wolf’s stallion Dual Reyish and is out of Desires Kitty Cat (by High Brow Cat). The filly was consigned by Alan Chappell and was in training with T.J. Good Performance Horses.
“I hadn’t seen her up until the day before. I watched a short video and then went to T.J.’s place to watch her work,” Wolf said. “She is light on her feet, locks on a cow and looks like a champion. She’s got a lot of what Dual Reyish had at that age.”
Dual Reyish won $212,672 in his 3-year-old year and has earnings totaling $456,016, according to EquiStat. Desires Hot Kitty won $118,301 in the show pen.
“I get wrapped up in the excitement. I knew in my mind what I would like to have bought her at, but I knew what I saw, and she put on a pretty good show in the ring, too, and that reconfirmed it,” Wolf said. “She’ll be going to Austin Shepard to train and show.”
Wolf only held the record briefly. On Dec. 6, at Session II of the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, Jackpot Ranch owned by Terry Green upped the ante paying $1.5 million for Hip. No. 2039, Hott Twice, setting yet another high-selling record for a 2-year-old Western performance horse. The 2020 sorrel colt by Hottish (Spots Hot x Stylish Play Lena x Docs Stylish Oak) is out of the legendary mare Tapt Twice (Dual Pep x Tap O Lena x Doc O’ Lena).
“There is no more Hottish, and that was a big part of the reason why we liked him so much,” Green said. “His conformation is about as perfect as it comes. He’s flawless when you walk around him. His chest size is perfect, his pasterns are perfect, everything you look at with this horse is perfect. He just looks like a winner.”
Hottish has earnings of $301,200 and his offspring have won more than $9,899,901, according to EquiStat. Dual Reyish is his leading performer, and Cool N Hot, who has earnings of $430,812, according to EquiStat. Tapt Twice won $285,226, and she has produced offspring with earnings of more than $1,724.258 with Don’t Look Twice, the top money-earner at $850,628.
“Beau tells me he hasn’t seen a 2-year-old like this in a long time so we decided to put this colt in our program,” Green said. “Beau’s an incredible rider and and we’re looking to win some money and make him a breeding horse. So many horses are from the same bloodline, and we see him as an outcross, it’ll be good for the industry to have some different blood.”
Green is heavily involved in Thoroughbred racing. His Kentucky farm maintains between 35 to 40 horses, which are a combination of breeding, racing and sales horses.
On Wednesday, Dec.7, Wolf celebrated his second high-selling record breaker, this time as a seller in the Evening Session of the Futurity Cutting Horse Sale with the yearling CR Catty Reys, a sorrel colt he consigned to the sale. Rocking P Ranch paid $985,000 for the colt by Dual Reyish and out of the talented Dual Pep mare ARC Catty Dual.
The Western Bloodstock LTD. NCHA Futurity Sales runs through Dec. 10 and is filled with talented prospects.