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In the Stats: Breeder’s Invitational

IntheStats 01 SlyPlaygirl JSnider13BI JOSly Playgirl and Jaime Snider • Photo by John O'Hara

Breeder’s Invitational (2003-2015)

Sly Playgirl (That Sly Cat x Taquitas Playgirl x Freckles Playboy), a 2007 mare bred by Slate River Ranch, of Weatherford, Texas, and owned by Luis De Armas, of Boca Raton, Florida, is the leading Breeder’s Invitational's (BI) money-earning horse with show earnings of $141,697. Among the mare’s BI paychecks were the Classic/Challenge Open Championship with trainer Jaime Snider and the Limited Non-Pro Championship, with De Armas riding, in 2012. Sly Playgirl’s lifetime Equi-Stat earnings total $343,307.

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In the Money: Shrewd Breeding Buys

IntheMoney nyquist-longinesNyquist and jockey Mario Gutierrez outfinished Exaggerator in the Kentucky Derby. • Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Longines, the official watch and timekeeper of the 142nd Annual Kentucky Derby

By now, you’ve probably already heard about Nyquist’s victory in the Kentucky Derby. Many of you probably watched the race and cheered as he raced across the finish line to become the first undefeated 2-year-old champion to win the Kentucky Derby since Seattle Slew did it in 1977, the year he took the Triple Crown. But what you might not know is that while Nyquist was a relatively expensive yearling, selling for $400,000, his dam sold twice for far less.

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In the Past: Family Legends

InthePast Bill Shorty SharonFreemanEqui-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider Bill Freeman, Freeman’s father and legendary trainer Shorty Freeman, and Freeman’s sister Sharon Freeman, who married Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Terry Riddle, of Foster, Oklahoma • Photo by Bonnie Scott

William Fredell “Bill” Freeman, unquestionably one of the cutting industry’s finest trainers and showmen, earned his final cutting paycheck on June 28, 2008, just 31 days before his untimely death on July 29 at the age of 58. Freeman died due to complications of fungal pneumonia and chronic asthma, a condition that Freeman’s father, Shorty Freeman, also died of in 1990.

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In the Blood: Brother & Sister Power!

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Heavy Duty Chex and Moonlite Chex combined to bring home three titles at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), held April 17-24 in Katy, Texas. Both horses were both bred by Hilldale Farms in Brashear, Texas. Tammye Hutton, daughters Jessicah Keller and Sarah Locker and son David Hutton are the people behind Hilldale Farms. Locker and Heavy Duty Chex marked a 225 in the finals of the Derby Level 4 Non-Pro, cementing their second consecutive win. Moonlite Chex and Keller earned two titles, winning the Novice Horse Level 2 Non-Pro and tying for first in the Novice Non-Pro.

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In the Money: Sale Graduates at the NRBC

IntheMoney NotRufAtAllNot Ruf At All and Jason Vanlandingham won the NRBC Level 4 Open with a 231. • Photo by Kristin Pitzer

With nearly $500,000 on the line in the Level 4 Open finals at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), reiners brought their best 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds to compete in Katy, Texas, in April. Thirty horses qualified for the Level 4 Open finals, where it took a score of 231 to claim the Championship. Not Ruf At All and Jason Vanlandingham accomplished the feat for owner Vaughn Zimmerman, walking away with the winner’s check of $75,000. Ironically, that is the same amount that Zimmerman turned down for Not Ruf At All when he repurchased the stallion at the 2012 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale.

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In the Stats: NCHA Western National Championships

IntheStats -01 HickoryValentino LolaSearle WN08Hickory Valentino (Doc’s Hickory x Connies Gail x Freckles Loverboy), a 1998 gelding bred by Sherry Wolfenbarger Cagan, of Portola Valley, California, and owned by Rhett and Lola Searle, of Vernal, Utah, is the leading money-earner at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Western National Championships with $23,420 in show earnings. The gelding was ridden by Lola Searle to earnings of $20,276, which included a $4,929 paycheck for winning the $50,000 Amateur in 2005. Rhett Searle rode the gelding to earnings of $3,144. Hickory Valentino has $48,739 in lifetime earnings recorded in Equi-Stat. • Photo by Suzanne Forrest

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In the Past: 2006 Magnificent 7 Champion

InthePast 01LightNFine BAvila.06DDBob Avila and Light N Fine. • Photo by Darrell Dodds

Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Bob Avila, of Temecula, California, and Light N Fine (Grays Starlight x Lenas Fine Freckle x Doc O’Lena), aka “Polo,” deservingly won the 2006 Magnificent 7 Championship with high scores in both the herd and cow works.

The 1999 stallion, bred by Polo Ranch, of Marietta, Oklahoma, was owned at the time by Rhodes River Ranch in Arlington, Washington. He earned $12,432 for his win at the Magnificent 7, and capped his career with a victory in the World’s Greatest Horseman competition with Avila one year later when owned by Alan and Kay Needle.