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In the Stats: NRHA Derby

IntheStats 01 CommandersNic CSchmersal Fut02WCommanders Nic (Boomernic x Miss Bam Bam Command x Docs Fritzie Command) and Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider Craig Schmersal won the 2004 NRHA Derby Open  and placed second in 2003. The 1999 stallion, bred by Shannon Jones of Queen City, Arizona, has lifetime earnings of $258,815. • Photo by Waltenberry

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In the Past: Doc Quixote

InthePast DocQuixoteDoc Quixote was known as the “good luck horse,” who consistently directed profit to those who owned all or part of him. • QHN File Photo

An asking price of $12,000 for a top cutting futurity prospect in today’s performance horse market is virtually unheard of. Forty-three years ago, though, it sounded like a lot of money to non-pro cutter Paul Crumpler, of Wichita Falls, Texas, who, on the advice of legendary trainer Shorty Freeman, flew to California to look at a 3-year-old named Doc Quixote. Leon Harrel, who had the horse in training for owners Neil and Linda Mussallem, of Gilroy, California, helped negotiate the sale.

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In the Stats: NRCHA Derby

IntheStats 01 SmartBoons CCushing NRCHADerby2010PMSmart Boons (Peptoboonsmal x Smart Little Easter x Smart Little Lena), bred by David Plummer, of Fort Worth, Texas, owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight, of Peoria, Arizona, is the leading National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Derby money-earning horse with his Derby earnings totaling $105,836. Corey Cushing and the 2005 stallion won the 2009 Derby Open, placed second in the event in 2010, third in 2011 and fourth in 2012. • Photo by Primo Morales 
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In the Past: An Exceptional Team

InthePast RoyalCutter KenSuttonKen Sutton and Royal Cutter • Courtesy of the National Stock Horse Association

National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Hall of Fame inductee and non-pro rider Ken Sutton was said to have an exceptional eye for a good horse. One of his most successful “picks” was Royal Cutter (Cutter Bill x Royal Ida May x Royal King). Sutton spotted the 1968 gelding at trainer Don Dodge’s barn.

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In the Money: Shrewd Breeding Buys (Part 2)

IntheMoney 03-SeeUSaturdayNight 15KPSee U Saturday Night, pictured with Arno Honstetter, is one of three NRHA Futurity Open finalists whose dam is a former sale horse. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek

In the last issue of the QHN Insider, In the Money took a look at the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity finalists and the mares that produced them. This time, the focus shifts to Oklahoma City and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, where there were 30 finalists in the Level 4 Open last year. Of those, three were out of mares that, at some point in their lives, were offered at public auction. Wimpys Rose, Malibu Whiz and RG Miss Starlight are all former sale horses and now dams of NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open finalists.

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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.