08/12/2014 3:57PM

Thoroughbred pedigrees represented in All American Futurity trials


The All American Futurity may be the richest race on the Quarter Horse calendar, but six horses with Thoroughbred sires or dams will also by vying for the $2.6-million purse during the trials on Thursday and Friday at Ruidoso Downs.

The American Quarter Horse Association has a special registry and numbering system for Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred crosses, referring to them as “Appendix” horses. Appendix horses are able to compete in all AQHA competitions with certain breeding restrictions to maintain eligibility.

While breeding on a Thoroughbred cross is somewhat uncommon in modern Quarter Horse racing and breeding, Thoroughbred bloodlines can be used to give the sprinters added distance capabilities.

The horses with the ten fastest times over the two days of trials will compete in the All American Futurity final on Sept. 1 at Ruidoso.

Friday’s trials feature a pair of Appendix horses. Race four includes Com Callin, out of the stakes-placed Caller I.D. mare Shady Caller, who is the dam of one Thoroughbred and two Quarter Horses to race. Com Callin, a Volcom filly bred in Oklahoma by JEH Stallion Station, is a half-sister to the Grade 3-winning Quarter Horse Call Her Hero.

Race seven features Ipolito, by the pensioned Thoroughbred sire Apollo. A Grade 2-placed son of Falstaff, Apollo sired 16 crops from both breeds before retiring from stud duty in 2013. He also has an additional crop of Quarter Horse runners that are not yet of racing age.

Apollo had seven stakes winners in the Thoroughbred realm, but his true success came as a sire of Quarter Horses, where seven Grade 1 winners represent him. His greatest offspring was three-time champion Apollitical Time, who won four Grade 1 races before retiring to become Broodmare of the Year in 2010.

Ipolito was bred in Florida by Sam Green, and is out of the Chicks Beduino mare Seychelle.

Four horses with Thoroughbred parents will compete during Saturday’s trials, including Fire of the Century, a filly out of the unraced Carson City mare Catchofthecentury.

Bred in New Mexico by Mike Abraham, Fire of the Century is the first Quarter Horse foal out of Catchofthecentury, whose six Thoroughbred starters are all winners, including stakes winners Cat’s Cat and Spring Awakening. She foaled a More Than Ready colt in 2013, a year after producing Fire of the Century, by Walk Thru Fire.

Race 11 on Saturday’s card has a pair of entries out of Thoroughbred mares. A First Thunder is a First Moonflash filly out of the winning Thunder Gulch mare Callingforthunder. Also bred in New Mexico by Mike Abraham, A First Thunder is the first Quarter Horse foal out of the dam, whose first Thoroughbred foal to race is a winner.

The trial also features Walley, an Ivory James gelding out of the winning Maghnatis mare Mag Basket. Walley, bred in Oklahoma by Chris Watson, is the first foal out of Mag Basket, who produced a Thoroughbred filly in 2013.

Mr Big Stick in Race 13 is by the multiple stakes-placed Thoroughbred sire Swissle Stick. Swissle Stick, a 12-year-old son of Swiss Yodeler, is a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Brother Derek and was a $600,000 purchase as a 2-year-old. He won 7 of 71 starts over six seasons of racing for earnings of $129,964, and also was unplaced twice in Quarter Horse events.

Mr Big Stick is from Swissle Stick’s second crop of racing age for both breeds, which is led by stakes-placed Quarter Horse Bilingual and Grade 2 finalist Spiced Swissle. Swissle Stick stands at MJ Farms in Veguita, N.M. for an advertised fee of $1,500. The farm also bred Mr Big Stick, who is out of the Streakin Dash mare Mitzi Lee Dash.