|Posted on April 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
It was a horse race to the finish at the 2017 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo and coming out on top was Emily Miller and Namgis D 35.
By Kailey Sullins
Emily Miller, a full-time dental hygienist, claimed the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo Barrel Racing Championship Sunday April 9, 2017, with a standout performance. Miller qualified to the semifinals after a solid showing all week and turned in a 15.51 to punch her ticket to the top four finals round. Making two runs in one day didn’t bother her standout mount, Namgis D 35 as he came back in the finals to turn in a 15.27 to take the title.
“This is my dream,” Miller said through an emotional voice after her title run. “After I made it last year as a last minute replacement it was my goal to come back and win this thing and ‘Pipewrench’ was incredible today.”
Miller struggled in last year’s Circuit Finals getting the right approach to the first barrel, however this year she was able to dial in her great mount and turn in a great showing all week. The Weatherford, Oklahoma, duo started the week strong with a 15.46 in round one, which earned her fourth in the round and $2,274.
In round two “Pipewrench,” who’s by Bucks Hancock Dude and out of Central Station by First Down Dash, led Miller to a 15.78, which was out of the money in the round, however put them in seventh in the average qualifying them to the top eight semifinals round.
The top eight contestants met back inside the Silver Spurs Arena Sunday, April 9, 2017, at 2:30 p.m., for the clean-slate semifinals where the top four would qualify back to another clean-slate finals round. In the semifinals Miller and Pipewrench crossed the timer’s line in 15.51 seconds qualifying them back to the finals round.
In the finals round Miller knew it was all or nothing and entered the arena in full determination. The duo left the crowd on their feet after turning in a smooth 15.27 to take the title.
“After [the first round] I knew I just needed to make it to today. Today is the important part,” Miller said. “So we ended up seventh in the average coming into today, but today is clean-slate. I gave it all I had both runs today and Pipewrench was amazing.”
All totaled Miller took home a total haul of $13,652, which will serve her well going into the rest of the 2017 season, because this year is the first year the payout from the RNCFR will count toward National Finals Rodeo earnings.
Tiany Schuster, Ari-Anna Flynn and Nellie Miller were the other three contestant who qualified to the semifinals round and in the finals they split a three-way tie with a 15.41 to earn $3,791 each.
EmilyMiller DSC 2086 webEmily Miller and Namgis D 35. Photo by Kailey Sullins
1. Tiany Schuster, 15.18, $7,587
2. Ari-Anna Flynn, 15.29, $5,686
3. Emily Miller, 15.51, $3,791
4. Nellie Miller, 15.55, $1,895
Finals Round Results:
1. Emily Miller, 15.27, $7,587
2/3/4. Tiany Schuster, Ari-Anna Flynn, Nellie Miller, 15.41, $3,791 (each)
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Sidney Lee Forrest just qualified for the American on Prince Sterling, by EPIC LEADER! Congrats to all involved! We are excited to watch what this team accomplishes!
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Brodgar, a gelding by FLYINGWITHEAGLES breaks his maiden at ZIA Park in Hobbs, NM! He is out of the Separitist mare,Harney Girl. This win brings this 2 yr olds earnings to $13,270!
|Posted on October 10, 2016 at 6:15 AM||comments (0)|
EAGLELISTIC, a sorrel gelding by FLYINGWITHEAGLES qualified for the Hobbs America Futurity and finished 3rd in the finals on October 9th. Congrats to all of the connections!
Jockey: L. Salvador Martinez
Trainer: Cody Reynolds
Owner: Donnie E. Johnson
Breeder: Kylan D Johnson
|Posted on September 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM||comments (2)|
Champion Kiss My Hocks Retired, To Stand at Southwest Stallion Station
GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—SEPTEMBER 17, 2015—AQHA Racing Champion 2-Year-Old Kiss My Hocks SI 109 has been retired from racing. He will stand his first season at stud in 2016 at Southwest Stallion Station near Elgin, Texas. His fee has been set at $6,500.
Owned during his racing career by Tyler Graham and Conda Maze, Kiss My Hocks won or placed in 10 of 12 career starts and earned $1,199,385.
“Kiss My Hocks is eligible for the Texas Classic Derby (G1),” Graham said Wednesday. “He’s sound. It’s just that he doesn’t owe us anything. We don’t think he has a lot to gain by running in the Texas Classic. "
Stan Sigman has purchased an interest in the son of champion and leading sire Tempting Dash.
“By announcing his retirement now, we give mares owners more time to book their mares,” Graham added.
Toby Keeton who trained Kiss My Hocks throughout his career said "It was a sad day for everyone in the Keeton barn. I was hoping to run him possibly in the Texas Classic Derby(G1), to get a bit of revenge for the bad trip he experienced in the All American Derby(G1), but I feel that the owners are doing the right thing. He's sound, and healthy and this the best scenario to send one to the breeding shed. "
"It has been quite the journey with this horse, and we are sure going to miss him," he added.
Kiss My Hocks kicked off his stakes career last Spring by winning the Grade 2 Sam Houston Futurity at Sam Houston Race Park when he raced to a new 330 yard track record of :16.719 seconds.
The strapping sorrel colt then moved to Ruidoso where he posted a stunning debut by winning his trial for the $700,000 Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity by three lengths. His :17.281 clocking was the fastest time for the 12 trials on the opening day. He returned in the finals two-weeks later to defeat eventual $2.6 million All American Futurity(G1) winner JM Miracle by half-a-length.
In his $900,000 Rainbow Futurity(G1) trial Kiss My Hocks raced the 400 yards in :19.481 to win by 3½ lengths as the 1-9 favorite. Again, it was the fastest time from 12 trials on the first of two days of trials.
His winning streak ended at five in the Rainbow Futurity final when he finished second, a neck behind the Stoli filly Trendi.
“He lost his footing (at the start) and stumbled into (JM Miracle). Trendi was gone and we just couldn’t run her down,” said AQHA Racing Champion jockey Cody Jensen.
In his final two-year-old start, trials for the $3 million All American Futurity(G1), he was a 1½ length trial winner however his time was not fastest enough to gain entrance into the rich finale.
Following a long winter layoff, Kiss My Hocks 3-year-old debut was a throw-out fourth place finish in the Ruidoso Derby(G1) trials last May.
However he returned to form in the trials for the $1.06 million Rainbow Futurity with a two-length winning effort in July. In the final he false broke and hit the front of the gate, just hard enough for the gate to open. He was reloaded and got a sharp start under AQHA Racing champion jockey G.R. Carter Jr to score his second grade 1 victory.
“It’s not often that you see one false break and win,” said Carter Jr. after the Rainbow Derby. “He’s the epitome of confidence in a horse.”
Kiss My Hocks came right back in the All American Derby(G1) trials with a daylight victory that put him in the $2,378,383 final on September 6.
Following a disastrous start as the favorite in the All American Derby(G1) final he finished last after losing his path.
Bred by Graham and John Mayers, the young stallion is out of the multiple G1-placed Tres Seis mare Romancing Mary SI 103 ($163,294) dam of 7 ROM (100%) including the aforementioned Kiss My Hocks Si 109 ($1,199,385) and G2 finalist My Famous Romance SI 95 ($45,814), etc.
The second dam is G1 finalist Romancin Ashley SI 102, dam of 8 ROM including stakes-placed Awesome Ashley SI 90 ($33,507 to 3, 2015) and the granddam of 2015 Grade 1 winner Gold Digging Ashley ($355,195 to 3, 2015), etc.
This is the family of All American Futurity winner Elans Special SI 98 ($1,186,540), Reach Together SI 101 ($193,261), Special Elan SI 98 ($100,831), etc.