All American Derby Qualifier: Tayte Me Down

B. f.  Special Leader-Defining Difference by Feature Mr Jess

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Race Record: 9-3-4-1 $94,781

Breeder: Joe Kirk Fulton
Owner: Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches LP
Trainer: Mike Robbins
Qualifying jockey: Jose Alvarez
Qualifying time: :21.236

Race record: Clocking :21.236 with Jose Alvarez riding for Mike Robbins, Tayte Me Down finished second by half a length to Point Break Dash in the eighth trial. In 2012, Tayte Me Down won three races but was scratched from the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1). Though winless in four races this season, the filly has finished second three times and was fourth in Wicked Courage’s Ruidoso Derby (G1).

Breeder: Tayte Me Down was bred by Joe Kirk Fulton of Lubbock, Texas. An American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer, Fulton served as an AQHA director and director-at-large, and as chairman of the AQHA Stud Book and Registration Committee, which also has recognized him with the Gordon Crone Special Achievement Award. Fulton owned AQHA Champion Aledo Bar (who went on to sire 17 AQHA Champions) and bred American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer, 1977 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity winner and NCHA leading sire Peppy San Badger (“Little Peppy”).

One of the all-time leading horsemen in the American Quarter Horse industry, Fulton in his own name bred the race earners of more than $17.8 million, including 1984 world champion Dashs Dream (the track-record-setting Dash For Cash mare who earned $1,119,610) and 1991 world champion Special Leader. He is racing’s No. 3 all-time leading breeder by money earned, behind only Dr. Ed Allred and Vessels Stallion Farm. He is also the breeder of Grade 1 winner and top sire Mr Eye Opener. Other Grade 1 winners bred by Fulton include The Informant, Daring Difference, Jess Destined, Illusioneiress and Victory Defined, and he bred and raced standout horses such as Reckless Dash (who sired the earners of more than $3 million), Flaming Jet (who finished second to Timeto Thinkrich in the 1973 All American Futurity) and Fashionisanattitude (second to champion Eyesa Special in the 2000 All American).

Owners: Joe Kirk Fulton died August 1 at age 81.Tayte Me Down races for the Fulton family’s Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches LP of Lubbock, Texas.

Trainer: Tayte Me Down is trained by Mike Robbins, who has saddled 304 winners and the earners of more than $5.64 million from 1,660 starters. Robbins trained world champion Special Leader in 1991 and world champion Dashs Dream ($1,119,610) in 1984, who that same year scored in the All American Derby. Robbins quit training in 1994 but returned in 2012. His current stable is followed monthly in the “Making Runners” column in The Q-Racing Journal.

Qualifying jockey: Tayte Me Down is ridden by Jose Amador Alvarez, who has ridden the winners of 393 races and the earners of more than $4.18 million from 3,292 mounts. Alvarez has won four Grade 1 races, including the 2006 Ruidoso Derby aboard Winninginthebuff.

Pedigree: Tayte Me Down is by Joe Kirk Fulton’s homebred 1991 world champion Special Leader ($292,605) a son of Special Effort out of a full sister to Mr Eye Opener who died in 2012. From 751 starters in 19 crops raced, Special Leader has sired champion Leading Spirit ($811,413), 63 other stakes winners, 438 other winners and the earners of more than $13.37 million.

Tayte Me Down is the first foal out of her stakes placed dam, Defining Difference, a daughter of Grade 1 winner Daring Difference. She is a half sister to stakes winners Ethics Aside (by Mr Jess Perry, $136,344) and Sweet Oblivion (by Mr Jess Perry, $53,704).