By Andrea CaudillQ-Racing JournalApril 14, 2014
Boi George returns after winning the West Texas Futurity. PHOTO: Coady Photography
This year’s edition of Sunland Park’s $267,651 West Texas Futurity, which this year was downgraded to a Grade 2, was a fairly wide-open affair. A full 90 percent of the starters in the field were making only their second start, while just one horse – El Damazo – was making his third start.
At the wire, it was Miguel and Mauricio Gallegos’ Boi George by a half length over El Damazo. Boi George, who at 16-1 paid his backers $34.20 on a $2 bet, is now 2-for-2 with earnings of $130,896.
Boi George was bred by Jack Manning of Odessa, Texas, and is a gelded son of Teller Cartel out of the Feature Mr Jess mare Rebas Feature. In his own name, Manning in seven years has bred 15 starters with cumulative earnings of more than $230,000, including stakes winner Solid Anita Jo. Boi George is his biggest winner to date. The horse, then an unnamed yearling, was sold at the 2013 Winter Mixed Sale at Heritage Place for $4,000.
Teller Cartel set his name in the history books by breaking his maiden – in the 2005 All American Futurity (G1). Racing to a neck victory over a game Arealstraitheart over a track deluged by rain, the brown colt made his 24-member, 10-share ownership syndicate very happy. He would end his racing career that year as well, finishing third in Higher Fire’s Golden State Million Futurity (G1) and sixth in Value The Man’s Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1). He retired with earnings of $1,212,471 and was the champion 2-year-old colt.
Now with six crops to race, the 11-year-old lives alongside his sire, Corona Cartel, as a resident in the Lazy E Ranch’s stud barn in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Teller Cartel has sired the earners of more than $7.1 million. From 349 starters he has 182 winners (52 percent) and has sired 16 stakes winners. Among them is three-time Grade 1 winner Llano Teller ($1,769,917) and Grade 1 winner Cartel Quick ($317,100).
Manning bought Rebas Feature as a yearling from the mare’s breeder, Jacque Tanton of Llano, Texas. She is a 2004 daughter of Feature Mr Jess out of the Zevi (TB) mare Remarkable Reba. Her sire and dam were both accomplished runners, but Rebas Feature did not show much on the track. She retired with $951 in earnings and a career-high 85 speed index
Rebas Feature has produced two winners from four starters, with Boi George her first stakes winner.
The mare, however, comes from a rich family. Her dam, Remarkable Reba, won the 1992 Lazy E National Quarter Horse Jockey 350 Championship, carrying Jerry Lee Yoakum to defeat a field of riders that included jockeys such as Tami Purcell, Jerry Nicodemus, Jacky Martin, Bubba Brossette and Kip Didericksen, and horses Love This Candy (dam of the earners of more than $400,000) and stakes producer Chew Chew Cha Boogie. Remarkable Reba was also second in the Heritage Place Derby (RG1) and placed in two additional stakes, and retired with earnings of $72,131 from 26 starts.
She is the dam of 11 starters, with seven having returned winners and two of those stakes winners. Her first runner was her fourth foal, a Chicks Beduino son named Bad Boy Willy who was third in the Ruidoso Derby (then a Grade 2, now a Grade 1) and earned $71,614.
She hit the jackpot on her sixth foal, the First Down Dash mare Dashing Little Reba. Making 30 starts, Dashing Little Reba won the Rainbow Juvenile Invitational (RG3), was third in the West Texas Derby (G2) and fourth in the Texas Classic Futurity (G1). She earned $145,059 in her racing career, and moved on to her broodmare career. There, she has produced 10 winners from 16 starters. They include stakes winners Reba Reba Corona (by Corona Cartel, $126,888), Rebas Corona (by Corona Cartel, $43,967), Grade 1-placed runners Zoomin Fool (by Azoom, $103,655) and Zoomdasher (by Azoom, $109,434), and recent West Texas Derby (G3) winner I Azoomed You Knew (by Azoom, $92,429). Dashing Little Reba, now owned by Brazilian Fernando Henrique Frare Bertin, also has the distinction of being the dam of Spoonful Of Dash – a mare by cutting stallion Hes A Peptospoonful – who is enrolled in the Bank of America Racing Challenge and has earned $5,499 in National Cutting Horse Association competition.
Dashing Little Reba’s 2002 Separatist filly, Arriba Reba, is also owned by Manning and was a stakes winner and Grade 1 competitor during her $63,901-earning racing career. She is the dam of four winners from eight starters, including stakes winner Solid Anita Jo (by Rock Solid Jess, $31,158).
Rebas Feature’s second dam, Brenda’s Jet, was a daughter of Jet Deck and was a stakes-placed runner in her career. She is also the dam the stakes-placed Brendas Cupa Tea (by Azure Te (TB), $10,264). She is a half sister to stakes winners Azure Fair (by Azure Te (TB), $87,641), Baby Red Bird (by Good Bird (TB), $1,366) and Indian Weaver (by Hempen (TB), $2,663), and major earners Truck N Stuff (by Strate Stuff (TB), $58,638), Roll Your Glass (by Raise Your Glass (TB), $46,652) and Good Old Joe (by Good Bird (TB), $29,644).
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