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Pedigree Analysis: Cold Cash 123

Bank of America Remington winner is a mix of durability and classic northern blood.

By Andrea Caudill
Q-Racing Journal
May 13, 2013

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Cold Cash 123 leads The Sunday Assassin and BF Farm Boy. PHOTO: Dustin Orona

The winner’s circle of the $101,340 Bank of America Remington Championship Challenge (G2) at Remington Park on Sunday featured a familiar face.

The 2011 world champion Cold Cash 123 returned to the circle for the first time in eight months, winning the race – and punching his ticket to the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) – with a neck victory.

Cold Cash 123 is a homebred racing for Carolyn and Walter Bay’s T-Bill Stables of Clare, Michigan. The dark bay gelding was born and raised in Michigan, but his career has been in the south. The 5-year-old Cold Cash 123 has won 13 of his 22 career starts, placed in three additional races and has earned $1,326,216. The horse has won Grade 1 victories in each of his prior racing seasons, and has won a Grade 1 at every single racetrack he has run at. His seven Grade 1 victories are the Southwest Juvenile Championship, Rainbow Derby, Texas Classic Derby, The Championship at Sunland Park, Leo Stakes, Remington Park Invitational Championship and Go Man Go Handicap. He has raced at six tracks (Lone Star Park, Los Alamitos, Remington Park, Ruidoso Downs, Sunland Park and Zia Park) in four states during his career. To date, he has won every stakes race he has run at Remington Park.

He has been trained for most of his career by C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath; Denny Ekins conditioned the world champion during his recent Los Alamitos campaign.

Cold Cash 123 followed in sire Oak Tree Special’s footsteps, as he was world champion in his sophomore season. The gelding was the champion 3-year-old gelding, champion 3-year-old and world champion after a dominant season in 2011.

The recently deceased Oak Tree Special, who was the sport’s world champion in 2003, was owned by Raul Rubalcava and stood at Robicheaux Ranch at Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Sired by Special Task, he was out of the Easy Dozen mare Easy Lady Oak.

Oak Tree Special indicated a distinct durability in his racing career, racing 26 times in three years, 13 of those in his world champion run. The stallion won 16 races and placed in four additional ones and earned $628,470. His six stakes wins include the Grade 1 Remington Park, Retama Park, Dash For Cash and Texas Classic derbies. His sire, Special Task, won or placed in 15 of 19 starts.

From seven crops to race, Oak Tree Special has sired the earners of more than $9.1 million. In 2012, he was ninth on the list of sires by money earned with more than $2.4 million in earnings. During the year, his starters averaged 5.07 starts, which was the highest average starts for any sire in the top 10 by earnings. He is also the sire of champion 2-year-old gelding El Duero ($285,378).

In the 2012 list of top 20 sires, Oak Tree Special was one of two tail-male representatives of American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member Special Effort and his sire, Raise Your Glass (TB), the other being Desirio, sire of champion 2-year-old filly PJ Chick In Black ($623,919). Special Effort, seven years after his death, is No. 13 on the list of all-time sires by money earned, with progeny earnings of more than $18.9 million and six champions to his credit. Raise Your Glass (TB), who died in 1992, is in the top 50.

Cold Cash 123’s dam Hot Cash 123 traces from a family of Michigan’s good stakes horses. The mare and her dam, To Hot To Hug, are from the breeding program of Dr. Walter and Barbara Conley of Remus, Michigan. For more than 20 years, the Conleys bred and raced good horses that earned nearly $400,000 on the racetrack, most of them running at Upper Midwest tracks where a stakes winner’s take-home earnings typically was a few thousand dollars.

In the late 1990s, the Conleys’ health forced them to disperse their stock, and with the well-being of their horses foremost in their mind, they turned to their friend Carolyn Bay and made a deal. Three mares headed to T Bill Ranch: 21-year-old Lou Etta Deck, her 17-year-old daughter Tiny Lou Etta and Tiny Lou Etta’s daughter, 11-year-old To Hot To Hug.

Lou Etta Deck would enjoy her well-earned retirement grazing lush Michigan pasture; Tiny Lou Etta would with her final foal produce graded stakes winner Fanci Ending 123 (by Dashing Cleat, $35,363).

To Hot To Hug was a stakes-placed runner and earner of $4,431, and has produced nine winners from 12 starters, with earnings of more than $220,000. They include stakes winner Overpowered (by Striking Bunny, $36,434), who would go on to be a champion chariot racing horse; stakes winner Hot Hugger (by Striking Bunny, $23,645); and stakes-placed runners Streakin Joe 123 (by Streakin La Jolla, $23,169), Shesa Lady 123 (by Separatist, $32,542), Could Hug Myself (by Striking Bunny, $8,750) and Mega Gem 123 (by Duck Dance Too, $4,377). Crossed to Takin On The Cash, in 2002 she foaled Hot Cash 123.

“I bred to Takin On The Cash several times,” Carolyn said in a 2012 interview. “I thought he produced good bone, good feet and a good mind. And he did. And we got 'Hot Cash.' ”

The Bays sent many of their horses to American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame trainer Jack Brooks. The legendary trainer sent out the winners of more than $37 million in his career, including the Bays’ Friday 123 (Rare Form-Love Ya Lucy by Last Hurrah), who was a Grade 1-placed runner and earner of $141,915. One of the Bay prospects Brooks got was Hot Cash 123, who made five of her seven lifetime starts at Ruidoso Downs. She never broke her maiden – her best career finishes were two thirds in maiden races. In her final out, she was bumped severely in mid-stretch and slab fractured her knee.

“When she got in that trailer, that’s when we made the decision,” Carolyn told the Q-Racing Journal. “I said to Jack, it’s too far to take her (to Michigan), but I’d like to save her for a broodmare. He said he’d see if he could get her better enough to go home. That’s when we decided not to put that mare down. Jack took her back to the farm and made her better. She’s better now.”

Hot Cash 123 returned to Michigan and began her broodmare career. Carolyn is active in the American Paint Horse Association, and subsequently bred Hot Cash 123 to Judys Lineage (PT), resulting in American Paint Horse I Do One Two Three (named as he was born during the wedding of a family friend). ‘I Do’ was his sport’s world champion in 2010.

With Cold Cash’s world championship, it gave the 10-year-old Hot Cash 123 an unprecedented broodmare achievement – two overall world champions in two years from her first two foals.

The mare’s second registered American Quarter Horse foal is Buster 123, a colt by Corona For Me, who only made two starts as a 2-year-old, but on Sunday posted the second-fastest qualifying time to the $275,000-est. Heritage Place Derby (G2) after winning his trial by 1 1/2 lengths.

She also has a yearling colt by FDD Dynasty named Sunny D 123.

Cold Cash 123 defeated Tana Price’s The Sunday Assassin in the Remington Challenge. This 4-year-old gelding is by FDD Dynasty and out of the Oh Shiney mare Oh Dusty Bunny. Bred by Corner K Quarter Horses of Fayetteville, Arkansas, The Sunday Assassin has won or placed in 10 of 14 career starts and earned $90,768. From the first of three crops to race for his champion sire, he is one of nine stakes winners by the son of First Down Dash. FDD Dynasty has sired the earners of more than $2.9 million.

Dam Oh Dusty Bunny was a race winner and from nine starters has produced seven winners. They include Chicks Gray Blurr (by Chicks A Blazin, $167,574), Dustys Alibi (by Now I Know, $129,748) and Dash On Line (by Toast To Dash, $106,988). She is also the dam of race winner Bye Bye Baby Goodbye (by Takin On The Cash), who produced the Country Chicks Man mare Sumokin ($307,315).

Third-place finisher BF Farm Boy is a full brother to champion Strawkins ($613,406). Owned by breeder Don Boyle in partnership with Wade Siegel, BF Farm Boy has earned $124,472 in his career. The gelding is by Hawkinson and out of the Strawfly Special mare Shirleys Strawfly. His sire, a son of First Down Dash, was a champion on the track and has sired the earners of more than $9.3 million. Shirleys Strawfly was a race winner and has produced the earners of more than $1.1 million, including five stakes winners. In addition to Strawkins, she has also produced stakes winners Mr Eye Will (by Mr Eye Opener, $57,173), Raining Fresh Daisys (by Takin On The Cash, $31,432), Summit Bid (by Mountains Majesty, $79,563) and BF Farm Girl (by First Down Dash, $42,270).