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Pedigree Analysis: Downwiththequickness

This stakes winning gelding represents a family's passion.

By Andrea Caudill
Q-Racing Journal
September 24, 2013

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Downwiththequickness wins the New Mexico State Fair Senor Futurity. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Terry Smith’s Downwiththequickness got up in the $76,452 New Mexico State Fair Senor Futurity (RG3) to win by a widening 1 1/4 lengths over the 400 yards. It was the first stakes win for the gelding, who is now 3-for-6 in his career with earnings of $48,681 for his owner – who also happens to be his breeder and trainer. The horse has won his last three races and was the fastest qualifier going into the Senor Futurity.

Downwiththequickness represents a true family operation. Terry, of Santaquin, Utah, is a 20-year cumulative breeder who also happens to be the breeder of the gelding’s parents, sire Be Real Quick and dam One Desperate Lady, as well as two additional generations on the bottom side.

“This horse, he’s still learning,” noted Terry of Downwiththequickness. “Every time we run him, you can see him getting better and better and better.”

Terry works in partnership with his wife, Marie, who breeds and raises the horses from foaling until they’re ready to hit the racetrack. Terry’s son, Te Jay, works with him training the horses, including galloping and caring for the horses. It is also Te Jay who came up with Downwiththequickness’ name.

Downwiththequickness’ sire, Be Real Quick, is a son of Royal Quick Dash out of the Dr. Ed Allred-bred mare Be Real Now by The Signature. Terry purchased Be Real Now as a yearling and saw her win or place in 23 of 43 starts, including a third-place finish in the 1994 Los Alamitos Derby (G1). Be Real Now earned $71,377 in her career, and Be Real Quick was her only foal.

Be Real Quick hit the ground in 2000, and won or placed in 16 of 22 starts with earnings of $69,203. He won the Los Alamitos Million Juvenile Invitational (RG3), Burbank Handicap and Ocean View Handicap while outrunning good horses like Stel Corona ($111,584), Azyoucansee ($147,475), Classic Sassy Chic ($221,377) and Flys R Streakin ($239,535).

From a very limited amount of foals, Be Real Quick has sired 13 winners, including two stakes winners, from 24 starters and earnings of more than $300,000. Be Real Quick stands at Intermountain Equine at Spanish Fork, Utah.

The 13-year-old Lanes Leinster mare One Desperate Lady won or placed in six of 15 starts. Terry also bred her dam, Desperately (Sixty Sir-Miss Shalaco by Unojo (TB)), who won the 1991 Beehive Futurity (R), and her second dam Miss Shalaco (Unojo (TB)-Jackpot Winn by Clabbers Jackpot).

“(One Desperate Lady) was a horse we used to race after we’d work,” Terry said. “Me and my wife both worked, and we’d train at night and haul on the weekends to race.”

One Desperate Lady has shown a nick with Be Real Quick, as her first foal was Silver Dollar Futurity (RG3) winner Mr Quickster ($47,969). Her second foal, Lucy Be Quick, showed promise before she was killed during a training accident before she could start. Downwiththequickness is the mare’s third foal. Her dam, Desperately, also was crossed on Be Real Quick and produced the consistent winner Quick Speed ($44,472). One Desperate Lady foaled a full sister to Downwiththequickness this spring, and is bred back to the same cross.

The 7-year-old Mr Quickster is currently employed as a barrel racing horse for the Smiths’ granddaughter, Josie. Marie patterned the horse for the barrels, and he has proved he is also skilled on the cloverleaf. Josie has been running him successfully in high school rodeo and National Barrel Horse Association competition against professional riders.

“When Josie started adding speed work, it was fun to watch it,” the proud grandfather said. “She had never ridden a horse that had this horse’s kind of speed. It was fun to watch those two get better and better and come together. They are a force to be reckoned with. It’s really cool.”

For now, Downwiththequickness will head home for a bit of a vacation before returning to the racetrack next year.

“They’re really quiet horses,” Terry said when asked about the personality of the family of horses he has raised for more than 30 years. “Up there where we live, we use our horses. We don’t just race them. We’ll be going elk hunting or something, and we ride these horses. They are just really good minded. These horses will go home and we’ll ride them up in the mountains and just enjoy them. I feel like it lets a horse down from the race training and gives him time to take a breath.”