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Pedigree Analysis: Wagon Tales

By Andrea Caudill
Q-Racing Journal
August 26, 2013

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Wagon Tales. PHOTO: Andrea Caudill

Only about 150 hours remain before one of the most anticipated events in American Quarter Horse racing, and Wagon Tales is sitting in the cat bird’s seat. The bay colt earned his way into the September 2, $2.6 million All American Futurity (G1) by posting the overall fastest qualifying time from two days of trials -- :21.021 – from more than 250 times recorded.

Owned by JNB Enterprises LLC and trained by Judd Kearl, the horse has never been worse than third in five career starts and earned $165,061, including a third-place finish behind Big Biz Perry and fellow All American qualifier Hes Relentless in the $910,260 Heritage Place Futurity (G1).

Bred by The Mixer Ranch of Edmond, Oklahoma, Wagon Tales is all about speed. He is sired by PYC Paint Your Wagon and out of the Shazoom mare Signs Zoomer.

PYC Paint Your Wagon has shown tremendous speed out of the gate in his young stud career. Owned by breeder Michael and Donalda Pohl, the horse while he was racing was a three-time Grade 1 winner who earned $889,581. His stakes wins include the Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity and Heritage Place and Texas Classic derbies, as well as the Lazy E Futurity (RG2). He was also second in champion Leading Spirit’s Rainbow Futurity (G1) and closed his career with a second place finish to champion Gotta Get in the 2006 The Championship at Sunland Park (G1).

The 10-year-old son of Corona Cartel has from four crops to race sired the earners of more than $10.8 million, and last year lead the list of sires by money earned and by winners, was the No. 2 sire by 2-year-old money earned (behind only freshman sire One Famous Eagle) and was the sport’s leading third-crop sire. From 405 starters he has 241 winners, including 42 stakes winners.  He is currently the 2013 leading sire by money earned and by winners, with $2,288,197 and 91, respectively.

He is the sire of two All American Futurity qualifiers – he is also the sire of Wagon Full Of Gold.

The stallion is by leading living sire Corona Cartel and out of the Strawfly Special mare Dashin Follies, a daughter of world champion Dashing Folly who in 2010 set a record price for a broodmare sold at public auction of $875,000. The mare also produced PYC Paint Your Wagon’s full brother, Grade 1 placed Ivory James ($220,026) and Grade 1-placed Eye Follies (by Mr Eye Opener, $101,315).

PYC Paint Your Wagon stands at Royal Vista Ranches at Wayne, Oklahoma.

Wagon Tales’ dam is a 7-year-old daughter of Shazoom out of the Vital Sign mare Stylish Sign. She was bred by Jill Mixer and is now owned by Tom Lepic, and on the track she won or placed in three of eight starts while earnings $30,044. Those starts included a fourth-place appearance in the 2008 Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Futurity (RG2).

Wagon Tales is one of two 2-year-olds for the mare, her first foals (her other is a filly by Pappasito named Zoomin Lizzie Beth ($12,856)). She also has a yearling filly by Ivory James named PT Stylish Ivory.

Signs Zoomer is out of the Vital Sign mare Stylish Sign, a Jerry Windham-bred campaigner who won or placed in 12 of 34 starts. This mare has also crossed extraordinarily well with PYC Paint Your Wagon – her three foals by the stallion include Grade 1 winner First Painted Sign ($284,911) and stakes winner Second Painted Sign ($100,604). (The aptly named Third Painted Sign is unstarted.) Stylish Sign’s dam is a half sister to the multiple Grade 1 winner Easy Conversation (by Easy Sage, $534,854).

PYC Paint Your Wagon nicked on a Shazoom mare is proving to be very successful. In addition to Wagon Tales, stakes winner Lota PYC ($318,307) demonstrates the same cross. In addition, Grade 2 winner Brace For Bernal ($322,326) is yet another example of a Corona Cartel son (Furyofthewind) crossed on a Shazoom daughter.