Challenge Championships: I V Ready

I V Gone looks for a big win in the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship.

By Andrea Caudill
Q-Racing Journal
November 6, 2013

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I V Gone and Tana Caldwell. PHOTO: Andrea Caudill

I V Gone is a tall, strapping and pure black horse. He towers over his young trainer, Tana Caldwell, but she handles him confidently and with affection.

After all, Tana has been around horses all her life and has racehorses in the blood. On Saturday, she will lead I V Gone up to the Los Alamitos saddling paddock to contest the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1). She trains the horse for her mom, Robbin Caldwell, and her dad’s cousin, Dan Salisbury.

The Ivory James gelding is coming into the race off a sharp victory in the Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge (G3) on September 29.

“(I V Gone) has been really maturing a whole lot,” Tana says. “We liked him as a 2-year-old, but he’s a big colt and a late bloomer.”

Tana was attending college at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma, studying horse and ranch management, and rodeoing, when she got the opportunity to start training. It was a natural fit, as she follows in the footsteps of her mom, who was also a trainer.

Tana sent out her first horse in 2009, and oversees a small string of mostly family horses. With limited starters, she has trained the earners of more than $250,000. She also trained MT Rob This Corona to win the 2011 Don Steele Memorial Stakes.

“I’ve always been in the game, and always loved it,” Tana says of her training career.

I V Gone is hoping to provide her biggest payday yet. The gelding has raced 14 times, with four wins, two seconds and a third and career earnings of $50,171. He appears to be improving of late, as his most recent starts include a 300-yard optional claimer at Fair Meadows in which he was flying late and just missed in second, then a game third-place finish, a half-length off the pace, in the Adequan trials. He returned in the final to win by a neck and earn a 101 speed index.

I V Gone was bred by L.P. Frank of Bokchito, Oklahoma. Sire Ivory James was a Grade 1-placed runner and is a full brother to leading sire PYC Paint Your Wagon. From three crops to race, Ivory James has sired the earners of more than $4.5 million. He is the No. 3 third-year sire this year.

Dam Bye Bye Bygones was bred by the legendary American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member Joe Kirk Fulton out of the Chicks Beduino mare Sweet Adios. Sired by Takin On The Cash, the mare has produced four winners from five starters. They include stakes-placed runner Bye Bye Cartel (by Southern Cartel, $66,160). Her dam is a half sister to sires Dashin Bye, Sweet First Down and Strong Hope.

And now I V Gone is looking to step up on the big stage.

“He’s maturing mind-wise, body-wise…everything’s just coming together for him,” Tana says.