Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Greyhound of the Month

Shanett, Jump N Jive, Aerial Battle, TB’s Final Stand

By Gary Guccione   Fri, Aug 05, 2011

Southland, Bluffs Run and St. Pete produced the quartet of stake stars being spotlighted this time around. Many others are worthy of coverage here, but with the Review now a bi-monthly, it prevents top billing for all that have excelled the past two months. That said, be sure to take a minute to make note of the Honorable Mentions at column’s end—this month and in the future.
Most recent star to rise is young Shanett, Marc Randle’s winner of the $55,000 Southland 5/16 Derby in W. Memphis on July 1. Racing for the Robert Thorne Kennel, Shanett beat a stellar field in the final, upping her 2011 record to 17-4-1-1 in 23 Southland starts. Earlier this year, Shanett captured the Southland Spring Juvenile.

Moreover, Shanett’s littermate brother, Taqzun, finished fourth in the same race. Taqzun has a nice 7-5- 2-4 mark in 20 Southland starts.

Shanett and Taqzun are June 2009 products of Rhythmless- Maybix. (Randle and Thorne had yet another Rhythmless pup make the final—Trougelz, out of Kiffie). Rhythmless, a former Wheeling sprint great, has shown to be an effective outcross to most of America’s stock—a refreshing step outside of the traditional mainstream of Commander/Gable Dodge/ Oshkosh Racey bloodlines. The son of Jimbo Scotty-Tempo Lizzie has well known lineages further back in his pedigree, but in his first three generations are names not frequently found in America’s more “standard” stock (check names on the accompanying pedigree to confirm). Australian (lots of Temlee, of course) and Irish blood is offered through the sire line Star Chariot*. The domestic portion of Rhythmless’ pedigree offers four entries of Downing (via Perceive behind Odd Spotliter, as well as through FMC’s Wake Up, JK’s Blue Cougar and Royal JB’s Zara).
Maybix, Shanett’s dam, is by another Wheeling star, Iruska All Star, lending P’s Raising Cain and HB’s Commander blood. Bipi, Maybix’ dam, goes back to Marc’s (and his father, Arvin’s) classic bloodline base ultimately connecting to Michigan Jack-Pay Joan—not through the usual Gurley, but through Gurley’s sister, Truly Fine.

Another stake winner since our last visit here was David Robinette’s Jump N Jive, who won the $60,000 Bluffs Run Derby on May 21 for Plum Creek Kennel. Jump N Jive is a March 2009 female out of Kiowa Mon Manny-Chill Chill, bringing together the frequently found combo of Flying Penske and Kiowa Sweet Trey blood.

Mon Manny is a Penske son—but even more than that, is linebred to Penske’s dam line, She’s A Natural, who also happens to show up behind Mon Manny’s mother Flying Monica K. She’s A Natural—therefore a key pedigree player here—was out of BJ’s Justin and Fast N Loose (sister to Rooster’s Spur, out of Rooster Cogburn-Dia’s Stormy Day). As if these feats weren’t enough, Fast N Loose is also in the tail dam line behind the super producer Touche Baby (mother of All-America Joe Hearns and a great Stan’s Boy Flyer litter, led by Brady Thomas and Hometown Boy).

Jump N Jive’s dam, Chill Chill, is by Kiowa Sweet Trey (former US sire champ and soon-to-be Hall Of Famer and source of another Rooster Cogburn-Dia’s Stormy Day entry, through Rooster’s Spur), out of Innate Speed. Her sire, Greys Statesman, is likely one source of Jump N Jive’s distance-running abilities (besides Racey and Unruly). So, too, might be the stock behind Innate Speed’s dam, Gone Out West— including Uncle Albert (the first to win both the Derby Lane Sprint and Distance Classics), Dutch Bahama (two-time American Derby winner) and Sandown Pinto, a long-distance runner whose dam Osage Go (also distance) was a sister to super-closing router Cherokee Go.

Jones blood leads all linebreeding behind Jump N Jive, with a total of eight entries through Onie and Kelly.

As the sprint mainstay for the Capabal Kennel and Henry Parker the last two years, Aerial Battle is a September 2007 son of Dodgem By Design-Abita Cruzin, bred and owned by John Bladen. The oftcombination of Gable Dodge and Kiowa Sweet Trey shows up here (in fact Battle’s sire Dodgem By Design and Sweet Trey, both January 2000s, competed in the same agegroup stake at a National meet in Abilene years ago; the super sires were, in fact, born just two days apart….) Dodgem’s credentials have been spotlighted in this column countless times for his many worthy offspring that have thrust him to the top of the Sire Standings.

Abita Cruzin, Aerial Battle’s dam, is bred very similarly to Flying Exquisite, the dam of Tiger Boy, who was featured in this column last issue (see p. 94, May/June Review). Both are by Sweet Trey, out of a female with a Wigwam Wag sire line. Cruzin’s dam line goes back to MP’s Emieschoice, who was out of Dangerous Choice (Shogun Warrior and the great female Carbella). Interestingly, Tiger Boy’s bottom dam line also goes back to Carbella, through HM Sion and her dam Romantic Lady.

The doubled-up Wigwam Wag is the closest linebreeding here—both entries “on the page.” Beyond that, the linebreeding is moderate, with President Day and Downing making multiple appearances, but quite far back.

Finally, another Southland hotshot, TB’s Final Stand, warrants listing here, mostly for his Memorial Day win in the Razorback Stake Championship—but also for his domination in sprints as well. In fact, he’s currently the track win leader and was favored to win the 5/16 Derby (won by Shanett—see above), but ran into trouble and finished fifth. Still in his first 26 starts, Final Stand had a sparkling record of 18-3-1-2 (having gone 8-6-1-2 in his Maiden season last year at Southland). That’s only two times off the paysheet in his entire career. Oh yes, and he set a new Southland track record of 31.48 in his firstround win of the Derby stake.

Bred by Troy Biehle and owned by Norm Rader, TB’s Final Stand is a November 2008 78-lb. red son of Dodgem By Design-Flying Exorcist. Yes—yet another multi-talented Dodgem; and yes, once again in tandem with a Kiowa Sweet Trey bitch (shades of Aerial Battle). Once again Greys Statesman comes into play—in exactly the same pedigree position as we found him behind Jump N Jive—contributing, no doubt, some endurance traits that make Final Stride equally formidable over 5/16 or 3/8. The bottom dam line goes back to He’s My Man (thus doubling up him—he also being grandfather to Dodgem). Suntan Babe, as the anchor dam was by K’s Flak and Sunsand Betty, a Downing female whose tail dam line goes back to the classic R.H. Walters brood Basic Black. With Crystal Sneakers being linebred to K’s Flak, and with TB’s Final Stand himself being linebred to Dutch Bahama, it pinpoints other ancestors who were equally adept at winning at either distance—a trait handily inherited by Final Stand himself.

Flying Exorcist’s story is one that could make your head spin (and not just because of her name…excuse the pun, Linda Blair). She was sold by Flying Eagles in the Fall 2007 NGA Auction to Ken Biehle for a mere $500, then transferred to Troy a year later. Besides having produced TB’s Final Stand, she also has an outstanding July 2009 litter by Yahoo Omar that quickly climbed the Palm Beach grade ladder for Norm Rader early this year.

Honorable Mention
Vince Berland’s Tiger Up A Tree, winner of the World Futurity at VictoryLand on Labor Day for the Allen Kennel, would have had his pedigree featured here this issue— had it not already appeared in last issue’s column for brother Tiger Boy’s win in the Hollywood World Classic. Both are by Flying Penske (Oshkosh Racey-She’s A Natural) and Flying Exquisite (Kiowa Sweet Trey-Gable Il Bacio). The champ set a new track record in the second round, while qualifying for the final See p. 95, last month’s issue for more details. Tiger Boy, meanwhile journeyed to Southland after the Futurity where he finished second in the Southland Derby Consolation.

It was another Berland ace, Flyin Carnoustie, who captured the Derby Lane first-half season win championship with 25 victories in 40 outings for the McAllister Kennel. Flyin Carnoustie is a son of Dragon Fire (Brett Lee-Hoops Slamdunk) and Flying Snap On (Kiowa Sweet Trey- Flying Rimes). Flying Snap On is a littermate to Flying Stanley, all-time leading money earner in the sport…. By the way, have you noticed how many of the dogs spotlighted and sub-spotlighted this issue are out of Kiowa Sweet Trey females?

GS Uncle Harry and littermate GS Uncle Henry ran 1-2 in the Jacksonville Puppy Stake on June 4 for owners and breeders Sharon L. and Gary M. Willis. They are a September 2009 duo out of Kelsos Fusileer (Gable Dodge-Lassinagh Silky*) and Steffie’s Mandy (Fortified Power-GS Steffie). Bottom dam line goes back to Unique Idea, who was from the Pat C Best Yet-Sherry Can Do family that has appeared in numerous champions over the years.

Finally, James Hambleton’s Storm Rush rushed home the winner in the St. Petersburg Derby on June 25 for the Royal Racing Team. Storm Rush is a September 2009 daughter of Kiowa Mon Manny (Flying Penske-Flying Monica K) and Sizzler Drive (TNT Star Wars- Essie Ecks Drive). If Sizzler Drive’s pedigree sounds familiar—well it should; she’s a littermate sister to Southland superstar Soprano Drive.


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