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Sisters of fortune in the Bitterroot Derby and Futurity


June 17, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

A big gray filly named Gigarad has made her mark on Quarter Horse racing with a strong performance in the Grade 2 Bitterroot Futurity worth $101,537 run on May 29 at Pocatello Downs in Idaho. The winner, a daughter of Dash to Chivato out of the stakes winning mare Megarad, by Proudest Effort, cruised to the wire in the 350 yard contest with Travis Hamilton in the irons in a time of :17.491 to post a speed index of 102.

Remarkably, another filly and full sister to Gigarad, three-year-old A Meg A Jet, conquered the field of the $21,930 Bitterroot Derby on the same afternoon. A Meg A Jet, also with Travis Hamilton in the irons, dueled down the lane with Blue Grass Cowboy piloted by Mark Boag, and then held off a fast closing Down the List with Jay Conklin at the reins. A Meg A Jet finished the 400 yard course in :19.811 to post a speed index of 108.

Both horses were bred by Drue Kunz of Two Bits Ranch located in Hyde Park, Utah and are trained by Jay Pitcher. Gigarad is owned by Kyle Woolf of Shelley, Idaho, and A Meg A Jet is owned by David McArthur of Smithfield, Utah.

Read more in the July issue of The Racing Journal!