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Jacquay tops field in Bitterroot Futurity

June 28, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Phyllis Tryon
The Running A LLC’s (Dr. Glori Allen) Jacquay broke seventh from the 7-hole and was trailing the leaders at the top of the stretch in the $109,836 Bitterroot Futurity at Les Bois Park in Boise on June 2, but the bay gelding by Special Leader out of Societys Hi Streaker, by Society Road, made a driving finish and crossed the wire in front by a head with Travis Hamilton in the irons. The winning time for the 350-yard distance was :17.383 for a speed index of 105.

Jacquay spoiled the win for front-running Budderfly Effect with Freddie Martinez on board for the second time this season. Both horses competed in the Dixie Downs Quarter Horse Futurity in Utah earlier this year and finished in the same order.

Now four for four in his career, Jacquay picked up $43,934 for this win and has a total of $59,498 in his bankroll. As of June 19, he was rated number seven on the AQHA Top Two-year-old Gelding list for money earned this season.

The big bay gelding won his trial outing to the Bitterroot Futurity with the third fastest qualifying time of two days of trials. Budderfly Effect, owned by Double Bar S Ranch LLC and trained by Lin Melton, was the fastest overall qualifier, and trainer Jay Pitcher said, “I knew she’d be tough to outrun. She’s a nice filly. Them people have got a really nice horse there.”

“This colt, he’s been doing so good,” Pitcher said about Jacquay. “He’s just so easy to train. We drew the 3, 5, and 8 in the final (he had three horses qualify to the Bitterroot Futurity final), and Jacquay drew the 8, and he kind of slipped leaving. And that mare (Budderfly Effect) got a little bit in front of him but he run her down. And boy, they outrun the rest of the field. In St. George (Dixie Downs), they beat the field over two lengths, and up here, they beat them the same. It was almost the same finish. In St. George, I run first and third and fifth, and up here I run first and third and fourth with the same horses.”

With Budderfly Effect in the picture, it was almost a repeat of the top finishers in the Dixie Downs Futurity.

Jacquay was bred in New Mexico by Dr. Glori Allen of Helper, Utah. Allen got her first taste of racing when she became involved in The Girls, which owned All American Derby (G1) winner and Champion Old Habits. Jacquay is her first race-bred colt to hit the track. He makes her continuing success in Quarter Horse racing seem almost like a fairy tale.

Jacquay’s success is more of a fairy tale than meets the eye. A big, calm colt, he had a bad case of strangles as a young foal and didn’t have much prospect of even surviving, let alone becoming a race horse.

“Probably the first four months of his life, it was ugly. You know, he was just sick all the time,” Allen said. “He had strangles when he was three months old and didn’t seem to come out of that for a long time. He was skinny and just didn’t look like anything I’d want to keep,” she explained. In addition to his other on-going health problems, the colt was crooked. Allen was advised by long-time horse people to sell him for bottom dollar because they were sure he’d be stunted and below par the rest of his life.

“I’ve never been able to sell a horse in my life,” she said with a chuckle. “I will keep them forever.”

With lots of TLC and extra nutrition, Jacquay finally turned the corner and turned into a surprisingly very nice colt.

“Now he’s huge. He’s probably the biggest colt Jay has,” she said. Not only is he big, he’s exceptionally calm and has fooled the fans before a race into thinking he was lazy.

“At Dixie Downs, he was just standing in the paddock with his head down, and you could hear people talk behind me saying, ‘You can scratch that one ‘cause he’s dead-headed’…my horse is standing there like he’s 15 years old, so nobody thought he would do anything. He just goes and does his job.”

Somewhere in the U.S. is a man with the last name of Jacquay that has no idea a quality racing Quarter Horse carries his name. When it came time to pick a name for her colt, Allen was stumped.

“I’d had enough horses and ranch colts, and I was starting to run out of ideas for names. And it was kind of at a time in my life—my husband had passed away—and I was losing interest in a lot of things. I just couldn’t think of a name. I tried all these combinations of Special and Leader and I just didn’t like any of them.

“Finally I was at a medical conference and the speaker was very dull, and there was a guy sitting next to me whose nametag said, ‘Hershel Jacquay.’ And I thought, ‘That’s different; that’s simple. He’s (the horse) never going to do anything anyway, so it doesn’t matter. I’ll just name him that and I know it won’t be taken.”

It wasn’t.

Jacquay is now pointed toward the Silver Dollar at Wyoming Downs in Evanston with trials on July 4 and finals July 18. He will hopefully then be pointed toward a MBNA Challenge race in the fall.

Finishing third and fourth in the Bitterroot Futurity were two Pitcher-trained entries: A Meg a Jet, owned by David McArthur and ridden by Kelly Wahlen, and A Classic Mile, owned by Rosekelley and Wright Conquist and ridden by Jay Conklin. Third was worth $10,984 and fourth was worth $8,787.

Rest of field, with owner, trainer and jockey: American Purse, William Thompson, Bret Vickery, Berkley Packer; Lil Earl, Allie Sam, Mark Skeen, Cameron Colledge; Fly Chaser, Double Bar S Ranch, Joe Ruiz; Chicks Little Leader, Wayne Bowman, Bret Vickery, Shane Keele; and Victorys Wicked Lad, The Victory Group, Inc., James Glenn, Jr., Matt Williams.