Q-Racing Blog: Breeding of the Champ

Q-Racing Blog: Breeding of the Champ

Racing’s princess, Whistle Stop Cafe, is the sport’s 2020 world champion.

Whistle Stop Cafe all american futurity photo- bee silva

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By Ty Wyant

A championship title is the most cherished award a racing American Quarter Horse can receive, and the world champion title is the singular championship title that every owner and breeder desires for one of their horses.

One of the main reasons for the respect these awards receive is their longevity. Track records are broken, however a championship can’t be taken away. The vast majority of track athletes say they would prefer an Olympic gold medal over a world record.

Whitmire Ranch’s 2020 world champion Whistle Stop Cafe may now be the most valuable female racing Quarter Horse. She has the race record – undefeated – in  six starts with wins in the Grade 1 Rainbow and All American futurities and the Heritage Place Juvenile – and  the breeding to back the title.

Whistle Stop Cafe helped give her breeder, Bobby D. Cox, his third champion breeder title in five years. He won the award in 2016 and 2017 to go with his 2020 award. This adds to the permanent recognition that the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member’s breeding operation has earned.

Cox also bred and owns champion Ratification. In addition to $1,974,986 earner Whistle Stop Cafe, Cox bred her dam, Sinuous, and owns her sire, Freighttrain B. Freighttrain B won the Black Gold Futurity Championship (RG3), the Oklahoma Derby and the restricted Black Gold Derby.

A son of PYC Paint Your Wagon, Freighttrain B has sired Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner BV Midnite Express, PCQHRA Breeders’ Derby winner Moonie Blues and OHA Mystery Futurity (G3) winner By Byefreighttrain from his list of stakes winners.

The cross of Freighttrain B on Sinuous gives Whistle Stop Cafe linebreeding to Dash For Cash (4S x 5D), First Down Dash (4S x 5S), Special Effort (5S x 5S) and Beduino (TB) (5S x 4D).

Sinuous, by Mr Jess Perry, was second in the Dash For Cash Derby (G2) and third in the Heritage Place Derby (G1). Her production record has been superlative. In addition to Whistle Stop Cafe, Sinuous has produced Sam Houston Derby (G3) winner So Rapido, Two Rivers Stakes (G3) winner Marfilmio and the stakes-placed trio of Mansory, Cannonball Run and Bigtime Connoisseur.

Second dam No Fees won the TQHA Sale Futurity (RG1), Texas Juvenile Challenge and the Miss Houston Stakes.

No Fees, by Runaway Winner, is also the dam of Sam Houston Classic (G2) winner Hawkeye, who qualified for the All American Futurity (G1) and the Rainbow Derby (G1). No Fees also produced the stakes-placed pair of Andorite and Heavy Croozer.

Zenergy, a First Down Dash-sired daughter of No Fees, has produced stakes winners Zenergetic and Enthusiastique.

Third dam Feefees Celebration, by Takin On The Cash, is the second dam of four-time Canadian stakes winner Zip Code.

The foundation of Whistle Stop Cafe’s female family is her fourth dam Fitting Celebration, the 2004 Broodmare of the Year, who won the Speedhorse Gold & Silver Cup in track record time and is a champion producer.

Fitting Celebration produced champion 3-year-old colt Brimmerton, winner of the All American Derby (G1) and the Rainbow Derby (G1).

The Ronas Ryon-sired Fitting Celebration is the dam of Gone Celebrating – winner  of The Championship at Sunland Park (G1), Sam Houston Classic (G2), Classic Chevrolet Stakes (RG3) and the Classic Chevrolet Heartbeat of America Handicap (RG3) – and  Alex Picov Memorial Championship winner Mitford.

This is the family of champion 3-year-old colt Duponte, out of Jess Celebrating’s daughter Havanah Goodtime.

It isn’t news that a Cox-bred horse is well bred. Whistle Stop Cafe is a diamond in the long list of Cox-bred jewels.

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