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Misty & Montgomery Beat the Field - Barrel Racing Report

Misty & Montgomery Beat the Field - Barrel Racing Report

Misty & Montgomery Beat the Field - Barrel Racing

fast horses, fast news Published Weekly Online at www.BarrelRacingReport.com - Since 2007 Old Fort Days Futurity Everyone involved in the barrel futurity industry works hard every day breeding, training and buying to get their 4 year old colts to be at their best at the end of May for the Old Fort Days Futurity in Ft Smith, Arkansas. During a sometimes grueling week of competition the best 4 year olds rise to the top and run in the richest fi nals round in the country on Saturday night. This year’s Old Fort Days Futurity was again held at Kay Rodgers Park May 19-26. There were over 400 entered in this year’s futurity with a little over 300 actually running. Out of those entered, Brittany Pozzi and Ima Super Fly Guy (Frenchmans Guy-Streakin Six Babe, Streakin Six) rose to the top in the trials, running a 16.823, the second fastest time of the weekend. Placing second in the trials was No Mojo (Scrutinizer-Group Hug, Zan Parr Deck), owned by Paris Wixon with Jody Dorman on board and back in third was Kn Fabs Mist Of Fame (Frenchmans Fabulous-Mistys Dash Of Fame, Dash Ta Fame), owned by Robin Weaver and handled by Jolene Montgomery. No checks are awarded in the Futurity Trials, not only do the top 40 advance onto the Finals, they are all guaranteed a check. So, going into Saturday Night the money was still up for grabs in a one run format. To say the least, the pressure was on. First hole pays $58,038 and second pays $26,117, everyone was gunning for the top spot. When the dust settled in the Finals, no one could get close to Jolene Montgomery and Kn Fabs Mist Of Fame. Even with Montgomery picking up a leg to avoid the second barrel, Kn Fabs Mist Of Fame (better known as Misty) beat the fi eld by a quarter of a second, which in barrel racing is similar to a daylight victory on the racetrack. Also, her blazing time of 16.763 was the fastest time of the whole weekend. Misty’s journey started years ago when Kenny Nichols bred the good Dash Ta Fame mare, Mistys Dash Of Fame to his stud Frenchmans Fabulous. After getting broke to ride as a 2 year old, current owner Robin Weaver from Mahaffey, Pennsylvania just had to have her. Turns out that was a pretty good buy! Through her 2 year old year and beginning of her 3 year old year, Weaver continued to ride her and start her trotting the pattern. After Old Fort Days last year (2011) she dropped her off with Jolene Montgomery, who right away could tell she had something special. “She showed tons of talent right off the bat and was a beautiful mover but had a short attention span.” said Montgomery. Montgomery knew if she took her time she would eventually have a “good” one. So she didn’t let her lope the pattern until September and didn’t enter a futurity until the Greg Olson and PacWest MAY 29, 2012 Volume 7 : Issue 21 In this issue... • D&G Productions, pg. 11 • Barrel Bash, pg. 20 • BRN4D Finals, pg. 23 • Pro Rodeo Results pg. 30 • CC5D, pg. 33 • OFD Horse Sale Results, pg. 37 Misty & Montgomery Beat the Field Frenchmans Guy Frenchmans Fabulous Caseys Charm KN Fabs Mist Of Fame 2008 Sorrel Filly Dash Ta Fame si 113 Mistys Dash Of Fame Misty Blurr si 97 Sun Frost Frenchman’s Lady Tiny Circus si 97 Casey’s Ladylove First Down Dash si 105 Sudden Fame si 98 Murrtheblurr tb Mamma Soul Kirk si 86 Rider: Jolene Montgomery; Owner: Robin Weaver; Breeder: Kenny Nichols futurities in Arizona over the winter. It takes lots of patience dealing with futurity colts whether you are a trainer or owner and it was no different with Misty. “I have been telling her (Robin Weaver) since December how nice the mare was but up until this she had only won about $1500 because we had drug over about $30k of barrels.” quipped Montgomery. “I knew going in (to the Finals) if I left the barrels up we would be in the top 3. I had to change the way I ride to keep her from hitting barrels. I really had to ride her like an open horse and keep my hands up by her ear instead of keeping my hands close to the horn like I prefer. I knew how nice this mare was and I was determined to show everyone else how nice she was too.” said Montgomery. The patience and determination of Montgomery and Weaver paid off with a $58K check at the end of the long week at Old Fort Days. Even though Jolene Montgomery is no stranger to the winner’s circle this was her biggest win to date. Prior to this victory she won Reserve Champion at Old Fort Days Futurity on Aced My Bully and was the OFD Derby Champion on JL Dash Ta Heaven in the same year (2010). In 2009, she won the Reserve Champion in the OFD Futurity on Return Of The Bully. Old Fort Days Continued on Page 4

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