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3/19 - Barrel Racing Report

3/19 - Barrel Racing Report

3/19 - Barrel Racing

fast horses, fast news Published Weekly Online at www.BarrelRacingReport.com - Since 2007 March 19, 2013 Volume 7: Issue 12 In this issue... • Diamonds & Dirt Derby, pg 14 • Barrel Racing Babies, pg 20 • Barrel Bash, pg 25 • Silver Spur, pg 29 • Pro Rodeos & World Standings, pg 32 Bubbling over - Hunter & Fizz win $53K at Rodeo Houston By Tanya Randall Nancy Hunter is going to Disneyland. She promised her 6-yearold granddaughter they’d make the trip if she won Rodeo Houston. With a $53,000 championship in hand, thanks to her talented horse Flit N Fizz (“Fuzz”) and the guidance of Fred, her husband of 38 years, the Hunters will be packing their bags for Anaheim, Calif., in their near future. “I’m still giddy as ever looking at that beautiful saddle and buckle,” said the registered nurse from Neola, Utah. “I’ve always wanted to run there but I’ve never dreamt that I would win Houston. The stars just lined up.” Hunter was up in the first bracket at Rodeo Houston, held Feb. 25-March 16 at the Reliant Center, after running at San Antonio. Her expectations weren’t very high since Fuzz had hurt himself in a turnout on break between runs. “I had run in the first bracket at San Antone and I had turned Fuzz out in this turnout,” she explained. “I don’t know how, but 20 minutes later he got his leg tore up in the fence, just below his knee. It wasn’t career ending or anything. I came back to San Antone; it looked pretty good so I went on and ran him in the semis but he just didn’t want to turn.” Hunter climbed on her 6-year-old cutting-bred gelding Wee Boss Man, by CD Lights out of Ote Darlin, by Hickoryote, to finish out San Antonio. With the rest, Fuzz’s leg had gone down some and she was able run him the first two rounds of her bracket in Houston. “The first night he didn’t fire very good,” she said. “The second night he got a check but he came out and just didn’t feel very good. He didn’t want to come around on the backside and drive off. He’d run straight but he didn’t want to turn. “So I got on that 6-year-old for that third run in that bracket. He ended up getting that bottom check. He worked good but he didn’t want to run home. I remember thinking San Antone was bad; but this was crazy to run a young horse at Houston. He worked his turns really good, but he didn’t really want to run back through that (tunnel) and the timer was right there. He didn’t want any part of that. He did pretty good for being in that type of environment.” Even though her runs were slightly off the pace, Hunter placed in Walker Fires to fast time and $41K at D&D Futurity By Julie Mankin Vauna Walker’s 4-year-old palomino gelding, DTF Way Ta Fire, had won the first round of the Diamonds & Dirt Futurity in Bryan, Texas, with a respectable 16.0-second time, and then returned in the second round with a bobble in the alley, though they still managed a 16.4. Then came the finals. “I could tell by the second barrel by how soft he was and how hard he was driving that it was going to be good, but when I looked up and saw that 15.698, I couldn’t believe it,” said Walker, who won the futurity average and $35,482. “On Facebook there is a really geeky looking picture of me in the alley about two seconds after I saw the clock. I didn’t hear the time because I’m kind of hard of hearing.” The format in Bryan was to take each horse’s fastest time from the first two rounds and combine it with their finals run to get the winner on two. The morning of the finals, Walker had taken her yellow powerhouse in and out of the alley to settle him down in there, because his nerves had affected him badly on her second run. “In the finals, he started his run so smooth,” said Walker, whose 15.6 was faster than that of the more than 1,000 times clocked by older, seasoned horses. The palomino is so light-mouthed that he really tips his nose headed to first. He also drives harder around the barrels than about any horse out there. Fire Water Flit si 86 Chasin Firewater Has The Touch DTF Way Ta Fire 2009 Palomino Gelding Dash Ta Fame si 113 DTF Way To Go Bert’s Way tb Rider: Vauna Walker; Breeder/Owner: Randy & Vauna Walker Rodeo Houston Continued on Page 4 Flit Bar Slash J Harletta Bugs Alive in 75 si 94 Rocket Charged si 87 First Down Dash si 105 Sudden Fame si 98 Danjur Kimberlite Rose D&D Futurity Continued on Page 11

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