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Cherry Lake: A Claim to Fame
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Horse Journal, December 1986
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and Minnie Rhea Wood had
gone to the horse races at Ak-Sar-Ben in Omaha, Nebraska, to watch
the Thoroughbreds. Ramon, who had a keen eye for conformation,
spotted a little chestnut mare named Cherry Lake. "Without even
having seen her run, he claimed her for $7,500," said Minnie Rhea.
"I didn't know he was going to do that, and I thought the price was
exorbitant. It was a high price in those days."
That was back in 1968, when Cherry
Lake was embarking on her two-year-old campaign at the track. But
her real reputation has come about just recently as a broodmare. At
20, the Thoroughbred Cherry Lake is the only mare that will have, or
that has ever had, three Quarter Horse offspring in the prestigious
Grade 1 Champion of Champions race, which will take place December
6,  at Los Alamitos Race Course in California. The three are
the six-year-old gelding Cash Rate. the five-year-old gelding
Countin The Cash and the three-year-old gelding Six Popper.
Thoroughbred mare Cherry Lake is owned in partnership by
Minnie Rhea Wood
of Wichita Falls, Texas, and B. F. Phillips, Jr., of Frisco, Texas.
"I think Six Popper might be the
fastest horse, especially if he breaks like he did when he won this
year's All American Derby-G1," said B.F. Phillips. co-owner of two
of the finalists. "Countin The Cash, if he gets hold of the
racetrack, will be a real contender. But, you've got to give the end
to Cash Rate because of his age, strength and experience."
Each of these horses has won more than
$200,000, and combined with the earnings of her other racing foals,
the mare's produce has collected more than $1,800.000.
"You don't realize the value of a mare
until she gets old or is gone," said Phillips, who also shares a
partnership on Cherry Lake with Minnie Rhea. "There are not many
Cherry Lake, still in
good health and excellent shape, roams the spacious pastures with
two older broodmares at the B.F. Phillips Ranch, near Frisco, Texas.
She has made her home at the ranch for the past 11 years, and
Phillips has supervised her breeding since becoming a partner in
With an even blaze and two matching
rear socks, she is a small mare, 14-2 hands, and she is a mare that
is well balanced and structurally correct. "She is matronly looking
now," said Minnie Rhea.
"She is a mare that has a lot of
conformation, as far as I'm concerned -- although she isn't very
big," said Phillips. "She is a well-proportioned mare, and she has
the characteristics of throwing offspring that are like herself. She
is a good example of the statement that 50 to 75 percent of the foal
is the result of the mare. This mare is remarkable how she can keep
on producing offspring with great quality."
Phillips refers to Cherry Lake as a
"great race mare with a big, big heart." He said, "She is one of
those mares that could run in Quarter Horse company and win, and run
in Thoroughbred company and win. You don't find that in many
As far as personality at the track,
Phillips said, "She was a mare than tended to business."
According to Minnie Rhea, Cherry
Lake made a lasting impression on many people at the tracks where
she ran. "They remembered her racing career. She was a mare that was
nearly always out in front, and she was real good in the mud."
At two, the little mare ran in
Nebraska at Ak-Sar-Ben. After the Woods claimed her, they
immediately ran her again in a $10,000 claimer. "We were real lucky
she didn't get claimed that time," said Minnie Rhea.
The mare was shipped back to the
Eastern tracks for a while, and then moved to Phoenix, Arizona,
where she ran at Turf Paradise. "My husband decided it was best to
run at the western tracks," said Minnie Rhea.
From Arizona, the mare went to New
Mexico and raced at Ruidoso Downs, Albuquerque and Sunland Park.
"She was run in the shorter-length races, which was to her
advantage," said Minnie Rhea.
Raced through her five-year-old year,
after which a leg injury caused her retirement, Cherry Lake started
21 times in Quarter Horse races, and had 10 wins, four seconds and
two thirds, and winnings of $16,651. However, 16 of those starts
were unofficial (because 870 races had not been approved at that
time). In Thoroughbred races, she had 21 starts with nine wins, one
second and three thirds, and earnings of $17,729.
Against Quarter Horse competition, the
dark chestnut won the Governors Speed Handicap and the Sunland
Handicap, and ran second in the Brigand Handicap. In the
Thoroughbred races, she ran third in the Ak-Sar-Ben Juvenile Stakes
and Ruidoso Speed Handicap.
She established and still holds a
track record at Albuquerque for four furlongs in :45 4/5ths. In
1970, while the mare was running at Sunland Park, she topped the
world 870 record.
Phillips noted that Cherry
Lake was an extremely fast horse, and much of her speed can
be traced in her strong pedigree. Her sire is Lake Erie, who was a
son of Triple Crown winner War Admiral. War Admiral was by Man O'War
out of Brushup.
Lake Erie's dam was Sweet Tryst by the
imported Jacopo, who was sired by Sansovino, and English Derby
winner. Sweet Tryst is a daughter of Sir Gallahad III.
Lake Erie was a stakes placed runner
which earned $54,572. He ran 93 times from 1958 to 1964, had 22 wins
and 6 seconds, and his 20 thirds included the Jersey, Sanford and
As a sire, Lake Erie's Thoroughbred
get include 157 total foals, of which 91 are winners. Lake Erie is
also the sire of 57 Quarter Horses, with 17 winners, 13 ROM race
earners and two stakes winners, all of which have earned $74,656.
But Lake Erie's ultimate contribution
to the Quarter breed was not as a sire of runners, but as a sire of
broodmares. From the 78 Quarter Horse foals that have a mere 15 dams
have produced, 42 have started at the track, and nine have become
|Just as impressive as
the sire line is the bottom side of Cherry Lake's family tree. Her
dam was Cherao, a daughter of imported Nechao, who is by Nearco out
of imported Cassiope. Cherao, foaled in 1959, raced on the West
Coast until she was five, and earned $13,160.
Cherao is out of With Blessings, a
daughter of the mare Endowah and the stakes-winning stallion With
Regards. The stallion With Regards raced 63 times during the war
years, and had 19 wins, 14 seconds and four thirds. he is also the
sire of Direct Win, who is found in the lineage of the two stallions
that Cherry Lake has been mated with -- Dash For Cash and Streakin
Six. La Galla Win by Direct Win is the second dam of Rocket
Wrangler, the sire of Dash For Cash. Assured by Direct Win is the
second dam of Streakin Six.
Cherao is the dam of 12 foals, 11
of which are starters, and 10 of these are winners. Some of her
foals include a full sister to Cherry Lake, stakes inner Potranco.
This mare raced until the age of six, and had eight wins and earned
$61,525. Potranco is the dam of three starters, all of which are
winners, and two of which are stakes winners.
Marimacho, a stakes-placed runner and
another full sister to Cherry Lake, raced until three, and she had
five wins and earnings of $29,166. While racing, the mare set a
North American record at Hollywood Park by running 7 1/2 furlongs in
1:28 3/5. Marimacho has produced four winners, including one stakes
placed one stakes winner.
Viajo Ahora is a full sister to Cherry
Lake. Running until three, she was a winner at the track, earning
$7,491. Viajo Ahora is teh dam of three starters -- all winners --
and one, stakes winner Buen Chico, equalled the track record at Agua
Caliente in Mexico by running 8.31 furlongs in 1:39 2/5.
The mare Real Sangre, by Knight in
Armor TB, raced until a five-year-old, and won $9,139. She is the
dam of three foals, all winners, including a stakes winner.
world champion running horse, Cash Rate (shown here in the Champion
of Champions post parade).
Multiple Champion Cash Rate is a
1980 gelding by Dash For Cash out of Cherry Lake. Started 27 races
for 16 wins including 11 stakes wins. Earned $537,802. 1985 World
Champion, Champion Aged Gelding, 1986 Champion Aged Horse, 1986
Champion Aged Gelding.
Died of Colitis X at a
veterinary clinic near Los Alamitos Race Course on January 1, 1987.
Just as Cherry Lake's dam
was a producer of top running stock, so is she. Her racing
progeny has put her into the Quarter Horse history books, even
though she herself is a Thoroughbred. Up to now [December 1986],
Cherry Lake has 11 foals, nine of which are Quarter Horses. "You can
say something about all of them," said Phillips. "They are all
individuals, yet they resemble the family."
In 1972, the year after Cherry Lake
ran her last race, Minnie Rhea's husband became ill. "He made an
arrangement to breed this mare so I wouldn't have to worry about
looking after her," she said.
Minnie Rhea explained that she
wasn't involved with the horses at this time; it was a love of her
husband's. "Ramon was the horseman," she said. "He was a rancher and
cattleman, and an AQHA-approved judge."
The Woods made their home in
Wichita Falls, Texas, and after Ramon died in 1974, Minnie Rhea
continued to reside there. She said, "I've entered into the horse
business more now that he is gone, and it's been a real pleasure."
Before Ramon's death, however,
Cherry Lake was bred to Go Man Go and dropped a sorrel filly named
Rain Onya in 1973. Rain Onya, who was often ridden by jockey Jerry
Nicodemus. ran as a two-year-old, and had three wins and earnings of
$28,268. Rain Onya is the dam of six foals, including Shake It To
Em, si 96, and $69,200 in winnings; Take It To Em, si 97, and earner
of $16,571; and Rainin Six, si 79, and $150 in earnings. One of her
foals, Shake It To Em, has produced four foals, tow of which are
runners. One of these runners is Streak It To Em, a 1984 stallion
with a 90 speed index and earnings of $38,024.
Rain Onya was sold in the B.F.
Phillips Sale this year .
In 1974 and 1975, Cherry Lake did
not have a foal.
In 1976, she had another Go Man Go
foal, a colt named Right To Run. Unraced, this colt was sold and
Leading Sire Royal
Shake Em is
of Cherry Lake
daughter Shake It To Em.
Above: Photos (late 1970s, early
1980s) of Right To Run, a stallion by Go Man Go
out of Cherry Lake, when he
stood in Montana.
Right To Run was the sire of 20
starters, 8 winners, 2 stakes winners with $69,006 in earnings.
Right to Run is the broodmare sire of
Circle D's mare BR Baby Come Bac.
|That same year, Woods
and Phillips entered into a partnership and worked out a lifetime
lease on Cherry Lake. The partnership is that Phillips will breed
the mare, and he and Wood will share ownership of the foal and the
expenses of running it.
knew Mrs. Wood, and had met her husband a long time ago. It just so
happened that I thought I could help her and she thought I could
help her," said Phillips.
"That was the luckiest break I ever
had -- when Mr. Phillips and I became partners," said Wood. "Cherry
Lake has jut been campaigned properly and handled right. If B.F. and
I hadn't joined partnership, I just wonder what the future of Cherry
Lake would have been. Probably she wouldn't have had a future. I
feel most fortunate."
Today Phillips and Wood are
partners on 12 horses. He said, "She is the best partner I've had in
anything. She wants to know exactly what's happening, and then
doesn't bother you."
In 1977, Cherry Lake did not have a
foal, but the following year she had a sorrel colt by Dash For Cash
named Big Number One. The colt only had two outs before he died in
1981 at Ruidoso Downs from Colitis X.
In 1979, the mare had a sorrel
filly by Dash For Cash, Bringitonhome. This mare was sent to the
track, but due to a hip problem and blisters in her throat, she did
not run. She has produced three foals, including her first,a 1983
gelding called Bring Six. He has a speed rating of 88, and with 10
starts, he has three wins, two thirds, and a money line of $3,785.
Bringitonhome is in the broodmare band at the Phillips Ranch, and
this year  she is not in foal.
Much of Cherry Lake's success has
come about through her next offspring Cash Rate.
The 1980 sorrel gelding by Dash For Cash was last year's world
champion running horse, champion gelding and the champion aged
Cash Rate began his racing career
at Trinity Meadows in Weatherford, Texas, as a three-year-old. After
winning twice, he was sent home to the Phillips Ranch, where he was
ridden and considered by Phillips to be used as a rope horse.
The next year. 1984, Cash Rate's
younger siblings -- Countin The Cash and Flow of Cash -- started
making names for themselves, and trainer Dwayne (Sleepy) Gilbreath
decided to put Cash Rate back into race training. In November, the
gelding won an allowance race at manor Downs, near Austin, and then
headed for the West Coast in 1985, under the direction of trainer
The pretty-headed gelding began the
year with four official starts -- three wins and one third with
earnings of $972. By the end of the year, he had 17 starts and 11
wins, three seconds and one third, and winnings of $258,877. He had
won six stakes races, which include the Champion of Champions (in
which he recorded his present speed index of 106), the Grade 1 Los
Alamitos Championship, the Grade 2 Shue Fly Handicap, the Grade 3
Double Bid and Kaweah Bar Handicaps, and the Woodside Handicap.
This year , he has won the
Grade 1 Horsemen's QHRA Championship, the Double Bid Handicap, and
the Goetta Handicap. In the Goetta Handicap at Hollywood Park, he
set a track record going 44 yards in :21.90, and the gelding lowered
it to a :21.74 when he won the Hollywood Park Championship in
Cash Rate has also run second in the
Grade 1 Go Man Go Handicap at Los Alamitos, the Grade 3 Clabbertown
G and Chicado V Handicaps, and third in the Los Alamitos
Championship and Go Man Go Handicap at Hollywood Park. His record
now stands at 24 starts, 15 wins, four seconds and three thirds,
with a bankroll of $468,052.
Another sorrel gelding, Countin The
Cash, by Dash For Cash, was Cherry Lake's next foal, in 1981. "This
is a foal that we thought, and we still think, is as good as any
she's had," said Phillips. "He is a horse that resembles the mare
and 'Dash' combined."
Countin the Cash
was foaled in 1981, and referred to as "Pee Wee."
He was a Grade 1
stakes winner & earned $369,000.
Countin The Cash, nicknamed "Pee Wee"
due to his small size, was Cherry Lake's first $100,000 winner. This
gelding earned his black type by winning such races as the Jet Deck
Handicap and Budweiser Derby in 1984. The next year, he ran second
in the Grade 1 Rainbow Silver Cup, and this year, he has racked up a
number of stakes honors with wins in the Grade 1 Peninsula
Championship, Easy Jet Handicap and Orange County Invitational
Handicap. He's run second in the Alameda Handicap, Go Man Go
Handicap, and the Grade 3 Kaweah Bar and Clabbertown G Hancidaps.
With a speed index of 110, Countin The Cash has had 26 starts thus
far, with 13 wins and 7 seconds. He has collected $339,724.
In 1982, Flow of Cash, a chestnut
filly by Dash For Cash out of Cherry Lake was foaled. "Flow of Cash
resembles her mother," said Phillips., "because she has a stretchy
body, just lie Cherry Lake."
"Flow of Cash" ran third in the
1984 Grade 1 Kansas Futurity, and won the 1985 Grade 1 Kansas Derby.
This year she ran second in the Go Together Handicap and third in
the Grade 1 All-American Gold Cup. With 15 starts and a 107 speed
rating, the stakes winning mare has 10 firsts, one second and two
thirds, and a bank account of $259,814. Flow of Cash will have an
embryo transfer foal by Streakin Six in 1987.
Foaled in April of 1983, Six Popper
is the fourth foal out of Cherry Lake to earn more than $200,000.
With $519,665 in the bank, he is her highest money earning
Whereas her last five sons and
daughters were by Dash For Cash, Six Popper's sire is Streakin Six.
"We bred the mare to another horse to see what she'd do," said
Phillips. "I thought she would mate better to Dash For Cash than Go
Man Go at teh time time . I also thought she might cross better on
Streakin Six, and I'm not too shure she didn't."
Owned by Wood and Phillips' wife,
Jane, the blaze-faced gelding won the 1985 Kansas Futurity
Consolation at Ruidoso Downs and was second in the Grade 1 Rainbow
where he recorded a 107 speed index. This year he won the
Rainbow Derby Consolation, and handily won the All-American Derby
with his regular rider, Alex Baldillez, Jr., in the irons. Six
Popper now has, from 12 starts, seven wins and three seconds.
Six Popper (by
the 4th foal
out of Cherry
He won the 1986
|Cherry Lake's 1984
foal is a flashy bay Thoroughbred gelding with four white pasterns.
Named Cherokee Lake, he is by Master Ego, a son of Master hand,
which stands at the Phillips Ranch. "He was so fast and so big and
so good, we didn't take him to the racetrack until this year. We
have to let him mature, and we will run him in 1987 as a
three-year-old," said Phillips. "He might be the quickest and
fastest colt of any of them."
Gilbreath said, "This colt is quite a
runner. We worked him with the Quarter Horses and he showed us a lot
of run. We think he is going to do really well."
The next year, Cherry Lake had an
extremely large foal and had trouble foaling. In order to save her,
the colt had to be dissected and removed.
This year , a healthy, bright
sorrel colt by Dash for Cash made his appearance. Nicknamed "Flash,"
but registered Hottest Thing Going, the decision was made to keep
him as a stallion. "The other colts, I thought, were too small to
keep as stallions," said Phillips. "Until they showed me what they
could do, like they did, then they weren't stallion prospects. But
the little fella, we are going to keep him."
Cherry Lake will not have a 1987
foal. Efforts to transplant an embryo from her failed. "We never
could get a good egg out of her," said Phillips. "We are going to
try again this spring. By doing this, it will save the mare from the
strain and stress of having a foal."
Phillips said he is contemplating
breeding her to Dash For Cash, but "if Six Popper wins the Champion
of Champions, we might decide to breed her to Streakin Six. I'd like
to get a Streakin Six foal out of her that we can keep as a
the broodmare has some age, she will more than likely put a few more
foals on the ground. She is a mare that is often talked about in
racing circles and her produce record has set a standard that will
be difficult to ever equal or break.
Reminiscing, Wood flipped through a
scrapbook that contained several clippings and win pictures of the
little chestnut mare. "Looking back," she said, "Cherry Lake was
really an excellent claim."
Going 1986 colt by Dash For Cash out of Cherry Lake.
Cherry Lake: Dam of
Distinction & Double Copy Mare
Cherry lake was foaled in 1966.
She ran in both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races. Her QH speed
index was 97. Cherry Lake whipped Quarter Horses on their own track,
but it was her offspring that made her a household name in the
Quarter Horse racing industry.
Copy" mare. Cherry Lake was one of the 39 mares test-bred to
Dash For Cash in his first season at stud. Produced 11 foals & 9
starters who earned $1,953,951. Cherry Lake is a "Dam
- Stakes Winners: Cash Rate,
Cherokee Lake TB, Countin The Cash, Flow of Cash, Six
- AQHA Racing Champion: Cash
- Foals who place in the Top
Ten Money Earners of any particular year: Six Popper,
1986; Cash Rate, 1986
- Grade 1 Stakes Winners: Cash Rate, Countin The Cash, Flow of Cash, Six Popper
The grand mare died
on July 1, 1993 (at the age of 27), just 16 days before the Phillips Ranch was to be
She was the first Thoroughbred mare inducted to the AQHA
Hall of Fame.
Other Cherry Lake
full-sister Marimacho is the dam of Sin Tacha TB (by Slew's
Royalty). Sin Tacha foaled five winners from 7 Quarter Horse
starters and the earners of $768,303. Her top earner, the Streakin
La Jolla gelding Streakin
Sin Tacha banked $692,842 from 16 wins in 27 starts
(including 8 stakes victories).
10-day-old descendant of
the great Cherry Lake,
running like her pedigree
says she should,
May 13, 2009.
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