Reiner October 2010 : Page 106

MILLION DOLL AR SIRE CHERYL MAGOTEAUX When the late Topsail Whiz was a young horse full of promise for owner/breeder/trainer Bob Loomis, he delivered and still does today.

Million Dollar Sire

Kathy Swan

Topsail Whiz

SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS AND COUNTING. THE BEAT GOES ON FOR BOB LOOMIS' JOE CODY LINE OF GREAT PERFORMERS AND SIRES.

NRHA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE TOPSAIL WHIZ was NRHA's first Six Million Dollar Sire, (2008), and now he's earned the distinction of becoming the first Seven Million Dollar Sire. He comes from a long line of famed performance and breeding horses, and now he's the cornerstone of his own line of great horses. Owned by Bob Loomis Quarter Horses, Marietta, Oklahoma, Topsail Whiz was humanely euthanized at age 22 last December 23 due to complications from spinal surgery, just weeks after Bob and Pam Loomis had to put down "Whiz's" son and their junior sire West Coast Whiz from laminitis.

Topsail Whiz was foaled in 1987, a son of Loomis' other Hall of Fame stallion and Million Dollar Sire Topsail Cody. Bob raised Whiz, sold him and then bought him back when he realized how good the young colt was. He sold Topsail Cody when Whiz was four years old. "That's how confident I was that he was the next step for me.

"I think a horse has to have an abundance of the qualities you want in a sire in order to reproduce. And he had an abundance of everything. Mentally, he was a kind and easy horse to ride. Physically, he could stop with so much aggression and could change leads so precisely. He could lope as slow as I could walk and change leads beautifully. Whiz wasn't a big horse; he was a small horse. But when you were riding him you'd think he was 16 hands."

One of the secrets to Whiz's success, Bob readily admits, is his mother, Jeannie Whiz Bar, and her side of the breeding equation. The famed breeder is a fanatic about mare power in a pedigree. Jeannie Whiz Bar had 204 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) points. "She was just like Whiz," Bob states. "I watched the boy who owned her show her many times. She was a gorgeous mare who could stop in any kind of ground.

"I don't know if you ever know how phenomenal a sire is until you see their colts," he continues. But he could tell right away that Whiz's foals were great.

Most stallions you have to breed to either real quiet mares or real stingy mares, Loomis says, but Whiz could be bred to anything and give it what it needed–more calm or more sting.

"Every time I'd think that something was the magic cross for him, then something else would pop up," says Bob. "After a while, I just figured out that he crossed well on everything."

Loomis has enough frozen semen to allow outside mares to be bred to the great stallion in 2011." I don't know if that will be the last year or not. The stud fee will be $10,000, and it could be the last year I can offer him to the public. I might have enough for the following year, but we'll just have to see. I'm going to keep enough semen back that I can breed four or five of my mares to him for the next 10 years."

When Whiz died last year, Loomis looked the industry over really closely before he decided what direction to take. "I've made my living off the Joe Cody family for 35 years," says the breeder with pride. "I have four good older mares in my pasture right now, then coming up I have six yearling and six weanling fillies out of the very best mares I own. I'll have 13 daughters of Whiz and three daughters of West Coast Whiz.

Loomis wanted to find an ideal outcross and continue on with the Joe Cody family. After studying the industry, he found a horse that he thought would be the best cross and that is Cromed Out Mercedes. "I looked at his conformation and his bone, and he had that huge, huge stop. But when it comes to a stallion, I'm very finicky about their mothers. I think his mother, Princess In Diamonds, is the same caliber of broodmare as Whiz's mother. She really crosses on everything.

The deciding factor was when he talked to Million Dollar Rider and NRHA Professional Andrea Fappani, 'Mercedes'' trainer. "He's a very straight shooter," says Bob. "Whatever he thinks just falls right out of his mouth. He talks about Mercedes like I talk about Whiz. He bragged on the horse's quiet disposition and ton of talent. Cromed Out Mercedes is the only breeding stallion I've ever bought. Right now I'll focus on his breeding career."

Although Loomis is looking for a son of Whiz, he feels it must be one that he raises. "I'll breed four or five mares to young Whiz stallions that I have coming up, " he explains, "and when I find that son of Whiz I'm looking for, I'll add him to my stallion roster and stand the pair of them. That's basically my long-range plan.

"Whiz never disappointed me in any way whether it was in the show pen or breeding barn," says Bob. "He was one of the few stallions who could sire better than he was, and you can't say that about many stallions. You can buy a great show horse, but great breeding horses just don't come along that often."

ABOUT THE WRITER

Kathy Swan is the NRHA Reiner's executive editor.

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