Mackie Racing LLC
David and Susan Mackie enjoyed one of the biggest thrills in Quarter Horse when Fallin In Love Again won the 1998 All American Futurity. The victory came just one year after the couple got in to the horse racing business. The filly earned the owners $1,077,873 for winning the 440-yard race in 21.49 seconds. The Mackies had purchased her for $92,000.
"We drew the number three post position and we thought that was good," said owner David Mackie, of Houston. "That put us next to the horse [Hes My Dasher] that I thought was the best one in the race. I thought we'd have an even chance and if we got away on our feet and stayed on our feet, then maybe we'd have some fun."
But Mackie said he didn't expect his filly to be able to outrun Hes My Dasher and Old Habits, both colts who had impressive wins in the trials last month that determined the futurity's field. "I never realistically expected her to win, although I did expect her to be on the board at least," he said. "I was going to be thrilled if she was in the top three. But when I saw the break and how she was coming, I thought, 'Oh boy, this might be really something.'"
The owners enjoyed another thrill when their filly Strawberry Dash handed millionaire champion AB What A Runner the first loss of her career on the way to posting the fastest qualifying time to the Los Alamitos Derby. AB What A Runner bounced back to win the derby final, however, the Mackies will never forget Strawberry Dash's big night. "We had to wait a while for a moment like this with Strawberry Dash," David Mackie added. "We are very proud of her," said Susan Mackie. "She is one of those horses that have become part of our family. " The Mackies own the blue-hen mare Strawberry Silk, the 1989 champion 2-year-old and All American Futurity winner. She is the dam of Strawberry Dash and champion Stoli, as well as this year's promising 2-year-olds Rousing Encore and Thundering Applause. The Mackies own both of those First Down Dash babies.
David and Susan Mackie of Mackie Racing LLC have to be excited about the upcoming racing weekend at Los Alamitos Race Course. Three different horses will represent the couple in the finals of the El Primero Del Ano Derby and La Primera Del Ano Derby.
One of their horses, Sovereign Silk, earned the tenth fastest qualifying spot in Friday night's running of the $185,700 El Primero Del Ano Derby. The Mackies will also send out Keep Themusicplaying and Keens Cat in the $254,000 La Primera Del Ano Derby, which will be run the following day on Saturday March 22nd.
Sovereign Silk has the blood of All American Futurity winners running through his veins. His dam Strawberry Silk won the 1989 running of the All American Futurity and earned a whopping $1,266,264 throughout her impressive 17-race career. His sire Royal Quick Dash also won All American, capturing the 1991 running before retiring with $1,046,980 in earnings. Additionally, Sovereign Silk is a three quarter-brother to two different stakes stars in All American Juvenile winner Rousing Encore and the stallion Stoli. He's also a half-brother to Pappasito, the winner of the 2007 New Mexico Ford Juvenile Challenge at Ruidoso Downs.
Although still a maiden through five career starts, Sovereign Silk has accounted himself well thus far and qualified to his first stakes race last time out in the trials to the El Primero Del Ano Derby. "He's a really honest horse," said his owner and breeder David Mackie. "He's just drawn in with some tough competition before and had to run from post positions that were less than ideal."
In his most recent start, Sovereign Silk was bumped leaving the gates and lugged out from the far outside post position. "He had just never raced from that far out before and I think he got a little distracted," added Mackie.
When Sovereign Silk walks up to the gate for the El Primero Del Ano Derby on Friday night he will be making only his third start of the year and just might be rounding into form. "I really don't think we've seen the best of this horse yet," commented Mackie.
The Mackies will also send out a strong contingent in Saturday night's La Primera Del Ano Derby with a pair of talented fillies from the Paul Jones barn, Keep Themusicplaying and Keens Cat.
Keep Themusicplaying also hails from a very strong family. Her dam Wagons Maiden won six stakes races lifetime, including the Grade I Lou Wooten Handicap at Sunland Park in 2003, and banked $398,227. Keep Themusicplaying was purchased from the 2007 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale for $170,000 and has shown promise since her very first outing.
In her career bow, she was victorious over a field of maidens that included Eye For Corona, the eventual winner of the 2007 Golden State Million Futurity. She followed up that effort with another strong performance behind Short Czech and Kite Flyin in the trials to the Ed Burke Futurity on June 9th. After those two local starts, Keep Themusicplaying was shipped to Ruidoso for the trials to the Rainbow Futurity, where she turned in yet another powerful performance and qualified to the finals.
"We knew we had something right from the start with her," added Mackie. "She's a big, good looking daughter of First Down Dash and she has a really big stride. She's the kind of horse that really benefits from having a lot of ground and that played a strong role in why we chose to send her to Ruidoso. It was a real honor to qualify to the Rainbow and we've had a lot of success with this filly."
Keep Themusicplaying ran well in the finals of the Rainbow Futurity, finishing a highly respectable fifth behind the then-undefeated Wes Giles star Wild Six. Following her trial to the All American Futurity, she returned to California and ran a pair of quality races against allowance company in early 2008 before finished second behind Perregaux in her trial to the La Primera Del Ano Derby. After she runs back in the finals, the Mackies intend to take her back to New Mexico in the summer for the trials to the Rainbow and All American Derbies. She is also paid into the $750,000 Super Derby in early November at Los Alamitos.
Finally, Mackie Racing LLC also has another contender in Saturday night's La Primera Del Ano Derby trial with Keens Cat, a daughter from the first year crop of Panther Mountain. "We felt like she was a really good prospect at the sale," added David. "Actually Paul Jones bred this horse and we were glad to enter into a partnership together with this filly. We bought her at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale. We've always tried to support that particular sale with numerous consignments and with purchases."
Keens Cat is coming off what most handicappers would likely label her career best performance in the trials. After bumping at the start, she never gave up and ran hard throughout, finishing third behind a strong field that included fastest-qualifier Forgive Him and the talented Short Czech.
Unfortunately, Keens Cat suffered a minor setback in the La Primera Del Ano Derby trials. "She has a pretty serious cut on the back of her right front ankle," added David. "It's not something that's going to threaten her career as a racehorse, it's just enough to make her a question mark in the Derby. It's still up in the air at this point."
If the filly isn't able to start in the La Primera Del Ano Derby, she will likely point towards a series of races at Los Alamitos that could culminate with the PCQHRA Breeder's Derby trials in mid-September.