DOUBLE BAR S RANCH
-Won 2001 MBNA California Championship Challenge with Meddlin In Money
-Won the Ed Burke Million Futurity with Carters Cartel in 2007
-Won the Golden State Million Futurity with Jess You And I in 2006
-Won the Governor's Cup Futurity with Tac It Like A Man in 2006(dh)
-Won the John Deere California Distaff with Big On Charm in 2001
-Won the Kindergarten Futurity in 2007 with Carters Cartel
-Won the PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity with Tac It Like A Man in 2006
In June of 1989, the late Jens L. List, Jr. purchased 153 acres that is now Double Bar S Ranch in Moreno Valley, California. Since the passing of Jens in November of 1996, his wife Sharon and daughters Rhonda and Dawn run Double Bar S Ranch. The Ranch can accommodate 750 animals but usually carries an average animal population of 350 horses. Approximately 150 mares, 100 yearlings and 100 to 125 racehorses in training can be found on the grounds the majority of the time. There are also nine stallions that stand at Double Bar S Ranch, including All American Futurity winner Dash Thru Traffic, champion aged stallion Buccaneer Beach, and Stel Corona. The ranch is overseen by Jerry Young, with 30 years of experience.
Double Bar S Ranch was the home of the premier stallion Strawfly Special, who sired two-time World Champion Tailor Fit and All-American Futurity winners Streakin Flyer and Ausual Suspect, and stakes winners Sum Special Strawfly, Mrstrawflytoyou, and Strawflyin Buds. Strawfly Special was presented the 2001 Three Bars Award as California's outstanding stallion by the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association. The stallion died last August.
In 2000, Jens L. List bred the earners of close to $1 million while finishing among the top three in the breeder standings in wins. The previous year, he bred earners of $1.24 million with his top money earner for 1999 being Tailor Fit. The Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association has since honored List on California Breeders Champions Night with the running of the Jens L List Jr Memorial California Breeders Stakes for 3-year-olds. While Jens' name has been replaced by the business name of Double Bar S Ranch in the breeder standings, his family is doing a superior job of carrying on the legacy. In 2004, Double Bar S Ranch ranked ninth by wins and 10th by earnings.
On the racetrack, the operation currently campaigns Town Policy Handicap winner He Could Be The One and allowance winner Jump Down First, who is out of champion mare Jumping Tac Flash. Double Bar S Ranch also owns One Corona, a sorrel colt out of All American Futurity winner and champion Corona Cash, sired by Strawfly Special.
Spotlight on Rieda Hay Worth:
There's a colorful story behind the movie star name of the talented filly Rieda Hay Worth. Owned by 2006 AQHA Champion Owners Double Bar S Ranch, Rieda Hay Worth is named after the movie icon Rita Hayworth, who was one of the biggest stars on the silver screen in the 1940s. In reality, Rieda Hay Worth's name does more than just pay tribute to the box office star. It also honors a person that's considered part of the Double Bar S Ranch family.
The story of Rieda Hay Worth begins when Double Bar S Ranch's co-owners, Rhonda and Dawn List, purchased the mare Worth A Look at the Heritage Sale in 2006. The List girls, who run the Moreno Valley ranch along with their mother Sharon, were thrilled to purchase a mare of the quality of the 1999 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and 2000 La Primera Del Ano Derby winner. Yet, the hefty price tag of $300,000 that came along with their luxury purchase made the girls nervous.
"I think that is the most we've spent on a mare ever," Dawn List.
Now, the girls are feeling pretty good about their purchase of Worth A Look, especially after her daughter Rieda Hay Worth qualified to Saturday's Grade 1 $1,155,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity as the second fastest qualifier in the June 7 trials. In truth, the pretty filly has been bringing smiles to the List family for more than two years now.
"When Rieda Hay Worth was born we fell in love," Dawn List added. "We called her Princess because she was such a doll. When it came time to actually name her we really wanted to give her a great name. We hoped she would run as good as she looked. So we came up with Rita Hay Worth just for the movie star part of it and after all the actress was really beautiful just like the horse."
In a moment of inspiration, Dawn List came up with a great twist on the name.
"My best friend of 30 years is Rieda Livingston," she added. "So we changed the spelling (from Rita) to Rieda. She is after all part of the family and we knew she would get a kick out of it, and she did. Rhonda and I are also the godmothers to Riedas three year old twins Mason and McKenzie."
The List gave Rieda the opportunity to choose her namesake's trainer. She picked six-time AQHA Champion Trainer, partly because they knew each other for many years. "They met when we all went to Hawaii together in 1998," Dawn List added.
If Rieda Hay Worth produces a blockbuster performance on Saturday night, she'll give Double Bar S Ranch consecutive victories in the Ed Burke Million Futurity. They previously won the 2007 Ed Burke with Carters Cartel, who set a 350-yard stakes record with his win en route to being named AQHA champion 2-year-old colt last year. Carters Cartel, by the way, was named after Dawn's son, Carter.
"It would be great to win the Ed Burke in back-to-back years with horses named after special people in our lives," Dawn added.
Will Rieda Hay Worth walked down the red carpet on Ed Burke Million Night?
Will she hear the announcement that every star wants to hear:
"And the trophy goes to..."
We'll find out on Saturday night.