After the announcement a few days ago of Royal Blue Boons passing I was reminded that just 5 years ago Cutting’s most successful dam was in the headlines for very different reasons.
Back then she made headlines for being the first horse ever to be cloned. Two fillies were produced as a result Royal Blue Boon Two and Royal Blue Boon Too.
The fate of these two offspring is a bit wooly, but it has been confirmed that one of the clones Royal Blue Boon Too is still alive and well and residing at the ranch who owned her mother until her death at 31.
A lot has been said about cloning since then and for many the jury is still out. There have been more failures than successes in this area and as yet none of the clones have reproduced. Salute a Smart Little Lena clone is inAustraliaand currently standing his first season. Everyone is waiting and watching with interest. But lets not dwell on this subject instead let’s remember Royal Blue Boon for her greatness.
The outstanding Blue Roan mare was foaled in 1980 and was sired by the stallion Boon Bar. Boon Bar a Doc Bar son has sired progeny that have earned over $3 million in NCHA prize money including Royal Blue Boon herself earning $381,764 in the cutting pen. She has produced 17 earners who have earned $2,614,201 to date.
Her most famous son is without a doubt the Peppy San Badger son Peptoboonsmal, himself having a phenomenal record as a sire as well as being an NCHA Futurity Champion. Her most successful offspring to show in the cutting arena is Red White and Boon, a Smart Little Lena Gelding who has earned over $900,000 in the cutting pen and is the world’s highest NCHA money earner. Other get include Peppys From Heaven NCHA Derby Champion, Mecom Blue, Dual Pep mare Autumn Blue LTE $259, 685 and Full Brother Duals Blue Boon LTE $197,440 to name a few.
It is suggested that Royal Blue Boons Phenomenal success as a dam is a result of having a double cross of Royal King in her bottom line. It is believed that Royal King has an attribute described as the X Factor. A recessive gene that can only be passed onto the mares. Royal King goes back in lineage to the incredibly gifted Thoroughbred Eclipse an outstanding racehorse who literally possessed a large heart. When he died his heart was weighed and found to be nearly three times the average weight of a Thoroughbreds heart. Research indicates that the gene that carries this trait could only be passed onto his daughters. So through the bottom line it is believed that Royal Blue Boon herself carries this gene.
Of course Australia has acquired her legacy through the Peptoboonsmal son Peptos Stylish Oak who is one of Australia’s leading All Time Sires and currently the Leading sire of cutting horses for 2011.
So let’s remember Royal Blue Boon as the worlds leading dam of NCHA money earners, and herself a phenomenal performer in the cutting pen.