Roper Report: Kiowa Sweet Trey

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Kiowa Sweet Trey

7 Jan 2000 - 15 July 2009

All-American, Rural Rube award winner, and two-time number one sire Kiowa Sweet Trey passed away recently of a liver ailment. His achievements as a sire far outstripped his outstanding accomplishments on the track and it is already clear that his influence will be profound in coming generations of Greyhounds.

His sire, Oswald Cobblepot, won the 1996 Colorado Classic, the JW Rocket One Memorial, and ran second in the Cloverleaf Classic by a nose. He was 10th in the 1999 Sire Standings, 7th in 2000, 4th in 2001 and 2nd to half-brother Molotov in 2002. He left behind a record nine All-Americans; Kiowa Sweet Trey, Kiowa Sweet Joe, Bart’s E Mail, EA’s Itzaboy (three times), Burt Road, Coldwater Konow and Greys Outbound.

TM's Sweet Dream is one of only five dams in history to produce more than one All American. She was seventh in the 2002 Dam Standings. In addition to Kiowa Sweet Trey, her litter by Oswald Cobblepot included Kiowa Sweet Joe, a 2002 All-America team member. He won the 2002 American Derby at Lincoln and the 2002 St. Pete Derby at Derby Lane. Kiowa Sweet Ty made the final of the 2002 Hollywoodian and Kiowa Sweet Babe made the final of the 2002 Palm Beach Futurity. TM's Sweet Dream's grand-offspring already include 2005 Tampa Juvenile winner WW Gale Donner, Wheeling 47-race winner Kay V Arrington, and Orange Park star Kiowa Spock.

Kiowa Sweet Trey was bred and raised by Kay Smith in Oklahoma. He won the January Main Stake at the 2001 NGA Spring Meet. Afterwards Vince Berland purchased a half-interest in him. He opened his official racing career in spectacular fashion winning 12-straight at Wheeling, the country's most competitive track. He won two strong Hot Box events at Wheeling in October and December, and then broke in the new year in style winning the 2002 Derby Lane Inaugural en route to a 10-race win streak that included the Derby Lane Kennel Preview. He swept the first four rounds of the 2002 Derby Lane Sprint Classic, but couldn't hold in the stretch and slipped to third in the final behind Dodgem By Design and Talentedmrripley. In February of 2002 he trekked to Hollywood for the World Classic. He won three of four qualifying rounds, but had to settle for second, a length-and-a-half behind kennel-mate Flying Earnhardt.

In a brief career of 41 races, Kiowa Sweet Trey was 31-4-2-1 racing exclusively against the likes of Talentedmrripley, Courageous Nicky, Dodgem By Design, Iruska All Star, Fortified Rush, Luckydeals Honor, Fuzzys Geronimo, Ezra Clem, Get Over, Gene's Champion, and WW Greys Drifter. He was named to the 2001 All-America team and was the Rural Rube award winner in 2002. In what many saw as a curious omission, he did not receive All-America honors in 2002.

Kiowa Sweet Trey's career in the stud barn was even more successful than the one on the track. His first litters were whelped in November of 2001 before he was two years of age. He first appeared in the Sire Standings ranked 21st in 2004, and then second in 2005 and 2006 before wresting the title from Gable Dodge in 2007 and 2008. His offspring read like a Who's Who of American racing. He is the sire of seven All-Americans; Igoby Brady, Kiowa Delicate, Flyin Bridgeport, Flying Stanley, Kiowa Wish Frank, Flying Mancini and Starz Jenko. In addition, Flying Stanley and Starz Jenko won Rural Rube awards, and Flyin Bridgeport won the Flashy Sir award. With a considerable stockpile of frozen semen still available, those numbers could go higher.

Kiowa Sweet Trey superstars would be too hard to list. In addition to the award winners above, a brief roll call would comprise 2008 Irish Cesarewitch winner Lenson Joker, two-time Coral Essex Vase winner Eye Onthe Veto, 2009 Jacksonville Sprint Classic winner Count Ivan, 2005 Wheeling WVGOBA Sprint winner Iruska Creme Pie, 102-race winner Dauntless, 2008 Wheeling Winner's Challenge champ BD's Flip, 2008 WVGOBA Distance Stake winner Wuzinyurwallet, 2008 Bluffs Run Spring Futurity winner Slatex Deal, Wichita track record holder Flying Hydrogen, and many, many others.

The final chapters of the Kiowa Sweet Trey story are yet to be written. It is certain that he will be a fixture in pedigrees the world over in both the near term and over the generations. He is already an established damsire—his daughter Flying Sweet Amy, from his very first litter, produced 2006 Tampa Derby winner Turbo Penske. Other daughters have produced the likes of 2009 Hollywoodian champ Deerfield Peter, 2009 Derby Lane Sprint Classic winner Flyin Home Depot, 2009 Naples Distance Classic winner Kiowa Knockout, and Wheeling Invitational winner Kiowa WW Brother.

His sons have also gotten off to a good start at stud. Flying Hydrogen is the sire of Flying MacBeth, winner of the Derby Lane Fall Sprint, and Flying Larussa, winner of the 2007 Derby Lane Million Consolation. The list will surely grow as the offspring of sons Flying Stanley, Igoby Brady, Dauntless, Starz Jenko, Trey United*, and others reach track age.

Good night, sweet prince.

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