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Q-RACING —MARCH 25, 2020—Supreme Race Horse, multiple Grade 1 winner and fan favorite BH Lisas Boy has been retired by breeder, owner and trainer Bill Hoburg, reported TRACK Magazine on March 24.
The 2012 gelding is by Mighty Invictus and out of Hoburg’s mare Apollo Snowbound, a daughter of Snowbound (TB). In a career that spanned from June 2014 to December 2019, he made 43 starts, with 23 wins, 10 seconds and three thirds, and collected earnings of $963,053.
His career began in his native state of Idaho, with a maiden victory at first asking at Les Bois Park. He traveled the circuit to Emerald Downs, Portland Meadows and Sun Downs, and notched his first stakes victory in the 2015 Adequan® Arapahoe Derby Challenge.
Many fans would agree the gelding is on the list of the best runners to never earn a championship title. In his career he won win six Grade 1s, including the 2019 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship, 2019 Go Man Go Handicap, 2018 Bank of America Challenge Championship, 2018 Brad McKinzie Winter Championship, 2017 Vessels Maturity and 2017 Los Alamitos Winter Championship. He lit the board in seven additional Grade 1s.
Of his career earnings, $336,873 came in the Bank of America Racing Challenge program.
BH Lisas Boy represents a lifetime of dedication for his owner, who first saw a mare named Star’s Apollo win a futurity about 50 years ago.
The mare was bred and owned by Robert "Bob" Pulse of Yakima, Washington. In 2001, Hoburg got the chance to purchase a yearling granddaughter of the mare named Apollo Snowbound. The daughter of Snowbound (TB) was out of Stars Lady Bug, the product of Star's Apollo and the good sire Shawne Bug.
Apollo Snowbound went on to race for Hoburg alongside another Pulse-bred filly, Snowbound Queen. The two fillies didn't quite set the racetrack on fire, but usually brought home a check, and almost always finished close to each other.
"They weren't fast enough to make us a lot of money, but made just enough to keep us trying," Hoburg remembered. But then he tried Snowbound Queen around the turn, and found her niche.
The mare won the 2003 Northwest Distance Challenge (G3) and contested the Distance Challenge Championship (G1), and set a track record at Boise that was just a heartbeat off the world record.
"So I thought 'Oh my God, if this mare's that fast, what do I have?' So one morning, I tried (Apollo Snowbound) around the turn and she slab fractured right at the wire. I thought, 'OK, guess I have a recipient mare.'"
He was looking to sell her for $500 when her full sister Stars Snowbound won the West/Southwest Challenge Championship (G2) and went on to finish sixth in the Challenge Championship (G1).
"So I thought, 'Well, maybe ol' Bill better keep her and breed her,' " Hoburg said. "So that's what I did."
Her first foal, dropped in 2007, was Yin Your Eyes, who won the 2011 Distance Challenge Championship (G1) and earned $147,818 before retiring to a life of leisure as Hoburg's pony horse.
BH Country Chrome, her 2011 foal, is a stakes-placed earner of $55,527.
All told, she has had five starters, all winners.
She has two 2019 colts, both by Bodacious Dash, named BH Free Drop Billy and BH Thank You Jimmy.
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