Zack T. Wood

Dick Gaines let the naming gesture slide for awhile as a joke, but deep down, he hoped Zack T Wood, a 1986 Doc Tari-Lintons Lady Doc stud colt, would be good enough to honor a longtime friend.Dick Gaines let the naming gesture slide for awhile as a joke, but deep down, he hoped Zack T Wood, a 1986 Doc Tari-Lintons Lady Doc stud colt, would be good enough to honor a longtime friend.

Story originally posted by: Robert Eubanks

Dick Gaines let the naming gesture slide for awhile as a joke, but deep down, he hoped Zack T Wood, a 1986 Doc Tari-Lintons Lady Doc stud colt, would be good enough to honor a longtime friend.

The friend is Zack T. Wood, who was chief administrative officer of the National Cutting Horse Association for 28 years before retiring in 1990. Wood said he called Gaines, asking "If it was a good one. I was afraid he was going to name a mule after me."

Gaines laughed, saying the colt "Was a little bitty, ugly sucker with a big belly and everytime I looked at him, he looked like Zack, always into something where I didn’t think he ought to be. Zack always thought it was a joke, but I really respected Zack and I was hoping it would turn out to be a really good horse."

The stallion has starred in the arena, and was a respected sire before one of his offspring, Nu I Wood, was ridden by Matt Gaines to the Open Championship of the NCHA Derby on July 29.

Zack T Wood had arena earnings of $182,423, over $153,200 while ridden by Dick Gaines, according to Equi-Stat, a division of Cowboy Publishing Group.

The stallion, with Dick aboard, won the NCHA 5-Year-Old Classic Open in 1991. They also were eighth in the 1989 NCHA Futurity, and their numerous finals appearances included the NCHA Breeders Cutting (third), NCHA Derby (tie for seventh) and NCHA Super Stakes, all in 1990. Matt Gaines’ record as a non-pro on the stallion included the Super Stakes and Derby finals in 1990, NCHA 5-Year-Old Classic Non-Pro finals (tie for third) and Memphis Classic Non-Pro finalists (fifth) in 1991.
Zack T Wood and Dick Gaines also won the Junior Cutting at the 1990 AQHA World Show.

"I have ridden a lot of horses, but never many horses as intelligent as this," Dick Gaines said. "He was real hard-stopping horse and real smart on a cow."

Doc Tari, a 1970 stallion by Doc Bar out of Puro’s Linda by Puro Tivio, was shown while Dick Gaines was a non-pro. He was syndicated in 1980 for a then-record price of $2.3 million. The stallion, which died in July 1994, was the industry’s 12th-leading cutting horse sire with $5,16,117 earned by 302 performers at the end of 2000.

Lintons Lady Doc, the dam of Zack T Wood, is a 1981 mare by Mr Linton out of Jim Bar Yucca by Jim Bar Araujo. She was purchased by Dick Gaines from Don Kern, Millet, Alberta, in 1985, and in 1987, was sold to Charles R. Drummond, Pawhuska, Okla. The mare drew a bid of $12,500 from Akin & Cunningham, Whitesboro, Texas, at the Drummond Dispersal in 1997.

As a performer, Lintons Lady Doc earned $114,219, including the Lazy E Futurity 4-year-old title, eighth at the NCHA Derby, and the finals of the Breeders Cutting and Augusta Futurity in 1985, with Dick Gaines aboard. Matt showed the mare to the Non-Pro Championship at The Non Pro in 1986 and to the 6-year-old Bonanza Cutting Non-Pro title in 1987.

"She was kind of a late-maturing mare," Matt said. "She was a little flighty and hard to handle when you were getting her ready, but she was easy to show. She had a big stop and was a tremendous athlete."

Lintons Lady Doc has produced five colts that have earned $207,000. Other than Zack T Wood, her leading money earner has been Fox N Style, a 1993 model by Docs Stylish Oak, with earnings of over $13,200, while Miss Lintari, a 1987 model by Doc Tari, has earned over $11,100.

Dick said he embryoed Lintons Lady Doc to Doc Tari while he was showing her and the result was Zack T Wood.

"Both (sire and dam) were good stoppers and both were smart about a cow; he actually got the best of both," Dick said.

At the mid-point of this year, Zack T Wood had sired 53 performers with career earnings of over $1,068,000, not including 2001 NCHA championship shows.

The leading money-earner prior to Nu I Wood’s victory at the Derby, with over $177,500, is Clays Little Kit, a 1993 performer out of Clays Little Peppy by Peppy San Badger, followed at $176,934 by Nu I Wood, which is out of Baby Nu Bar by Nu Bar.

Two top performers are out of Lil Swinger by Swinging Man – I Knew She Wood, a 1991 model with $132,490, and Three Wood DG, a 1996 model with $47,652. Zack B Lee, 10, out of Brinks Hickory Lee by Doc’s Hickory, has over $58,700, and Peppy Zack, 6, out of Peppy Sue Lena by Peponita, has over $56,200.

Clays Little Kit, now owned by Lonnie and Barbara Allsup, Clovis, N.M., was a 1996 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist (11th) for Charles Spence, now deceased, and was ridden by Matt Gaines to the Open finals of 15 aged events. They were Reserve Champions of the Abilene Spectacular, fourth at the Chisholm Trail Derby and finalists at the NCHA Derby in 1997, third at the Steamboat Classic, fourth at the Bonanza, tied for sixth at the El Cid and were eighth at the Super Stakes Classic in 1998.

In 1999, they were Reserve Champions at Memphis. Since being sold, Clays Little Kit has been a consistent finalist for trainer Ascencions Banuelos and owner Lonnie Allsup.

I Knew She Wood and Dick Gaines were Open finalists at the Super Stakes, at Memphis and at Abilene in 1995, while Matt was a finalist at the 1995 Steamboat Springs Derby.

At Steamboat Springs in 1996, Spence was a Classic Non-Pro finalist and won the Limited Non-Pro on I Knew She Wood, which also was ridden by Spence and Matt Gaines to a number of other aged event finals that year, including third at Memphis, the El Cid and Southern Classic. I Knew She Wood and Matt won the El Cid Classic in 1997.

Zack B Lee, which was ridden by Dick Gaines to 10th at the 1995 NCHA Super Stakes, has earned three championships in Canada – the 1996 Canadian Classic Open (Tom Campbell) and Non-Pro (Brett Williams) and the 1998 Canadian Futurity Pro Am (Campbell).

Peppy Zack won three aged event titles – the Raleigh Futurity Open (Sam Shepard) and Non-Pro (Ken T. Smith Jr.) and Southern Futurity Non-Pro (Smith) in 1998, and the NCHA Derby Amateur (Joye Smith) in 1999. Ken Smith and Peppy Zack also were Augusta Futurity Non-Pro Reserve Champions in 1999.

Major aged event finishes for Skip Queen and Three Wood DG were fourth at the 1999 NCHA Futurity Amateur, a tie for 13th in the Super Stakes Non-Pro and six other finals appearances in 2000.

Colonel Zack also was shown successfully in the Open by Craig Thompson and Matt Gaines and by Spence in the Non-Pro in 1998 before being sold. Skip Hamilton had some strong Non-Pro finishes in 1999 and in 2000, Skip won the Congress Spring Spectacular Classic Non-Pro and Brad Mitchell was eighth in the Open on Colonel Zack.

Zacks Barmaid, out of Bargirl Ofa Playboy by Freckles Playboy, was Reserve Champion of the 1997 Bonanza Cutting 4-year-old with Dick Gaines in the saddle.

Possum Zack DG, out of Possum Hickory by Doc’s Hickory, carried Mark Pearson to the 1999 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro Championship.