<P>50 FEBRUARY 2013 Q-RACING JOURNAL Derby (R) and Adequan Arapahoe Derby Challenge, and closed his year by finishing third in the $202,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1). The next year, he won the American Flyer Stakes and was second in the Dolls Prodigy Stakes, both at the Herrmans home track, Arapahoe Park in Aurora, Colorado. In 2012, Patriots Glory won the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association Championship (R), then triumphed in the Bank of America Turf Paradise Challenge Championship (G3). Crossed again with Mr Eye Opener, DG Miss Daisy pro- duced stakes-placed runner Iza Flyin Eye, an earner of $23,635 and the producer of stakes-placed runners Iza Flyin Bye (by Apollo (TB), $31,044) and Iza Colorado Lady (by Okey Dokey Dale, $14,835). Next from DG Miss Daisy was the Rare Form filly Rarest Daisy. A top-flight runner, the filly qualified for the 2002 West Texas Futurity (G1) and Cherry Creek Futurity (RG3) as a freshman. The next year, she won the Aurora Derby (RG3) and then the next year won the West/Southwest Distaff Challenge (G3), all while earning a career bankroll of $102,589. Also of note is DG Miss Daisys 2006 foal, a Mr Eye Opener gelding named Eyes Kudos, a three-time stakes- placed runner with earnings of $47,185. Shes a real sweetheart, Dick says of DG Miss Daisy. Her babies, theyre pretty much like her – as far as gate horses, they dont have that trait. But theyre nice to be around, super horses. Theyre smart and real trainable. In 2007, DG Miss Daisy was inducted into the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame. The mare has faithfully produced a foal every year since 1995, and has several youngsters on the ground that the Herrmans are excited about watching. The Herrmans have four children: Greg, Lori, Patty and Rene. They also have seven grandchildren and six great- grandchildren, and they are able to share some of the excite- ment of racing with their family – for example, when they went to watch Patriots Glory contest the $353,500 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), they were able to bring two grandsons and two great-grandsons with them. Their family will carry on the tradition with horses as well – Greg and his sons, Matt and Andy, help with the horses. They help me a lot with the ranch and horse chores, Dick says. They will also be owners this year – they will race their 2-year-old Blowin On Bye, a gelding by Furyofthewind out of Iza Flyin Bye. For 30 years, Dick owned a Denver-based company called Space Saver Systems Inc, which designed and installed high- density storage units. I sold it in 1989, he says. My wife asked me what I was going to do, and I said I was just going to enjoy the horse thing. And with the help of a few good homebred horses, they certainly have. Andrea Caudill is an editor for The American Quarter Horse Journal. To comment, write to acaudill@aqha.org. When Dick bought her, Tyroon was in foal to Special Effort. The resulting foal, a gelding named DG Special (for Dick and Genny and their D&G Ranch) was a race winner, but it would be several more foals before the Herrmans got their big horse. In 1990, Tyroon foaled a sorrel filly by Bully Bullion that they dubbed DG Miss Daisy. It would be this mare who would produce their line of runners. Everything I own is either a daughter or son, a grand- daughter or grandson, Dick says. Everything. Shes 23 years old now, but she looks like shes 10. DG Miss Daisy began her race career on a good note – a solid length victory in her maiden start. She ran consistently throughout the year, finishing in the top three in eight of 11 starts, including a third in the Northeast Kansas Futurity (G3) behind eventual racing champion Rare Bar. In several races, she finished just behind top runners including Mr Eye Opener, Dash Thru Traffic and Yawls Rabbit. She also posted an impressive career-best speed index of 103. She was a little ornery in the gates – she was her own worst enemy, really, he remembers. At the time, I was pretty new to the game, but I was told by several established horse breeders and owners that she was just that far from being a great racehorse, if she would just behave in the gate. The following year, she started in the Cherry Creek Derby (R). She false-broke and broke her gate open, ran down the track about 350 or 400 yards before they got her stopped, he remembers. My trainer at the time was ponying her. He brought her back, and I was standing up by the gate. He said ‘What should we do? I said, ‘Put her back in the gate and let her run! They put her back in, she ran the race and won it. She won it, all right – by 1 1/4 lengths, while earning yet another 103 speed index. A Line of Runners DG MISS DAISY RETIRED WITH EARNINGS OF $30,163 TO BEGIN her broodmare career. Her first two foals, by Second Merridoc and Sir Austin Duncan, both earned their racing Registers of Merit, but it was when they crossed her on top sire Mr Eye Opener that they hit on some flower power. The result was Daisy N Eye, who was second in the 2000 Cherry Creek Futurity (RG3) and earned $56,748. She is the dam of stakes winner Rare Pizazz (by Rare Form, $48,745) and the aforementioned Patriots Glory. Patriots Glory is by Game Patriot, a son of Chicks Beduino. As a sophomore, the gelding won the 2010 Lucille Rowe PHOTO CREDIT Andy, Matt and Greg Herrman stand with DG Miss Daisy. 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