<P>70 SEPTEMBER 2013 Q-RACING JOURNAL Seventeen of the 20 finalists in the All American Futurity and Derby – including Feature Hero – are Racing Free horses. Owners and breeders can enroll horses in the Racing Free program, and when their horses win races with clean drug tests, can earn money back. We are very proud of the fact that we have so many owners in the industry willing to stand up against the use of perfor- mance-enhancing drugs, Micah said. Feature Hero is not only racing free – but hes racing fast and racing rich, and has raced into the history books. Richard Chamberlain, Martha Claussen and Denis Blake contributed to this story. Andrea Caudill is editor of the Q-Racing Journal. To comment, write to acaudill@aqha.org We started running horses about nine years ago, said Micah. We were visiting one day – my dad and my wife and I – and one of us said, ‘Why dont we go buy a racehorse? We looked at each other and said, ‘We dont know anything about racehorses, but we can try to figure it out. The family did just that, and has become involved with numerous aspects of the racing industry. They race mostly Quarter Horses, along with a few Thoroughbreds. They own a broodmare band of about 20 mares, including the likes of champion Spit Curl Diva ($829,353), Grade 1-placed Back In The Pack ($131,831) and stakes winner Illegal Fireworks ($181,847), among others, and raise about 20-25 foals per year. The McKinneys are learning very fast – in addition to Feature Hero, they also have freshman star Coronado Cartel ($314,348) and distaffer Cruzin The Wagon ($336,869) among those carrying their colors. Feature Hero was a $40,000 purchase from the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, and attracted their interest and that of Willis first because of the bloodline cross between Corona Chick (dam of his sire Valiant Hero) and Feature Mr Jess (sire of dam Illegal Feature), and then because he was a nice individual. The gelding was bred in Oklahoma by Lana Merrick and Kent Jackson. He is by the third-year sire Valiant Hero ($668,633), who won the 2006 Texas Classic Futurity (G1) and the 2007 Heritage Place Derby (G2). From 186 starters in three crops raced, Valiant Hero is represented by 110 winners, including 15 stakes winners and the earners of more than $6 million. Feature Hero is the first winner from three starters out of the winning Feature Mr Jess mare Illegal Feature ($23,410). His second dam, Illegally Special, was second in Quik Jollas 2003 West Texas Futurity (G1). Bon Accord races for breeders J. Garvin Kelly and Nancy Yearsley, who own the horse in partnership with Vinewood Farms. Trained by Juan Aleman and ridden by Rodrigo Aceves, the horse earned $505,761 for finishing second. He now has a record of 7-4-1-0 and earnings of $529,828. Bon Accord is by Shazoom and out of the Royal Quick Dash mare Dream Mirage. Point Break Dash races for Jon and Donna McPherson. The First Down Dash colt was trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Ramon Sanchez, and earned $280,978 for finishing third. Racing Free FEATURE HERO ALSO REPRESENTS A VERY IMPORTANT INDUSTRY movement of horsemen speaking out against the use of perfor- mance-enhancing medications. Micah and Leslie founded Racing Free, a rapidly growing industry alliance of owners, breeders and other horsemen dedicated to eliminating the use of illegal performance-enhancing medications. Racing Free encourages the elimination of such medications by offering a positive way for the industry to speak out against the practice, as well as providing rewards to enrolled members. 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