Bono Rhythm surprises in Speed Sale Futurity

For owner and breeder C.W. Mullenix, racing in Indiana has been an investment that dates back to 1987. He brought the stallion Born Runner to the state from Oklahoma that year, which changed the landscape of Quarter Horse racing in the Hoosier State. Thirty years later, Mullenix continues to invest in the program from his farm in Carbon, Ind. and his latest graduate, Bono Rhythm, is carrying on the winning tradition. The two-year-old filly broke her maiden in the fifth running of the $44,080 Speed Sale Futurity Saturday, Oct. 21 at Indiana Grand.


Bono Rhythm and Rodney Prescott surprised the field in the $44,080 Speed Sale Futurity during the final all-Quarter Horse night of 2017 at Indiana Grand. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post six, Bono Rhythm fired out of the gate for jockey Rodney Prescott and drifted to the inside, finding a path to follow during the 330 yard dash. Prescott kept after the petite daughter of Bono Jazz and held onto a short lead. In the final strides, Bono Rhythm was joined by Speranza Di Capi and Oscar Macias along the inside but was able to get to the wire first by the margin of a head over Speranza Di Capi. Race favorite Jessalilsecret and Berkley Packer rallied from the outside to close in for third. The time of the race was :17.201 seconds.

 At odds of 17-1, Bono Rhythm paid $37.00, $10.60, $6.80 across the board for the win. It was her fourth career start and the first time she had hit the board in any of those tries for Mullenix and trainer Randy Haffner.

Owner-Breeder C.W. Mullenix talks with Rachel McLaughlin, on-air racing personality at Indiana Grand, following his surprise trip to the winner’s circle with Bono Rhythm in the Speed Sale Futurity Sat. Oct. 21. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

 “You are not going to believe this but all we used this year for was training,” said Mullenix. “Getting a win was unexpected. This is like a bonus. Her momma (Dashs Rhythm) is a pet. She was a Canadian champion and won nine races, four of which were stakes races. So we had hoped this filly would be a Derby winner. But, we weren’t expecting anything from her this year.”

 Bono Rhythm added another $24,000 onto her career bankroll for Mullenix. She will enjoy time off before preparing for her three-year-old season.

 “We ran this filly (Bono Rhythm) through the sale last year,” added Mullenix. “But she was Hip No. 1 and you know what that meant. She didn’t bring very much so we brought her back. She’s pretty small but she can run. This is the most fun we’ve had since Born Runner has been gone.”

 Born Runner passed away in 2009. To honor his legacy in the state of Indiana, the Born Runner Classic is held each year in June. Now in its seventh year, the stakes race was won by horses from Born Runner mares the first five years, making the race even extra special to Mullenix.