Crete, IL --- An $11,000 yearling purchase from the 2012 Walker Standardbred Sale has proved to be an investment gone right for a quartet of Evergreen Park, Ill.-based owners.
Acquired one year ago, PQ Three has done nothing less than earn $106,899 in just ten starts for brothers Brian, Danny and Patrick Quaid, and close friend Chess Obermeier. As if that weren't enough, the gelded son of Yankee Skyscaper also became the fastest 2-year-old colt ever to win at Springfield, when he took a mark of 1:50 at the one-mile oval on Aug. 15, besting the previous record of 1:50.2 set by Lucky's Z Tam and Hot N Sporty in 2005.
Since then, he's rattled off another pair of victories: first at Du Quion on Aug. 25 when he won the $43,000 Governor's Cup in 1:52.2; and then just last week when he won his $15,000 Orange & Blue elim in 1:54.1. Both triumphs were scored with traditional, wire-to-wire
"We all got involved together in the harness racing business in 2007," Brian explained. "We had been coming to the races for as long as I can remember. We used to take the bus to Sportsman's Park when we were young and kept that love and passion for the sport as we all got older. One day, we all decided to buy a horse together and that quickly snowballed."
PQ Three -- named for Patrick's 8-year-old son -- scored his record-setting victory in the $45,000 Illinois State Fair Freshman Colt Stake with driver Mike Oosting steering the youngster for trainer Erv Miller.
"We were all there with our families and it was very exciting," Brian stressed. "Another one of our horses, My Little Bit, won the 2-year-old filly championship, so it was just a great day."
Brian, 40, is a Chicago fireman, while Danny, 39, is a Chicago police officer. Patrick, 37 and Chess, 50, are both option traders.
Brian says buying PQ Three was definitely a group decision.
"Erv (trainer Miller) had recommended him to us; he had gone to see him at the farm," Brian explained. "We all throw our two cents in and we compare lists when it comes to buying yearlings. He was a very good looking yearling.
"We went to Florida to watch this colt train and he appeared to be very smooth on the track," he continued. "All winter long Erv kept telling us what a nice colt he was and that he seemed to have a lot of speed."
PQ Three began his racing career on June 13 in a Pocono Downs qualifier, finishing fourth in 1:59.2. He then finished second in a freshman race at that same track, timed in 1:56 with Erv's son Marcus at the lines, a week later.
The youngster's pari-mutuel debut came on June 30 at Balmoral, when he finished a strong second, paired with Oosting for the first time, in 1:58. He was second again one week later, this time clocked in 1:53.
PQ Three then put together a three-race win streak at Balmoral, winning his NW1 class in 1:54.4 on July 14; the $10,000 Mini Me elim in 1:54.3 on July 20; and the $63,500 Mini Me Final in 1:54.2 on July 27 at the Crete one-miler.
He was then second in the $46,100 Hanover Stake on Aug. 3 in 1:54.2, and second again in his $8,000 State Fair elim on Aug. 9, clocked in 1:53.2.
"PQ Three is definitely the fastest horse we've ever owned, and we have very high hopes for him," Brian observed. "Of course winning on Super Night is our ultimate goal for this year."
Bred by Fox Valley Standardbreds, PQ Three is the eighth of ten foals out of the lightly raced Cam Fella mare Sweltering ($2,731). He is a half-brother to Fox Valley Steamin (by Richess Hanover) p,6,1:51.3 ($113,727); Fox Valley Virago (by Sportsmaster) p,4,1:53.4 ($93,950); Fox Valley Sizzle (by Incredible Finale) p,4,1:56.4h ($31,133); and Fox Valley Odessa (by Sportsmaster) p,4,1:57.4h ($30,406).
"PQ Three is staked to everything in Illinois, and we're just hoping he continues doing well for the rest of this season," Brian said.
The Obermeier & Quaid Stable, LLC partnership currently owns 14 horses, including the aforementioned My Little Bit p,2,1:53.4 ($44,800) and Darth Quaider p,2,1:52.3 ($87,426). Maevey Gravey p,3 1:55 ($190,110) was one of last season's top ICF trotting fillies, and is owned by Patrick, as is Reilly's Daughter p,3,1:52.1 ($153,590), who is now in foal to Western Terror.