Creedence Clearwater, a 5-year-old mare ridden by Lloyd Cox, and 6-year-old mare Starlight Starbrite, ridden by Jason Clark, tied for Tuesday’s 5/6-Year-Old Open title at the Bonanza Cutting in Glen Rose, Texas, with 220.5 scores to earn identical $19,850 checks.
Creedence Clearwater (Peptoboonsmal x Duals Play Kit x Kit Dual) and Cox, who relocated from a longtime training base in Colorado to a new one in Claremore, Okla., last year, won the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Futurity Classic Open last fall. That was right after the new duo started working together. This is their second limited-age win and they also reached the Open finals at January’s Abilene Spectacular.
Clark, of Millsap, Texas, had trained Creedence Clearwater in the past, after Oklahoma trainer Shannon Hall started her, Cox said, adding he’d always liked the mare. “Since I’ve had her, she’s really been good,” said Cox, who got the mare from owner and non-pro rider Monty Johnson, of Amarillo, Texas, a few months ago.
“She’s just a great overall mare,” Cox said of the late-blooming consistent finalist. “You couldn’t ask for much better. I can’t say enough good things about her.”
Starlight Starbrite (Somebody Smart x Wish Upona Starlight x Grays Starlight) closed in on the $100,000 mark as a cutting earner thanks to her Open co-championship with Clark. She’s close enough, Clark added, that he insisted owner Jayme Toledo De Resende, of Granbury, Texas, compete with the horse during this week’s Amateur competition at the same show.
“He wants to get her over $100,000 and she finished just about $100 short of that,” Clark said. “He didn’t want to show her, but I’m making him.”
Starlight Starbrite, considered a promising broodmare prospect, is scheduled to be bred to High Brow Cat via embryo transfer this spring, while continuing to compete throughout her 6-year-old season, Clark said.