McKown Quarter Horses’ homebred MK Reymate and Tommy Marvin scored a 220 to win the 4-year-old Open at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity in Ardmore, Okla., on Feb. 22.
McKown Quarter Horses is located in Norman, Oklahoma, and is owned by Gene and Judy McKown. Gene McKown grew up in Ardmore and competed in the Hardy Murphy Arena, where the Futurity took place.
“I spent all my youth playing in that arena,” McKown said. “A colt we raised won the first Arbuckle Futurity and was on the cover of Quarter Horse News with Tommy riding.”
“We got the right kind of draw – middle ways – we had the cows that we liked, and my help did a great job and helped me find them,” said Marvin, who was fifth to work in the first set. “The plan from the beginning was to try to win on him. He’s been special from the beginning. I had bad luck at the (NCHA) Futurity – missed it by a point. He was good. It just didn’t work.”
The 2010 son of Dual Rey will spend some time in the breeding shed before heading to the NCHA Super Stakes and other cuttings this summer. He is out of the Smart Mate daughter Runnin Mate, a career earner of $68,003 who has produced the earners of $345,535, according to Equi-Stat.
“We kept the best mare that we own, and we are going to breed to him,” McKown added.
With the next-to-last draw in the 23-horse finals, Matt Gaines rode Miss Priss Pepto (Peptoboonsmal x Prissie Cat x High Brow Cat) to a 218.5 for Reserve Champion honors. Miss Priss Pepto is owned by Anderson Cattle Company of Victoria, Texas.
On Feb. 21, Cattalou and Beau Galyean marked a 222 to win the 5/6-Year-Old Open. Cattalou (High Brow Cat x Louella Again x Dual Pep) is owned by Curtis Chester of Weatherford, Texas. R.L. Chartier II rode Fort Worth Pipeline (Cats Merada x Fort Worth Skyline x Mr Skyline Peppy) to a 221 to tie Wes Galyean and Thundercat for reserve champion honors. Fort Worth Pipeline is owned by Lisa Bankston of Fort Worth, Texas. Thundercat (High Brow Cat x Desire Some Freckles x Freckles Playboy) is owned by Steven Feiner of Aspen, Colorado.
The 4-year-old $50,000 Amateur Finals on Feb. 23 ended with co-champions – Gary Reichart and Rocky Davis. Reichart of Franklin, Indiana, was second into the herd and rode CR Duty N Sacrifice (Cat Ichi x Pop A Jay Top x Pop A Top Pep) to a 213. Davis of Alberta, Canada, was next in the draw and tied Reichart with a 213 on Nitarey Cine (Nitas Wood x Miss Reycine x Dual Rey).
Wade Smith of Geary, Oklahoma, was the busiest rider at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity on Feb. 23. He qualified to all four finals that day and won the 5/6-year-old $50,000 Amateur with a 221 on his Appaloosa mare Smooth Application (Smooth As A Cat x Hickory Dickory Lena [AP] x Ima Doc O’Lena [AP]) and the 4-year-old Unlimited Amateur with a 219 on Lil Pep N Time (One Time Pepto x Shortly Lil Pep x Dual Pep).
Robert Gale of Conway, South Carolina and Starlight Rey (Dual Smart Rey x Starlight Gem x Grays Starlight) marked a 213 for the Reserve Championship in the 4-year-old Unlimited Amateur. Catherine Wunder of Stilwell, Kansas, and Hal Ofa Filly (Halreycious x CD Fillylena x CD Olena) earned 217 in the 5/6-year-old $50,000 Amateur for Reserve Champion honors.
Bobbie Howe of Santa Ynez, California, and LHR Royal Flush (One Time Pepto x Stylish Amanda x Docs Stylish Oak) marked a 220.5 to win the 5/6-year-old Unlimited Amateur. Ryder Carpenter of Silverton, Texas, and Blazin Flash (Purdy Boy Flash x Rose Marie Merada x Freckles Merada) were the fourth team to work and marked a 219 for the Reserve Championship.
On Feb. 24, Kelle Earnheart of Gordon, Texas, and Flash About (Purdy Boy Flash x Play Miss x Playgun) marked a 225 to win the 5/6-year-old Non-Pro. Dustin Adams of Poolville, Texas, and Sugar Hy (Hydrive Cat x Billies Smart Lena x Smart Little Lena) earned a 217.5 to finish second.
Kristen Galyean of Claremore, Oklahoma, and ZR One (Peptoboonsmal x That Catomine x High Brow Cat) marked a 225 to win the 4-year-old Non Pro at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity. Brandon Dufurrena of Gainesville, Texas, and Purple Reyn (Metallic Cat x Miss Ella Rey x Dual Rey) marked a 220.5 for the Reserve Championship.
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