Stars Freckled Girl Named John Deere Open Champion

starsfreckledgirlStars Freckled Girl & Greg WrightAt first it seemed like there would be a tie for the championship during the John Deere Open finals at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes, held Sunday, April 13, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The 15th draw in the 16-horse finals, however, came in to take the Championship by 1 point.

Stars Freckled Girl (Metallic Cat x Badge To The Bone x Freckles Playboy) and Greg Wright won the Championship, which included a $9,615 paycheck, with a 217. This win boosted Wright’s Equi-Stat record to more than $774,000.

Stars Freckled Girl now boasts a record of more than $55,800. She was bred by Philip and Leah Hanson, of Weatherford, Texas, the latter of which (“Leah”) she was named after. She is now owned by Lincoln and Bonnie Clifton, of Oklahoma City, and she is the highest-earning performer out of Badge To The Bone. Other money-earning offspring out of Badge To The Bone include Bluish, with $8,489, and The Big Spoon, with $1,565.

Two Co-Reserve Champions took home checks from the finals. Draw six was Wes Ashlock riding Gone Are The Times (One Time Pepto x Junies Unlimited x Short Of Santana), who was bred by Vicki Bass, of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The mare is owned by John and Jana Thacker, of Abilene Texas. Tying with Ashlock was Fons De Barbanson riding Wild Starz, by Wilds My Thing. The duo was ninth in the draw. The horse is owned by Nachos Quarter Horses LLC/Ignacio Zubillaga, of Venezuela.

Both teams marked a 216 to earn their second-place honors, and each received a $7,776 paycheck.

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