When the top 13 horses all score within five points of each other, it makes for an exciting finals. That’s exactly what happened during the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Non-Pro finals when the top team, Ray Baldwin and Dont Look Now, scored a 219 to take the Championship.
Dont Look Now and Baldwin came out of the third draw in a field of 18 horses to secure their win. Though there were many close scores during the rides that followed, no one could touch their 219. The closest rider was Cade Shepard riding Some Kinda Highbrow (High Brow CD x Some Kinda Memories x Smart Little Lena). Shepard marked a 217.5 to take home the Reserve Championship and a check for $15,236 with the Shrontz Family Ltd Partners-bred gelding.
Baldwin said he would have been happy to just be in the top three after watching the performances given by the field of evenly-matched horses.
“I just figured that one of these runs was going to be the big one!” he said.
Baldwin was particularly pleased with how his horse performed, who was gelded last year due to the then-stallion’s tough nature.
“It’s taken about six to nine months to really find his groove,” he remarked. “He’s really turned into a wonderful gelding. He and I fit real well.”
Dont Look Now is by Dual Rey and out of the High Brow Cat mare Dont Look Twice, who is the all-time leading cutting mare with $831,035 in earnings. Baldwin was ecstatic that this win will advance Dont Look Twice’s reputation even further.
“My parents, of Waco Bend Ranch, own Dont Look Twice. She’s been such an incredible blessing for us,” Baldwin said. “She was that one special mare.”
Baldwin and Dont Look Now earned $15,897, which doubles Dont Look Now’s current earnings in Equi-Stat. He is the second-highest-earning offspring out of Dont Look Twice. His full brother, Dont Stopp Believin, is the highest-earning offspring out of Dont Look Twice with cutting earnings of $90,864.
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