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High Brow Cat saw a virtual avalanche of winners among his get in multiple competitions around the world.In the weeks leading up to the 2015 NCHA World Champion Futurity, eight-time Futurity Open Champion sire
The Champion of the Brazos Bash Open Classic, Snap Crackle Cat, is no stranger to the winner’s circle. The talented gelding is out of Dualsnap and was a Co-Champion at the Arbuckle Futurity Open Classic earlier this year. “Crackle” was originally trained by Mark Michels and is owned by John & Nancy McClaren before being sent to Tatum as a late 4-year-old. The gritty gelding marked a 225 for the win to claim the $19,000 winner’s check giving him total career earnings in excess of $81,000.
Eazee E out of Zee Dually took the Brazos Bash Classic Challenge Reserve Championship with Tatum Rice aboard. She was purchased from the yearling sale at the NCHA Futurity and has been in training with Tatum throughout her career. The pair have made a Dynamic Duo, marking a 222 for the reserve spot along with the $16,500 check bringing the mares total career earnings to just under $70,000 so far.
In the Idaho Futurity, Cats Out Of The Bag put down an impressive 222 point for owners Reed & Cheryl McClymont, who purchased the five-year-old gelding from trainer Kenneth Platt’s brother Alex and his wife Tonya right before the start of the Idaho Futurity. The pair earned the Co- Champions check for $9,063.73 plus also winning the Gelding division that paid an extra $624.
Joes Last Cat carried Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Todd Bimat, of Orland, California, to the Pacific Coast Classic/Challenge Open win after marking a 224 in the nine-horse finals. Their score surpassed the nearest competition by 1 point, locking down the $10,000 winner’s check for owner Jerry Erwin, of Ridgefield, Washington. Joes Last Cat out of Royally Smart Fancy by Smart Little Lena is a 6-year-old gelding bred by Jack Waggoner, of Bridgeport, Texas, boasted more than $140,000 in lifetime earnings before arriving in Rancho Murieta. His is the second-highest-earning offspring out of his dam, whose total progeny earnings top $440,000.
In the PCCHA Non Pro Championship, Mesacat took winner’s check of $7,058, for owner Thomas deRegt, of Carmel, California, who came from the fourth draw to mark a 218 and take home the paycheck. Throughout the week,
Mesacat proved she could do double-duty as an open and non-pro horse. Grant Setnicka rode the mare to place fifth in the Classic/Challenge Open finals, which deRegt was proud of. The mare is out of Mesoke, who deRegt won the Derby Non-Pro with at the PCCHA Derby and Classic/Challenge in 2006.
Finally, across the pond in Lyon, France, Catchoo out of Dual Flo by Dual Pep, became the first European $15,000 Amateur Champion for owner Francois Rilleni of France.