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Shepard Wins Third 4-Year-Old Futurity Open Title in Augusta

4-Year-Old Futurity Non-Pro

Several horses in the 4-Year-Old Futurity Open did double-duty in the 4-Year-Old Futurity Non-Pro. One of those horses, Meradas Molly Mac, ended up walking away with the Non-Pro Championship after her owner, Amber Wilson-Czisny, piloted her to a 220.5 from the seventh draw. The mare also tied for fourth in the Open with Wilson-Czisny’s husband, Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Wayne Czisny.

“I said to Devon [MacArthur, a friend] and Wayne on the way down that I just wanted a top five finish. I’d be so excited for that,” Wilson-Czisny said. “So this is like, wow. I just didn’t expect it a big score like that. I was just trying to cut clean and mark as much as I could mark, and it worked out so well.”

Wilson-Czisny, of Marietta, Oklahoma, and Meradas Molly Mac (Cats Merada x Quixotes Molly Mac x Quixote Mac), who was bred by Bettina Jary-Mathis, received $6,000 for the win, which boosts Wilson-Czisny’s Equi-Stat earnings to more than $255,000. The Reserve Championship went to Lisa Johnson and On The Sly Side, who marked a 219 from the fifth draw. Johnson and her Carroll’s Cutting LLC-bred mare (That Sly Cat x Sallie B Smart x Smart Little Lena) took home $4,950 to Benson, North Carolina.

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