The Bonanza Cutting, held Feb. 10-20 at the Somervell County Expo Center in Glen Rose, Texas, hosted the 4-Year-Old Open finals on Monday, Feb. 15. Nineteen horses competed together to take home the Championship, but only one duo came out on top.
Smooth Scooten carried Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Jason Clark to a 224 from the fourth draw, topping the next nearest score by 5 points. The blue roan stallion (Smooth As A Cat x Moms Stylish Scoot x Smart Lil Scoot), who was bred by Darren Blanton, of Dallas, Texas, and is owned by Tommy Manion Inc., of Aubrey, Texas, earned his first paycheck, worth $22,599.
This was not Clark’s first time to win a title at the Bonanza. In 2014, he tied for the 5/6-Year-Old Open Championship on Starlight Starbrite. He currently boasts more than $2.7 million in cutting earnings.
The Copper Killer, another Smooth As A Cat son, took Reserve honors with a score of 219. The sorrel stallion (out of Justa Smart Peanut x Smart Little Lena) and Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider Gary Gonsalves banked $31,038 in 2015, and added an additional $18,079 to their earnings for the Reserve Championship. The Copper Killer is a homebred belonging to Iron Rose Ranch LLC.
The 5/6-Year-Old Open finals were held Saturday, Feb. 13. From the second draw, SMF Cutting Horses LLC’s Button Down Supercat, ridden by Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider Wes Galyean, marked a 223 to lead the pack, a score that ultimately held for the win.
The 2015 Breeder’s Invitational Derby Open Reserve Champion topped her scores from both the first go (220) and the second go (219) and walked away with a $19,338 paycheck. The 5-year-old Cross Timbers Cutting Horses LLC-bred mare (Dual Rey x Highbrow Supercat x High Brow Cat) now sports $138,636 in earnings, according to Equi-Stat.
Galyean also went home with the Reserve Championship on Cowcat 511, who scored a 221.5 and banked $15,470. The 5-year-old gelding (by Metallic Cat) is the second-highest earning offspring out of the Smart Little Lena mare Cowstruck, a producer of 15 money-earning offspring ($849,581). Cowcat 511 was bred by Reata Cutting Horses LLC, of Los Olivos, California, and is also owned by SMF Cutting Horses LLC.
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