Mike Armstrong, of Marietta, Oklahoma, and Red Hot Metal topped the 6-horse Derby Amateur finals after marking a 217, taking home the Championship. They also received a winner’s check worth $3,500, which boosted the red roan stallion’s earnings to $10,533.
“He’s a simple horse,” Armstrong said of “Red.” “He’s easy. He’s a stud, and you’d never know it. He’s just a great horse to get along with.”
The Reserve Championship went to Michelle Van Dyke, of Sheridan, Montana, and Boonsmate (Boonsmal Cee Lena x Ellies Little Mate x Smart Little Mate) who marked a 213.5. Boonsmate, who was bred by Kristina Fish, added $2,482 to his lifetime earnings.
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