Tuesday, April 5 was all about the amateurs at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes. At the end of a long day, Bear Davis and Red Solo Catt brought home the Unlimited Amateur title and a check worth $9,758.
Davis was draw eight out of 30 horses, but his impressive score of 219 held up until the end of the second set, besting his closest competitor by 3 points. This win pushed Davis’ lifetime earnings past the $50,000 mark, and Red Solo Catt (Metallic Cat x Amanda Starlight x Grays Starlight), who was bred by Rod and Mary Jane Kelley, now has an Equi-Stat record of more than $45,000.
“I was just trying to get through the run, so I went out there and found the cows I was supposed to cut, and it worked out,” Davis said of his winning run on Kim and Whit Davis’ gelding.
Mike Townsend and Faith In My Kat (Smooth As A Cat x Faith In Your Mate x Smart Mate) marked a 216 for the Reserve Championship and collected a check for $9,325.
The 28-horse Amateur finals resulted in Co-Champions when two horse-and-rider combinations marked 217s. As draw four, Mike Townsend entered the pen and laid down a solid run aboard his homebred mare, Faith In My Kat. Then, Regan Plendl marked the same score on her mare, MK Kenli (Smooth As A Cat x MK Little Miss Trona x Little Trona), toward the end of the first set.
Both competitors earned checks worth $6,553 for their efforts. After receiving another check in the Unlimited Amateur finals with MK Kenli, Plendl now has an Equi-Stat record of almost $90,000. Meanwhile, MK Kenli boosted her lifetime earnings to nearly $20,000.
“She’s a great horse and she just tries really hard,” Plendl said following her run on the Gene Mckown Living Trust-bred.
Townsend’s Equi-Stat record is nearing $75,000, and Faith In My Kat now boasts almost $20,000 in lifetime earnings after kick-starting her record with an Unlimited Amateur Reserve title at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity in February.
“We got a lot of good working time, and I was really happy with the run,” Townsend said after the finals.
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