The last week of the Breeder’s Invitational is coming to a close, but the show days are still packed full with exciting finals. There were three finals on Thursday, May 26, and first up was the Derby $10,000 Novice Horse Open.
Equi-Stat Elite $7 Million Rider Lloyd Cox, of Marietta, Oklahoma, rode two horses in the 20-horse finals, but it was Darren Blanton’s Cat Man Blues that carried him to a 222 for the Derby $10,000 Novice Horse Open Championship, worth $14,895.
“It always feels really great to win at a place like this,” Cox said.
Just behind Cox were Michael Cooper and Lookn Smooth N Sassy (Smooth As A Cat x The Smart Look x Smart Little Lena), who marked a 220.5 to win the Reserve Championship and $12,663.
Bear Davis kept the fire going from his win in the Unlimited Amateur at the National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes by laying down a 218.5 in the Derby Amateur finals.
The score on his family-owned gelding Red Solo Catt (Metallic Cat x Amanda Starlight x Grays Starlight) was strong enough to top the division by 4.5 points and bring in a check of $7,317.
This win pushed Red Solo Catt beyond the $50,000 mark in lifetime earnings, and Davis is hoping to bring the gelding to $100,000 by the end of 2016.
“I’m just so taken back and so happy,” Davis said. “It has just been going really well for me.”
Rhein Standish and homebred-gelding Im Countin Starz (Im Countin Checks x Catrina Starlight x High Brow Cat) marked a 214 for the Reserve Championship, worth $5,618.
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