Jerry Gregory and Bianca Starlight were the first draw in the Derby Amateur finals at the PCCHA Futurity, and their score of 215 proved to be unbeatable by the next eight horses in the set. The duo walked away with the bragging rights and a paycheck for $2,500.
Bianca Starlight’s (Sanjo Starlight x Miss Doc Play Gun x Playgun) Equi-Stat record now reflects a total of more than $20,000. She is the top money-earner on her sire’s offspring record, and she is the only performer out of Miss Doc Play Gun.
Gregory, of Fruita, Colorado, now has more than $68,000 in earnings, according to Equi-Stat. He also made the Derby Unlimited finals with Bianca Starlight, where they placed fifth and earned an additional $2,750.
There was a three-way tie for the Reserve title. Steve Olsen and Lil Red Metallic (Metallic Cat x Lil Faye Rey x Dual Rey), Adam Pollard and Rittle Me This (Riosmysister x Slip Down Girl x Slip Down Lena) and Robert Thigpen and Barbies Blue Cat (Metallic Cat x High Barbie x Smart Lil Highbrow) all marked 214s and each took home a check for $1,971.
Lauren Middleton and Ironn Butterfly were victorious in the Classic/Challenge Non-Pro finals after marking a 224 to best their nearest competitor by a 2.5-point margin. The title came with a check for $8,500.
This win pushed Ironn Butterfly’s (Just Playin Smart x Smart Cat Moria x High Brow Cat) lifetime earnings to nearly $85,000, according to Equi-Stat. She is the leading money-earner by Just Playin Smart and also tops Smart Cat Moria’s produce record. Middleton, of Weatherford, Texas, has a lifetime record of more than $550,000.
“We had a few cows in mind, and we got to cut all of them,” Middleton said. “We just wanted to make her go stop, because that’s her thing.”
Brandon Dufurrena and 2015 National Cutting Horse Association Non-Pro Horse of the Year Purple Reyn (Metallic Cat x Miss Ella Rey x Dual Rey) took home the Reserve Championship and $7,000.
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