As the Open limited-age classes wrapped up at the West Texas Futurity, held Aug. 10-20 in Amarillo, Texas, cutting fans had a lot to talk about. A new crop of 3-year-olds is making its debut and familiar names in the 4-Year-Old and 5/6-Year-Old divisions are continuing to dominate.
Monday, Aug. 14, marked the first finals of the show, with 5- and 6-year-old horses battling it out for the No. 1 spot. Cromed Out Cat (High Brow Cat x Peptos Fancy Jewel x Peptoboonsmal) and Geoffrey “Spud” Sheehan earned a 226.5 to edge out Reserve Champions Metallic Rebel (Metallic Cat x Sweet Abra x Abrakadabracre) and Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider Beau Galyean by merely a half-point.
Owned by Beechfork Ranch, of Millington, Tennessee, Cromed Out Cat garnered $9,000 for his 5/6-Year-Old Open Championship. That win pushes the Jackson Land & Cattle Co.-bred mare’s lifetime earnings past the $135,000 mark. Sheehan, who trains out of Weatherford, Texas, now boasts an Equi-Stat record of more than $900,000.
The $8,100 Metallic Rebel brought home for owner Thomas Guinn, of Philadelphia, Mississippi, elevated the 5-year-old Fults Ranch Ltd.-bred stallion’s performance record to nearly $325,000, according to Equi-Stat.
The morning of Aug. 15 at the West Texas Futurity opened with the 4-Year-Old Open finals – a class jam-packed with talent. The top five horses marked a 218 or higher, but Hashtags and Tatum Rice proved to be unstoppable when they took the Championship with a 225.
Rice, an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider, and Hashtags (Metallic Cat x Dual Rey Tag x Dual Rey) led the pack by 1.5 points to garner a $10,000 paycheck. Bred by Jim Haworth, of South West City, Missouri, the 4-year-old stallion is the highest-earning 2013 offspring of Equi-Stat Elite $14 Million Sire Metallic Cat with around $226,000 earned.
Hashtags, owned by Jose Raul Garcia, debuted at the 2016 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, where a 215.5 earned him and Rice an eighth-place finish in the Open. The duo went on to win the NCHA Super Stakes Open in April with a final-round 220 and to finish fourth in the Breeder’s Invitational Derby Open with a 222. A third-place tie at the recent NCHA Summer Spectacular showed improvement still when the team marked a 223. Their West Texas showing only kept that momentum going.
The 4-Year-Old Open Reserve title was awarded to Reyzurbetsonthiscat who marked a 223.5 to pick up a $9,500 check. The 2013 gelding (Bet Hesa Cat x Ariel Rey x Dual Rey), bred by Linda Holsey, was ridden by Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Craig Thompson and is owned by Huntersville, North Carolina, cutter Barnwell Ramsey.
The day only continued to get better for Craig Thompson and Barnwell Ramsey when they moved from a successful 4-Year-Old Open finals to an even better 3-Year-Old Open finals. This time the rider and his client earned top honors.
Thompson piloted Sanjo Playn Jacks to a cool 221.5 to win the 3-Year-Old Open Championship and start the sorrel mare’s Equi-Stat record out right with a $13,500 payday.
Sanjo Playn Jacks is by Cats Quixote Jack, who is nearing million-dollar sire status. She is out of the 2007 Playdox mare Sanjo Play, who garnered almost $60,000 in her own performance career. This is Sanjo Play’s first offspring to be recorded in Equi-Stat.
After marking a 220, David and Stacie McDavid’s DMAC Geisha Girl and Clint Allen secured the 3-Year-Old Open Reserve Championship, worth $12,000. The sorrel Smooth As A Cat mare is out of Cee Stylish Oak (by Docs Stylish Oak), an earner of $51,818 and $100,000-plus producer.
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