Cromed Out Cat (pictured here at 2017 West Texas Futurity) won the Cotton Stakes Classic Open with a 224.

Amarillo Heats up With Open at West Texas Futurity

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.

4-Year-Old Open

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.

3-Year-Old Open

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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