A Star Is Borne
A Star Is Borne and Michael Cooper catured the 2019 Holy Cow Performance Horses PCCHA Futurity. * Photo by Scootem-n-Shootem.

Brilliant: A Star Is Borne Extends Winning Streak in Vegas

A Star Is Borne rolled into Las Vegas for this week’s Holy Cow Performance Horses Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Futurity on a two-show win streak. She’ll leave with a 226-point victory and, arguably, claim to being the hottest 3-year-old cutting horse in the country.

The win on Tuesday, Oct. 8, was her third Open title in a little over a month, coming on the heels of victories in last month’s Cotton Stakes and the Brazos Bash. She’s now won more than $54,000 for owners Belle Terre Ranch, of Corinth, Mississippi.

Trainer Michael Cooper, aboard for all three wins, said the sorrel mare’s success is a testament to her attitude, talent and heart. Raised by breeder Rose Valley Ranch, where Cooper trains, the daughter of Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Boon Too Suen was cowy and smart from the very beginning.

“Her heart and guts take over and does the rest for her, I’d say,” Cooper said shortly after the Vegas win. “She just … she wants to be a winner. She don’t want to be behind, you know? She wants to be there. She wants to help out.”

In Vegas, A Star Is Borne was in control and on point during her run at the South Point Equestrian Center. She and Cooper finished six points in front of Reserve Champions Lourdes and Beau Galyean, of Amarillo, Texas.

A Star Is Borne’s continued success — and the way she remained fresh and happy after hauling across the country to the South Point — reminds Cooper of her mother, Holly Is Smooth.

Cooper rode Holly Is Smooth (Smooth As A Cat x Holly N Zack x Zack T Wood) near the end of her career, with a highlight being their American Quarter Horse Association Senior Cutting World Championship. His son, Lance, marked a record 233 on the mare when they won the 2016 National Youth Cutting Horse Association Senior Scholarship Cutting in Fort Worth.

A Star Is Borne’s mother, Holly Is Smooth, earned more than $226,000 during her cutting career. Lance Cooper, then 16, rode her to a 233-point win in the Senior Scholarship Cutting at the 2016 NCHA Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth, Texas. • Hart Photo.

Rose Valley Ranch still owns the Holly Is Smooth, who retired with more than $226,000 in earnings. Cooper is thrilled with her success as a broodmare for Rose Valley’s owner, Gary Rosenbach, and looks forward to continued success with the mare’s progeny.

“It means a lot to me for Rose Valley to be able to buy Holly Is Smooth, that I thought was a good mare, ride her and then turn around and raise these babies for Gary and be able to have a complete program,” he said.

So far, Holly Is Smooth has foaled five earners of more than $244,000. Three of her foals, including leading earner Yall Count Me In ($102,830), are sons or daughters of Equi-Stat Elite $5 Sire Im Countin Checks. 

Click here for the full order of finish of the PCCHA Futurity Open.

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