Sanctus & Rodrigo Taboga won their fourth championship of 2020 at the NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular. • Photo by Kristin Pitzer.

4-Time Champs: Sanctus & Rodrigo Taboga Win in Fort Worth

Is there a hotter derby horse than Sanctus this year?

The son of High Brow Cat and Brazilian Rodrigo Taboga won their fourth championship this year when they prevailed in the 4-Year-Old Open at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular.

In Fort Worth, Taboga guided Scott Durham’s sorrel stallion to a winning 226 on Sunday, July 19, at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

“Sanctus is an amazing horse,” Taboga said after the NCHA Summer Spectacular win. “He’s very strong and powerful.”

Their win in the NCHA Triple Crown event came on the heels of their triumph in the 4-Year-Old Open at The Non-Pro Plus The Open. In March, they won the Derby Open at The Cattlemen’s, were Reserve Champions in the Derby Open at the Bonanza Cutting in February and won the Limited Open at the Abilene Spectacular in January.


By Equi-Stat Elite $83 Million Sire High Brow Cat — the all-time leading sire in the NCHA – Sanctus is out of the $148,767-earning cutting mare Sofie Rey (by Dual Rey). He was bred by Jose Isidro Sigala.

The $25,633 first-place checkpushed the stallion’s lifetime earnings to more than $83,000. He is now the leading earner for his dam, helping boost her lifetime produce record to more than $250,000.

The win in Fort Worth pushed Taboga’s lifetime record past the $630,000 earnings mark.