The West Texas Futurity, held Aug. 8-16 in Amarillo, Texas, signaled the start of futurity season for cutters all over. After months of quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many were excited to introduce their 3-year-olds to the show pen.
The 3-Year-Old Open first go showcased 52 talented horses, and by the finals, held Aug. 12, that number had whittled down to 15. When it was all said and done, Double Zee (by Reyzin The Cash), ridden by Tatum Rice, came out on top with a score of 221. The gelding collected $15,000 for Kevin Knight, an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Owner who is nearing the $2 million marker.
Knight also owns Double Zee’s dam, Eazee E (by High Brow Cat), who won $212,534 during her own cutting career. Since she retired to the broodmare life, the mare has produced earners of more than $400,000. One of those performers is Crey Zee, the 2018 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion with Rice and an earner of $348,000-plus.
“Double Zee’s probably not as smooth [as Eazee E], but boy, I sure saw some signs of quickness there yesterday,” Knight said of the 3-Year-Old Open finals. “That’s kind of an Eazee E trademark, especially with her babies. There’s not much they can’t get in front of.
“I’m sure grateful that ‘Zee’ [Eazee E] turned out to be the mom that she has,” he added. “I remember when Tatum wanted to buy her at the sale. He really liked her, and she ended up being a really good horse.”
On his father’s side, Double Zee is from the first foal crop of $278,766-earner Reyzin the Cash. According to American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) records, the son of Dual Rey and out of Spookys Cash (by Miss N Cash) sired 54 registered foals in his 2017 crop, which would be 3-year-olds this year.
Knight expressed his appreciation to the West Texas Futurity for giving the horses that don’t go to the NCHA Futurity a place to “show what they can do.” He looked forward to seeing Double Zee get stronger and more experienced through the year.
“I appreciate all the good work that Tatum and [his wife] Kylie put into the horses,” Knight said. “It’s a never-ending job, and I just have a lot of gratitude.”