Stallion owners look forward to celebrating a major limited-age event Open championship by one of their stud’s get. Thanks to Smart Lookin Sannman, the wait is officially over for one stallion at SDP Buffalo Ranch in Fort Worth, Texas.
When the 4-year-old and trainer Christian Miller won the Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open Championship on Thursday, Jan. 7, the red roan gelding became the first son of SDP’s stallion Sannman to win a major Open cutting title.
Smart Lookin Sannman is from the first crop of Sannman, a son of Metallic Cat and out of famed broodmare The Smart Look (by Smart Little Lena). The stallion earned $200,000 in the cutting pen, and prior to the Abilene Spectacular his offspring earned more than $68,428, according to Equi-Stat.
“We brought [Smart Lookin Sannman] to Abilene to get him more seasoned after having some bad luck at the [National Cutting Horse Association] Futurity where we were out after the first go,” said Miller, who trains for SDP Ranch and has worked with the gelding since his 3-year-old year.
Miller knew that if he showed smart and put Smart Lookin Sannman in a good situation, the gelding would take care of everything else. Marking 223 in the finals, the pair claimed the championship and an $18,000 check for owners Ted and Nancy Turner of Bushnell, Florida. The score also placed the duo first in the Gelding Incentive and Novice division, making for a haul of $23,297 in the class.
“He is brilliant on a cow. He doesn’t make any mistakes. He is the most solid, mature minded horses I’ve ever gotten to ride,” Miller said. “He is cowy, but doesn’t do more than he has to. He is smart on a cow and that makes him feel like a 5-or 6-year-old. He knows his job and enjoys it.”
Click here for full results from the 2021 Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open.
Miller who has Equi-Stat earnings of nearly $300,000, started his cutting career as a youth rider. He credits his grandfather Georgia trainer Ronnie Hodges for the inspiration to train professionally.
“He has always been my role model. I’ve always known I wanted to train horses like him,” Miller said. “The highlight of being a youth was showing with him to get seasoned and experienced in showing.”
Smart Lookin Sannman is the first money earner recorded in Equi-Stat for his dam, Didges Smart Kitty (by WR This Cats Smart). He was bred by Johnny and Cindy McCarthy, of Dade City, Florida.
The $23,297 Smart Lookin Sannman earned in the Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open put him just behind his sire’s leading earner, 2020 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Level 1 Limited Open Champion CWR Sanntonio ($26,778, out of Surfin Calie, by Cat Ichi).