Not even a tricky first cow could keep Catolena Cashin In and Tarin Rice from grabbing their first big championship at The Ike Derby & Classic.
On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the pair marked a hefty 226.5 in the Derby Open Finals for a $27,000 payday – and the horse’s first Open title.
“The run was pretty hard and fast,” said Rice, an earner of more than $2.6 million. “The first cut was sketchy. The cow tried to double back on us.”
Tough or not, the penalty point Rice said he lost while trying to get Catolena Cash In back in position was more than made up for with the remainder of the run.
“We were extremely fortunate to get it done. He’s been a good horse the whole time,” said Rice, who late last year rode the stallion to the high score in the first round of the NCHA Futurity – the horse’s first show. “We won the first round of the [NCHA] Futurity, and tied to win the semi-finals at the Futurity. He’s been good every time I’ve shown him and I finally got him shown in the finals.”
Catolena Cashin In is from the first crop of the stallion Reyzin The Cash and out of Dual Catolena (by High Brow Cat), The Joel Colgrove Sr-bred horse now boasts $58,505 in lifetime earnings, making him his dam’s highest earner. Reyzin The Cash’s sire record now stands at more than $350,000.
“He has the best attitude. He’s down for whatever. He’s really good-minded to train, he’s easy to be around, easy to show,” Rice said.
Though The Ike was the first major win for Catolena Cashin In, the stallion previously had good showings at two major cuttings. First, he picked up a $26,555 paycheck for finishing 16th in the 2020 NCHA Futurity Open. And, last month, he and Rice made the finals in the Derby Open at the Abilene Spectacular.
Up next for the duo is the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity, where Rice hopes to continue his winning ways. The long-range plan is for Catolena Cashin In’s breeder and owner Joel Colgrove, to hopefully also show the horse. Rice thanked Colgrove for the opportunity to train and show the stallion, and also thanked his wife, Katie Rice, who gets the horse ready for him to show.
“Thanks to my wife for getting him ready all these times. He’s been perfect every time I’ve showed and we finally got it done,” Rice said.
The Ike Derby Open Reserve Championship went to All Spice and Adan Banuelos, the duo who late last year won the 2020 NCHA Futurity Open Championship.
All Spice is a daughter of Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Sire Once In a Blu Boon and out of Show Biz Kitty (by High Brow Cat). Their second-place score of 223.5 earned $23,000 for owner Holmes/Hill Partnership.