Treacherous weather scuttled plans for Langston Pattillo and Hot Sauzz to make their 2021 show pen debut several weeks ago, but the wait was worth it in the Arbuckle Moutain Futurity.
Originally, Pattillo and Hot Sauzz were going to show at the Bonanza Cutting before weather interfered with the show, which was canceled mid-event due to dangerous weather-related road conditions.
The waiting game paid off for Hot Sauzz, who marked a score of 220 in the Non-Pro finals on Sunday, Feb. 28 to win the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Combined with wins with Pattillo in the Novice and Gelding classes, the horse added $15,253 to his lifetime Equi-Stat record.
“I saw my opportunity,” Pattillo said. “I had a dang-good draw and I said ‘We have to do it!’
“I don’t know how else to say it, it just worked out.”
The gelding, known as “Hot sauce” or “Sauce,” made his show pen debut with Pattillo in last year’s National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, where they made the semifinals and earned $4,609. With his Arbuckle winnings, Sauce’s lifetime earnings stand at nearly $20,000, and Pattillo’s earnings stand at more than $520,000.
The Pattillo family bought Sauce last June from Joel and Madalyn Colgrove. As a son of Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Sire Im Countin Checks and out of $56,611-winning cutting mare Sweet Lil Sue (by High Brow CD), Sauce was primed for the cutting pen.
“It was one of those deals where we saw the potential [in him] and things just had to be put into place. I think he’s really coming along. There’s a lot of things I like, showing him,” Pattillo said.
According to Pattillo, Sauce suffers from “Little Man Syndrome.” Standing at 13.2 hands, Pattillo says the horse is the smallest cutter he’s competed on.
“He’s got quite the personality, but is also pretty chill,” Pattillo said. “It’s crossed my mind that he should come out from underneath me. He’s got a big old stop on him.”
The Arbuckle Mountain Futurity Non-Pro Reserve Championship went to Stuart Bozeman and his homebred stallion Check Year Metal with a 219.5. A son of Equi-Stat Elite $40 Million Sire Metallic Cat, Check Yer Metal is out of Checkers Live Oak (by Im Countin Checks). The second-place effort paid $8,500.