Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Kenny Platt won the Kit Kat Sugar National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes 5-Year-Old Open by a whopping six points aboard Dr Sueish.
They marked a huge 229 to win on Saturday, April 16. And, Platt said he has his wife, Becca, to thank for insisting owner Robert “Bob” Tregemba enter the son of Hottish in the Super Stakes. That was key, he said, because as of January the horse wasn’t eligible.
“If it wasn’t for her, he wouldn’t be [entered], so she’s probably the person to thank,” he said.
The $49,001 payout brought the gelding’s lifetime earnings to $132,037 for owner Robert Tregemba, of Castle Rock, Colorado.
Before this year, Platt and Dr Sueish had average luck at some of the biggest aged events on the calendar, Platt said, pulling some checks but never breaking through to win a big event. However, with more training as a 5-year-old, the horse out of the mare Sues So Smart (by WR This Cats Smart) pulled out a big win.
Platt said the horse has all the competent he needs, including athleticism. The most important factor, though, is how intent the horse is on doing his job. He also helps his trainer any time they get into a bind going to the herd.
“He figures out a way to get money, that’s what we say, and that’s the best part about him,” he said. “Like most of these horses have all the other [stuff] anymore, but he has in between ears [and] that really matters.”
Tregemba, who was on hand for the win, said he was happy for Platt to win a title at a prestigious NCHA Triple Crown event like the Super Stakes.
This is not Platt’s first big win for the Tregemba’s. He also rode $434,305-winning cutting horse Moms Stylish Player (Lizzys Gotta Player x Moms Stylish Babe x Docs Stylish Oak) several big titles, including the NCHA World Finals Show Championship.