Landon Luce and Time To Lay It Down won their second NRCHA premier event at the Western Derby. • Photo by Primo Morales.

Landon Luce & Time To Lay It Down Win Second Major at Western Derby

Landon Luce and Time To Lay It Down are riding a hot streak.

Luce and the 2016 mare by One Time Pepto won their second major event of the year when they took the Amateur Derby title on Wednesday at the DT Horses Western Derby. Earlier this year, they won the Amateur at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes.

It was a year ago that Luce first started riding the red roan mare out of Katies Kitty (by High Brow Cat). 

“We had a hiccup at the Stallion Stakes, but she was really good in the rein work here,” Luce said. “Our fence work didn’t go quite as planned and I have some work to do going into the Finals, but she took care of me. She is feeling really good.”

With a composite of 644.5 (217.5 herd/218 rein/209 cow), Luce piloted the 2016 mare, bred by Newt White and owned by Andrea Luce, to a $2,444 payday. Luce will ride in the Non-Pro finals on Saturday, June 12.  

“Going into the fence work where I saw my name right under Debbie [Crafton] and Abbie [Phillips], I thought ‘How does this happen?’ It was surreal,” he said. “I can’t thank Andy Kurtz, Trent Pederson and Don Murphy enough for helping me. Andy showed her as a 3- and 4-year-old. We got her last year at this show and it’s been full circle for us.”

Reserve Champion Mark Broeckel rode his gelding CR Dees Be Tuff (Woody Be Tuff x CR Dees Boon Meow x Peptoboonsmal), bred by Center Ranch, to a composite of 641.5 (214.5 herd/216 rein/ 211 cow)and earned $1,921.