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Sweett Chaos found success in more than one division at the Augusta Futurity, topped by her win in the Open with Gabe Reynolds. • Photo by S. Sylvester Photography.

Sweett Chaos Doubles Down to Win Augusta Futurity Classic Open

Few horses had a better Augusta Futurity this year than Sweett Chaos.

After competing very well with her owner, Doug Seacrest, in the Amateur ranks, the mare by Catty Hawk finished her Futurity with a flourish by winning the 5/6-Year-Old Classic Open with trainer Gabe Reynolds.

Sweett Chaos and Reynolds earned the Open title with a 225 Friday night in Perry, Georgia.

“The big ones like [Friday] night, you don’t really plan on them, you just make sure you have your fundamentals in order and, and try to try to do everything clean and neat and pick the best cows you can,” Reynolds said. “There were good cattle and they were fast and … you can feel the run building and and when it works, it works.”

Sweett Chaos earned the 5/6-Year-Old Amateur Reserve Championship with her owner. In spite of the busy schedule, Reynolds said the mare felt energetic when he was preparing her for the Open finals.

“She had a lot of energy and she wasn’t dragging and she wasn’t tired. And, I didn’t work very long. I thought you know what, it’s the final, she feels like she wants to go a little bit a little quick tonight and I’m just gonna let her do it,” he said. “And I’m glad I did, because you know, those cows we cut were tough, and they were close and fast and they just really, really fit her.”

Sweett Chaos doesn’t mind a fight. The mare’s physical ability and her try are her biggest assets, Reynolds said.

“She’s just got so much try, you know, and she’s she never backs down from the fight; and when it got hard, she got harder and really dug in,” he said. “We had a lot of working time and those cows really, really tested her and she never missed a step.”

Bred by Cowan Ranch, Inc., of Ardmore, Oklahoma, Sweett Chaos is a son of Equistat Elite $2 Million Sire Catty Hawk and out of GAR Bella Lena (by Duals Blue Boon). She’s a full sister to all of her dam’s money-earning performers, who have compiled more than $394,000 in lifetime earnings.

Reynolds credits the mare’s ability to switch between different riders in the Open and the Amateur to the foundation she got with her former owners and trainer Nate Gribble.

“She’s just so well trained and knows her job inside out, and she just doesn’t have any bad habits. She doesn’t really know any bad habits yet,” Reynolds said. “She’s a good honest horse, she’s got a good head on her shoulders and she thinks a lot. She doesn’t doesn’t try to be bad, so it makes it a lot easier.”