Hottish Metal and Adan Banuelos earned the big win at The Ike. • Photo by Brandon D'Albor

Hottish Metal Triumphs at The Ike

Hottish Metal is the real deal.

After a great show-pen debut at the 2021 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, where he tied for third in the Open, Hottish Metal started 2022 off with a bang by winning The Ike 4-Year-Old Open.

Only a half point separated first from second place with Hottish Metal and trainer Adan Banuelos marking the winning 224.5 during the finals on Tuesday, Feb. 1.  

The win paid $25,000 for owner Jim Good of Alvarado, Texas.

Hottish Metal marked a 223 in the first go, to finish second behind go-round leaders Austin Shepard and the Wood She B Magic (Woody Be Tuff x Magic Metallic x Metallic Cat) , who were fresh off their win in last month’s Augusta Futurity. 

Bred by Terri Brown, of Nicona, Texas, Hottish Metal is by EquiStat Elite $7 Million Sire Hottish and out of Snow Me The Rey (by Metallic Cat).  He entered The Ike with an EquiStat record of more than $166,000 – $126,061 from the NCHA Futurity purse and another $40,000 from the Western Bloodstock Incentive for high-placing sale horses at the 2021 NCHA Futurity. 

A familiar duo earned the Reserve Championship: Dalton Vicar rode Dont Look For Troubl. Vicar, who rode the horse to the win at last month’s Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open, took the second spot with a 224. The Reserve Championship paid $21,000 to owner Circle Y Ranch.

Bred by Waco Bend Ranch, of Graham, Texas, Dont Look For Trouble is by Meteles Cat and out of the great mare Don’t Look Twice (by High Brow Cat).