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Americasnexttopgun & Casey Deary at the 2022 NRHA Derby Open preliminaries. • Photo by Waltenberry.

“Maverick” & Casey Deary are Top Guns in NRHA Derby Prelims

Americasnexttopgun and Casey Deary are quite the team, and they soared to the top score in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby Open preliminaries.

Deary, of Weatherford, Texas, and the flashy overo stallion nicknamed “Maverick” did so by posting a 223.5 on the first day of the Open prelims for the 6666 NRHA Derby, Presented by Markel. Their score held through the preliminaries, with the next-highest score being a 223 marked by Pale Dun Star and Fernando Salgado.

The top 30 scores plus ties made the Level 4 Open finals, and Americasnexttopgun and Pale Dun Star will be joined by a fleet of elite reining horses. Some of the most accomplished horses that made the cut for the Level 4 Open finals include NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion Super Marioo (Cade McCutcheon); NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion Guns And Dynamite (Matt Mills); NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Co-Reserve Champion Starjac Vintage (Andrea Fappani) and NRHA Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro Champion Icecube (Andrea Fappani).

Many other accomplished horses are in the field, and a full sibling to Americasnexttopgun, Americas Gunslinger (Matt Mills), also made the Derby Level 4 Open finals.

The Derby Open clean-slate finals will be held Saturday, June 26. 

Bubble Scores and High Scores

Below is a list of high-scoring horses in the preliminaries, as well as the bubble score to make the Open finals in each level.

Level 4 Open

  • Bubble Score: 218
  • Prelim High Score: Casey Deary/Americasnexttopgun (Walla Walla Whiz x Americasnextgunmodel x Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner]) –– 223.5

Level 3 Open

  • Bubble Score: 217
  • Prelim High Score: Fernando Salgado/Pale Dun Star (Pale Face Dunnit x Get Ya Some Stars[PT] x RR Star [PT]) – 223

Level 2 Open

  • Bubble Score: 214
  • Prelim High Score: Jared Leclair/Makendiamonds (Whizkey N Diamonds x Makeit In Tinseltown x Hollywoodstinseltown) – 221

Level 1 Open

  • Bubble Score: 209
  • Prelim High Score: Melanie Petroll/Dirty Diamonds (Whizkey N Diamonds x Wimpys Cat Step x Wimpys Little Step) – 218

Open Prime Time

  • Prelim High Score: Trash Your Gal and Shawn Flarida (Gunnatrashya x Ima Sailors Gal x Wimpys Little Step) – 222.5

Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Novice Horse Open Derby:

  • Dainty Little Spook/Brandon Brant (Smart Spook x Dainty Little Step x Wimpys Little Step) – 220.5

Tamarack Ranch Open Stakes:

  • Shawn Flarida/Alpha Jac Sparrow (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chexanicki x Bueno Chexinic) – 221.5