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Casey Deary and Down Right Amazing won the $150,000 Open Shootout at the 2022 The Run For A Million. • Photo by Molly Montag.

Down Right Amazing Lives Up to Name in $150,000 Open Shootout

Down Right Amazing is a horse that lives up to his name.

It’s so on the money that the son of Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) goes by “Amazing” around the barn.

The 2017 stalion owned by DAG Ventures LLC got a big win for his connections in the $150,000 Open Shootout, winning the event with trainer Casey Deary with a 228 on Friday, Aug. 19, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The win was worth $39,787 and qualified Deary for the Million Dollar Competition at next year’s The Run For A Million.

“He’s been a special horse the whole time,” said his winning co-pilot, Casey Deary. “I was third on him at the NRHA Futurity in the neck brace, and he’s just kind of taken care of me.”

Indeed, Down Right Amazing has posted strong finishes in the past at the sport of reining’s highest level.

In addition to the third-place finish at the NRHA Futurity, the sorrel stallion bred by Curtis Performance Horses LLC was Co-Reserve Champion of the 2021 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby Level 4 Open and also this year’s National Reining Breeders Classic Level 4 Open – tying in the latter with Americasnexttopgun while finishing just behind Jerseys Baby Driver.

Americasnexttopgun and Jerseys Baby Driver are both possible mounts for the Million Dollar Competition at The Run For A Million.

Down Right Amazing’s win in the Open Shootout had future implications for his trainer, because winning it meant Deary already knows he’s one of 16 riders who will get to compete in the 2023 Million Dollar Competition at next year’s The Run For A Million.

The other top-placing riders in the Shootout who qualified for next year’s Million Dollar Competition were Francesco Martinotti (Co-Reserve, Spooks Gotta Tinsel), Andrea Fappani (Co-Reserve, All Bettss Are Off), Shawn Flarida (fourth, Trash Your Gal), Craig Schmersal (fifth, Smart Tinseltown) and Jordan Larson (sixth, I Shine At Nite).  

The rest of the field for the 2023 The Run For A Million will be determined in an Open qualifier at the Cactus Reining Classic. Ten riders from the Cactus Classic will qualify and round out the field to 16 riders.

Although making the field for next year’s Million Dollar Competition now meant Deary – who can ride any horse he wants and doesn’t have to ride the horse he qualified on – doesn’t have to worry about having to qualify, Deary said Friday’s effort was more about doing well for the horse’s owner, Deborah Good, of DAG Ventures.

“For me, it’s the only pressure is that I want to do a great job for my customers,” he said.

Bred by Curtis Performance Horses, Down Right Amazing is out of NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion Shesouttayourleague (by Walla Walla Whiz). His second dam is NRHA Hall of Famer Wimpys Little Chic, who won $539,244 during her show career and went on to foal the winners of more than $1.3 million and counting. 

Good was a huge fan of Shesouttayourleague, who Deary showed, and bought Down Right Amazing from breeder Rob Curtis when the colt was only three days old.

“I’ve always believed in this horse, and I’ve loved watching him from day three,” she said.