When the magic flows in the right direction and everything comes together for a blockbuster cutting horse run, the result is absolutely amazing.
The universe came together in a special way this week for Kenny Platt in Las Vegas, where he and Dr Sueish put together a fantastic 232-point run at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Futurity show.
It was the highest score Platt had ever marked in his career.
“I just really wasn’t trying to force it. I was just really trying to cut cows clean and do my job, and the rest of it is just that horse is amazing,” Platt explained of the finals on Sunday, Sept. 25. “And, I was able to cut cows that were pretty unbelievable.”
The winning Classic/Challenge run by Platt and Robert Tregemba’s blaze-faced sorrel gelding earned $15,000. They also bagged another $1,882 for the Gelding Incentive.
The earnings in Las Vegas pushed the horse’s lifetime record to more than $261,905. Platt now has earned more than $2.59 million, according to EquiStat.
Cow Picking Prowess
Even though he was No. 12 in the draw, Platt still got to cut the cows that he and his regular panel of cow pickers – Lloyd Cox, Clay Johnston, Grant Setnicka and Chris Johnsrud – had their eyes on.
“It was just one of those times, I was thinking to myself, [that] when it is supposed to work it just works,” Platt explained. “The cows that I cut, they were just in the best spot and walked up there like they wanted me to cut them.”
Behind them at the PCCHA Futurity was Catolena Cashin In, who along with trainer Tarin Rice marked a great score of 229 to earn the Reserve Championship for owner Joel Colgrove, Sr.
While Platt is no stranger to big scores – he and Moms Stylish Player marked a couple of 230s on their tear through the 2019 NCHA World Finals – the 232 with Dr Sueish was a new high-water mark for the trainer from Fort Lupton, Colorado.
It’s just one of many big moments he’s had with Dr Sueish, a son of EquiStat Elite $9 Million Sire Hottish. The horse has won several limited-age events, but the biggest career win to date came at the 2021 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes, where he and Platt won the Classic.
Dr Sueish’s Future
Bred by Bambi Gress, of Ennis, Montana, Dr Sueish is out of Sues So Smart (by WR This Cats Smart). His second dam is the great Meradas Little Sue, the esteemed Freckles Merada mare who won more than $730,552 and went on to produce the winners of more than $1.6 million.
Next up for Platt and Dr Sueish is the Brazos Bash, and you can bet that Platt has entered the gelding in the Open qualifier for the new cutting competition at next year’s The Run For A Million.
Like the PCCHA Futurity, The Run For A Million is held at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas.
And, Dr Sueish just showed he sure knows how to knock down a big score in that arena.