Walking away from Las Vegas a handsome $47,434 richer, Alpha Jac Sparrow and Shawn Flarida certainly got the job done at the High Roller Reining Classic.
With a score of 224.5, the bay stallion and EquiStat Elite $6 Million Rider won the Stakes Level 4 Open and were Reserve Champions in the Derby Level 4 Open.
According to Flarida, Alpha Jac Sparrow has continued to mature both mentally and physically since the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby in June of this year where they won the 4-Year-Old Stakes at that event.
Alpha Jac Sparrow was bred by Alpha Quarter Horses and sired by Spooks Gotta Whiz, a stallion Flarida piloted to prestigious wins such as the 2012 National Reining Breeders Classic Derby Open Championship. Alpha Jac Sparrow is out of the noted producer Chexanicki, a mare by Bueno Chexinic who has now foaled the winners of more than $664,000.
Flarida was particularly proud of Alpha Jac Sparrow and his third-place mount Shiner On My Eye (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Fancy Lil Step x Wimpys Little Step).
“They went there, they acted like old horses, they were little soldiers,” he said. “They tried their butts off but at the same time, very mature-acting.”
Sponsored by Tamarack Ranch, the win was a big of a full-circle moment, since Tamarack Ranch trainer Gabe Hutchins used to work for Flarida.
“The reason Tamarack put that money in there, [is because] there is a definite difference in those 4-year-olds and those 5, 6, 7-year-olds. So, anytime you put those horses in their own division is a success,” Flarida said. “It’s almost like that a freshman or sophomore football player playing against a senior.”
Flarida thanked Alpha Jac Sparrow’s owner Fritz Leeman, along with his wife, family and team at the barn for their commitment.
“It is a long drive out there and it takes an army to make it all work,” Flarida said
Reserve Champions in the High Roller Reining Classic Stakes Level 4 Open were Mr Farenheit and Ruben Vandorp. The trainer and the stallion (Magnum Chic Dream x Wimpy Little Girl x Wimpys Little Step) marked a 223.5 for $22,963 in earnings for owner Morin Vandorp. Mr Farenheit finished third in the Derby Open too, earning an additional $7,282.