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Wesley Galyean and Nineteen 42 capturing The Ike Classic title. * Photo by Brandon D'Albor Photography

Nineteen 42 Kicks off 2024 with Classic Championship at The Ike

Nineteen 42 and EquiStat Elite $6 Million Rider Wes Galyean really packed the punch at The Ike in West Monroe, Louisiana. At his first Open Classic outing, Nineteen 42 held some tough cattle to mark a 224 and take home $12,184.

That brings his show record to a cool $218,571 according to EquiStat. The horse began his career at the early futurities such as the Cotton Stakes, Brazos Bash and Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Futurity, but made his big break at West Texas in 2022.

“We’ve been extremely blessed and thankful to have him,” Galyean said. “He’s been a great horse for me all along and it’s been a lot of fun just getting to show him.”

The horse has seen the finals at the Breeders Invitational, National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes, NCHA Summer Spectacular and numerous other events, but it takes the right cattle to put him on top.

“He’s a very athletic horse, and can just really rip it left and right. My first cow [in The Ike finals] was a lot of cow, and he was real quick jukin’ and jivin’ left and right and it just really fit this horse to a tee,” Galyean said.

The son of late EquiStat Elite $15 Million Sire Hottish is out of $1 Million producer Lil Rattler (by Dual Rey) and was seemingly destined for greatness. Although Lil Rattler’s two top earners (Third Edge and Vennomous) are both by EquiStat Elite $7 Million Sire Metallic Rebel, Galyean is happy with the result that crossing Hottish on the mare produced.

“He reminds me of a dog a little bit,” Galyean said. “He really wants you to pet on him and just seeks your approval.”

Reserve Champion

Galyean had quite the showing at The Ike and was able to capture the reserve championship and a check for $9,326 on Nineteen 42’s half-sibling, Vennomous. The mare by Metallic Rebel is Lil Rattler’s second highest earner.

Both horses are owned by SMF Cutting Horses LLC. and are expected to continue down the show road for their 5 and 6 year-old years.