Big Scores Big Payoffs in Vegas
Author: Alex Taft
It can sometimes be daunting being the first out in a competitive bunch like the one in the PCCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity Classic/Challenge Open finals, because those first marks really set the stage for the rest of the group. TJ Good and Cromed Out Cat were sure to leave nothing to chance when they put together a big 228 from the first hole.
That impressive score held up through the rest of the finals, and TJ and the 6-year-old Beechfork Ranch-owned mare (High Brow Cat x Peptos Fancy Jewel) collected $14,000 for their success. It’s always a great experience to come out on top of a competitive field, but this win was especially sweet for TJ, because he has a special history with this mare.
Not only was Cromed Out Cat bred by Jackson Land & Cattle Co., the home to TJ’s training program, but TJ also showed her dam, Peptos Fancy Jewel. Cromed Out Cat was sold to Beechfork Ranch as a yearling and was trained up and shown thus far by Geoffrey “Spud” Sheehan. Although TJ was just catch riding the mare since Spud is showing at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, he still felt lucky to have any opportunity to ride one of the caliber.
TJ Good and Cromed Out Cat
“That horse makes it easy and fun,” TJ said. “I just wanted to make clean cuts, and just work them. She is super fast, and she has tons of integrity. That cow means so much to her and she puts forth that effort. It makes you wish they all could do it like that.”
Be on the look out for Cromed Out Cat and Madison Crum in the Classic/Challenge Non-Pro!
Lloyd Cox and Gary and Shannon Barker’s mare Second Spot (Spots Hot x Reycy Moon) also made the finals a successful outing when they marked a 224 for the Reserve Championship, worth $12,000.
Lloyd Cox & Second Spot
Third-place honors went to Morgan Cromer and Stylish Look Bella (Dual Smart Rey x Stylishious), owned by Marvin and Paulette Teixeira, after earning a 220.5 from the judges. They took home $10,000 for those marks.
Morgan Cromer & Stylish Look Bella
The Gelding Championship and $2,234 went to Bowmerang (High Brow Cat x Bowman Little Jewel) after they marked a 214.
A 210 earned I Am The Undertaker (Dual Rey x Spookys Cash) and Russel Werth the Novice Championship and $1,176.
Carol Ward Cutting Horses Open Intermediate Futurity
In the Carol Ward Cutting Horses Open Intermediate Futurity finals, it was even further proven that hole one was the place to be in Vegas when Russ Elrod and Quixotes Royal Cat marked a winning 219 from the first slot!
Russ Elrod & Quixotes Royal Cat
Quixotes Royal Cat (Cats Quixote Jack x Bunny Lena), who is owned by Jenifer Whisler, and Russ picked up a paycheck worth $6,000 for their nice run! This homegrown mare brought her lifetime earnings to nearly $20,000.
Scott Amos and Such A Dual (Dual Smart Rey x Arosesuchaclatter), owned by Hank and Karen True picked up the Reserve Championship and $5,000 after marking a 216.
Scott Amos & Such A Dual
Third-place honors also went to Russ Elrod, this time on Skip Hobbs-owned Metal Mike (Metallic Cat x Its Stylish Royalty), when they put together a 213.5. The pair collected $4,350 for their efforts.
Russ Elrod & Metal Mike
Open Cutting Stakes
Rollz Royce has a unique way about him that grabs the attention of spectators when he enters the cutting pen. And for good reason. The stallion (Dual Smart Rey x Show Biz Kitty), owned by Tom and Liza Guinn, consistently marks big, and Open Cutting Stakes finals in Vegas was no different.
Beau Galyean & Rollz Royce
He carried Beau Galyean to a 225 to top the class and earn $14,000. The stallion now boasts nearly $140,000 in lifetime earnings!
Matt Miller rode his own mare, Carolena Reyn (Dual Smart Rey x Carolena Moon) to an impressive 221.5 to clinch the Reserve Championship and $12,000 to add to their record.
Matt Miller & Carolena Reyn
Casey Green and Bobby and Mary Jo Hawkins’ Taliate (Metallic Cat x Reytaliate) marked a solid 218.5 for third place and the Gelding Championship, and they picked up a total of $13,154 for their efforts.
Casey Green & Taliate
After Kenny Platt and Billies Private Eye (High Brow Cat x Billies Smart Lena), owned by Hank and Karen True, marked a 215, they earned the Novice Championship, worth $1,411.