Lloyd Cox Dominates Cotton Stakes Open Derby Finals

Author: Mark Michels

Lloyd Cox Dominates Cotton Stakes Open Derby Finals

Lloyd Cox came into the 2017 Cotton Stakes Open Derby Finals with his name next to three of the twelve contenders giving him 25% odds for the win! He not only took home the Championship but also claimed the Reserve Championship & split 4th/5th place and the Gelding division.


Lloyd Cox claimed the Open Derby Championship with a 222 on the pretty four-year-old roan stallion Sweat Son (Metallic Cat x Travelin Miss Mosa) owned by Nick Vande Steeg claiming the $10,000 winner’s check, Klapper Spurs and NCHA Champion Trophy. The owner, Vande Steeg, told us he purchased “El Jefe” (Spanish for “The Boss”) as a two-year-old from California trainer & legend, Tom Shelly, who did most of the training and showed him up through the early stages of his four-year-old year.

Due to most of the Major Aged Events being so far from California, the decision was made to bring him a little closer to the action and the reins were handed over to Cox earlier this year. This was Lloyd’s first win on “El Jefe” and they were also a finalist at the West Texas Futurity a few weeks ago.

Lloyd Cox scored a 222 on Sweat Son for the Open Derby Championship

Lloyd claimed the Reserve Championship aboard Second Spot (Spots Hot x Reycy Moon) with a 221.5 and collecting $8,800 for the owners at Barker Ranch Cutting Horses LLC. “Lilly” was the 2016 NCHA Open Futurity Champion last year with her original trainer Matt Gaines and was also recently moved to Lloyd Cox Cutting Horses. This was just their second show together and it looks like Lloyd’s already got her figured out.

Reserve Champion Second Spot also ridden by Cox

Third place was Michael Cooper riding the beautiful sorrel mare Cattys Hope owned by Rose Valley Ranch. This team had to negotiate a late draw working out of the next to last hole in the finals but “Coop” still managed to find some cows to make a run at the leaders. “Hope” is by Catty Hawk and out of Tornadoes Rey Of Hope and earned a check for $7,500 for their 3rd place finish.

3rd place Michael Cooper & Cattys Hope

The Limited Open Derby Champion was Eric Magby riding One Sneaky Bluegrass (Bluegrass Cat x Squeeky Boon) owned by Browns Bar XL Ranch winning $1,440.60. They had also qualified for the Open Derby Finals and collected an additional $1,500 giving them a total of $2,940.60.

Limited Open Derby Champion Eric Magby & One Sneaky Bluegrass

Champion in the Gelding division was split between “Nothing Elz Matters” (Metallic Cat x Little Peppy Jazz) owned by David Puryear ridden by Lloyd Cox and “Reyzurbetonthiscat” (Bet Hesa Cat x Ariel Rey) owned by Barnwell Ramsey and ridden by Craig Thompson. Both teams scored a 219 and collected $1200.50 in this division. They also split 4th & 5th place overall in the Open Derby finals which paid out an additional $5,600.


Lloyd Cox and Craig Thompson split 4th/5th along with the gelding championship aboard Nothing Elz Matters & Reyzurbetonthiscat

The action continues with the Non-Pro divisions and the Open 3YO Futurity Finals first thing Thursday morning. Be sure to tune into to www.chclivescoring.com for all the action, scores and standings as they happen.

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