Super Cooper Strikes Again at the Brazos Bash

Author: Lauren Middleton

Super Cooper Strikes Again at the Brazos Bash

Michael Cooper was in the spotlight once again at the Brazos Bash, this time as the 2018 Open Futurity Champion aboard Tears From Heaven (Dual Pep x Cat O Conner), owned by the Rose Valley Ranch, marking a 222! “Super Coop” as many of us like to call him, has had a great deal of success in the Silverado Arena over the past few years and last night history repeated itself once more.

Michael Cooper and Tears From Heaven

Michael and “Tears” were last out in the finals and when asked if he had a strategy going into the challenging situation he said he just went in trying to build a run and stay clean. Easier said than that done, as there were not many cows left in fact they only had two on their list! Michael went on to say that one that he worked was fresh-ish… but it worked out for him and the cowy little mare!

Michael Cooper and Tears From Heaven

Tears means a great deal to Michael because she was tough throughout her entire training. She always tried hard and wanted to do it but she had challenges going through the motions the right way. She is also out of a mare that has been as asset to the Rose Valley Ranch program making Michael even more motivated to get her trained. He stuck with her knowing that all of the fillies out of her mother have made it into the show pen, of those includes Suen You Will See (Boon Too Suen x Cat O Conner) who will always go down as one of Coop’s favorite horses. The past few months have been challenging for the Cooper family as well making this win extra special adding a bright point in a list of challenging situations. Matt Miller piloted Tears at the West Texas Futurity where he ended up Reserve Champion then again at the Cotton Stakes making the finals. This show was Michael’s maiden voyage with Tears so he was not quite sure what would happen! It worked out well obviously, and he is certainly glad he stuck with her and got her in the show pen! This win added another $20,000 to her success in the Fall Futurities thus far.

Michael Cooper and Tears From Heaven

Reserve Champion was TJ Good riding Stunner Cat (Metallic Cat x Shes Stunning), owned by JLC Performance Horses, marking a 217! This duo was first out holding the lead all the way until the end claiming a $17,000 check along with their title. They were also the Gelding Division Champions of the Futurity Open as well.

TJ Good and Stunner Cat

The Limited Division Champion was Salvador Cabral riding Secreytariat (Sigala Rey x Starsredfeather) adding another win to their already long list in this duo’s short career together. They have proven to be a great team and we are excited to see what else is in store for them.

Salvador Cabral and Secreytariat

Last but not least we wanted to recognize Phil Hanson who rode two horses in last night’s finals. He not only got two horses to this prestigious finals but also this accomplishment pushed him over the $4,000,000 mark in NCHA lifetime earnings. This is a huge milestone to say the least and we want to congratulate him on this achievement.

Phil Hanson and Sweet Lil Prime Time

The Derby Open Finals and Classic Open Finals will be held this afternoon at the Brazos Bash and it is looking to be a recipe for a great cutting! Everyone be sure to tune into CHC’s Livescoring to keep up with the action, and congratulations once again to all of the Champions and Finalists in the Futurity Open!

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