Two major limited age cutting events concluded this week with Cattalou and Beau Gaylean claiming the biggest check, in the PCCHA Open Derby in Las Vegas, Nev. Cattalou, owned by Curtis Chester, scored 223 points for his win and $14,863; Neat Little Nellie, shown by Mackie Hursh for Rick and Debbie Reeves, marked 222.5 points for reserve and $13,262.
Meanwhile in Oklahoma City, TGI Playtime and Skip Queen scored 219 points to win $7,500 and the championship of the 4-Year-Old Open Non-Pro for Carroll’s Cutting LLC. Mo Faye Rey and Grant Setnicka placed second with 218 points to earn $5,000 for Charlie and Denise Seiz. Setnika also scored 216 points to tie for third place on Hi Ho Nabisco, owned by Charles Burger. Reys Your Bet, shown by Clay Volmer and owned by Viki Williamson, scored 216 to tie for third, as well.
Cattalou, by High Brow Cat, is a full brother to Louellas Cat ($210,436), out of the leading producer Louella Again, also dam of Movin Downtown ($334,523), by Movin On Hickory. In a nod to serendipity, Neat Little Nellie, by Neat Little Cat, is out of a daughter of Peppys Lil Wil, owned at one time by Curtis Chester.
Trainer Morgan Cromer claimed the the most money in the PCCHA Open Derby – $25,244 – with third place on Duals Dancer, owned by Bitterroot Spring Ranch; sixth on Melodys Pepto, owned by Catherine and Bill Lacy; 12th on Bueno Chex Madi, owned by Lesley Day; and 14th with RBR Lady Boon, owned by Holy Cow Performance horses.
Sean Flynn dominated the 5/6-year-old division of the Non-Pro Open Finals with a 223.5-point-$7,500 win on Reycy Moon, owned by Gary and Shannon Barker, and 222 points for reserve and $5,000 with Cat Man Blue, owned by Lazy M Cattle Co. Flynn also placed 15th on Peptos Kitty, owned by the Barkers, and 17th on Rey N Style, for Eddie Young.
Fortune Bend scored 225 points to claim the PCCHA Open Derby championship with Cookie Banuelos for Gerald and Theresa Gillock, while the reserve was a tie at 222 points for My Lizzy Babe, ridden by Tim Smith, and This Kittys Smart with Morgan Cromer.