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Cutters back in Cowtown

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

Expect back numbers for horses, face masks for humans afoot, and unexcelled competition, as the 2020 NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular begins its 24-day run on Friday, July 10, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth.

The action begins on Friday with eight sets of 5- & 6-year-old Classic Challenge Open competitors. The go-round will conclude with two sets on Saturday, followed by five sets of Derby Open first go-round competition. The Derby Open go-round will conclude on Sunday, July 12, with eight sets.

Friday promises plenty of star power, beginning with 2018 NCHA Futurity Open champion Crey Zee LTE $323,493, who has drawn to work in the first set. Shown by Tatum Rice for her breeders, Kevin and Sydney Knight, Weatherford, Tex., the Dual Rey daughter was also 2019 NCHA Open Horse of the Year under Tatum Rice.

Dual Reyish LTE $388,409, the 2017 NCHA Futurity Open champion bred by Greg Smith and sired by Hottish, will be on board in Friday’s fourth set under Austin Shepard, for owner Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex. Also up in the fourth set is Rollz Royce LTE $298,578, winner of last year’s NCHA Open Classic Challenge under Beau Galyean.  The 6-year-old son of Dual Smart Rey, bred by Royce Stallcup, is owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss.

The Animal LTE $229,870, winner of the 2018 NCHA Open Derby and reserve champion of the NCHA Futurity under Lee Francois, has drawn to work in Friday’s fifth set. The 6-year-old son of Cat Ichi, bred by EE Ranches, Whitesboro, Tex., will be shown by James Payne for Cindy Perez, Winnie, Tex. Also showing in the fifth set will be 2018 NCHA Open Derby reserve champion Catillac Reys LTE $195,129, shown by Adan Banuelos. The 6-year-old Metallic Cat son, bred by Michelle Cannon, is owned by the Ten/27 Ranch, Denham Springs, La.

Adan Banuelos also shows Badboonarising LTE $287,490 in Friday’s sixth set. Bred by Royce Stallcup and owned by Plantation Farms, Denham Springs, La., the 5-year-old Once In A Blue Boon son was reserve champion of the 2018 NCHA Futurity under Banuelos.

Hiss N Vinegar LTE $187,224, champion of last year’s NCHA Open Super Stakes with Phil Hanson, will work in Friday’s seventh set. The Dual Smart Rey daughter is owned by her breeders, Jeffrey and Jennifer Foland, Weatherford, Tex.

Last, but by no means least, and cutting back-to-back in the eighth set on Friday, and are last year’s NCHA Derby co-champions Caution Piping Hot and Summer Time Fun. Caution Piping Hot LTE $91,141, a Hottish-sired gelding bred by Lisa Bankston, was shown by R.L. Chartier for Anderson Cattle Co., Victoria, Tex. Summer Time Fun LTE $96,438, by Metallic Cat, is owned and was bred by Ty Moore, Madill, Okla., and shown by James Payne.

Crey Zee three-peat

Monday, February 11th, 2019
Crey Zee, ridden by Tatum Rice. Hart Photography.

NCHA Futurity champion Crey Zee scored 224 points in the Bonanza Open Derby, on Monday, to earn her third consecutive major title. Trained and shown by Tatum Rice for her breeders, Kevin and Sydney Knight, the Dual Rey daughter, came into the Bonanza after claiming the Ike Hamilton Derby championship, two weeks ago. Including the Bonanza win, worth $22,318, Crey Zee leads all 2019 four-year-old money earners, with $227,355.

Crey Zee, first to work in the 22-horse finals, was followed by Sugrspiznevrthingniz, who scored 221 points under Matt Gaines and claimed the reserve championship. Sugrspiznevrthingniz, sired by Kit Kat Sugar and owned by Jim Vangilder, was an NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist. Her $17,854 share of the Bonanza Derby purse boosted her career earnings to $27,832.

Reycan In The Cash, by Dual Rey, shown by Lloyd Cox for Pat Taylor, and CR Tuff Taboo, by Woody Be Tuff, with Boyd Rice for Center Ranch, tied with 219 points for third place and each earned $13,949. Reycan In The Cash, the NCHA Futurity Open Limited reserve champion with Greg Wright, came into the Bonanza with $53,267, which included earnings as third-place finalist under Cox in the Ike Hamilton Futurity and the Abilene Spectacular. CR Tuff Taboo had earned $125,326 under Rice as third-place finalist in the NCHA Futurity and fourth in the Ike Hamilton.

The Bonanza Cutting continues through Saturday, February 16, 2019:

NCHA Futurity champion and reserve meet again

Monday, February 11th, 2019

For 22 horses competing on Sunday, in the second go-round of the Bonanza Open Derby, a cumulative score of 435 or better was the ticket to Monday’s Open Derby Finals Monday, which follow the Non-Pro Classic first go-round. Badboonarising, who tied Crey Zee with 222 points, the high score of the second go-round, also tied Sugrspiznevrthingniz with 441 points, the top cumulative score. Crey Zee, shown by Tatum Rice, and Badboonarising, under Adan Banuelos, were the 2018 NCHA Futurity champion and reserve champion, respectively.

Fracker Brown, with Chris Johnsrud, who shared the first-round lead with Sugrspiznevrthingniz at 222 points, earned a cumulative of 438.5 to tie Sweet Lil Prime Time, under Phil Hanson. Their 438.5 points was the third-highest cumulative score; Crey Zee claimed the second-highest cumulative with 439 points.

Badboonarising $161,528, by Once In A Blu Boon, is owned by Plantation Farms LLC. and was sold by his breeder, Royce Stallcup, for $150,000 at Western Bloodstock’s 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales. Stallcup is also the breeder of Rollz Royce $189,826, by Dual Smart Rey, winner of Saturday’s Bonanza Classic and a half-brother to Badboonarising, out of Show Biz Kitty, by High Brow Cat.  

Sugrspiznevrthingniz $10,898, sired by Kit Kat Sugar and shown by Matt Gaines for Jim Vangilder, was a semi-finalist with Gaines in the NCHA Futurity. Bred by Robert Rust, she is the first money earner out of the Lizzys Gotta Player daughter Jewels Gotta Lizzy $10,776. Her second dam, Lenas Jewelette, produced three NCHA earners of $305,774.

Crey Zee $205,037, sired by Dual Rey, and bred and owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight, came to the Bonanza from the championship win in the Ike Hamilton Futurity, on January 29, 2019.

Fracker Brown $41,886, owned by Schmitz/Brown, is a Smooth As A Cat-sired half-brother to Whiskeynadirtyglass. The sorrel stallion was an NCHA Futurity and Abilene Spectacular Open finalist with Johnsrud.

Sweet Lil Prime Time $43,288, a half-brother to Dual Prime Time $85,468, is sired by Sweet Little Pepto and owned by his breeder, Jerry Durant. Phil Hanson also showed Sweet Lil Prime Time to win the 2018 Pacific Coast Futurity and the Waco Futurity.

The Bonanza Cutting continues through Saturday, February 16, 2019:

Rollz Royce on a roll

Saturday, February 9th, 2019
Beau Galyean

There was no stopping Rollz Royce on Saturday, when he out-paced the Bonanza Open Classic field with a 227-point win, as the last of 15 finalists to work. The 5-year Dual Smart Rey son’s rider Beau Galyean was also in high gear, claiming three out the top four Classic places, worth a total of $32,168. Rollz Royce’s winner’s share earned $14,622 for owner Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss.

Six-year-old Cinca Im Hot, a Spots Hot daughter shown by Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch LLC, Forth Worth, Tex., scored 223 points to earn the Classic reserve championship and $10,444. Lennox also showed the 5-year-old Metallic Cat daughter Summer Shandy $41,462, owned by Rocking P Ranch, to score 218 points and tie for fifth place with 2018 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Cool N Hot, sired by Hottish, and owned and shown by Kobie Wood.

The Bonanza Classic is the fifth major finals win for Rollz Royce $175,204. In addition, he is a three-time reserve champion, which gives him a record of eight wins and reserves out of 11 working finals. Although 227 points is a record for him, he won each of his four other championships with 225 points.

Cinca Im Hot $165,528 includes the 2017 Breeders Invitational Open championship among her 11 major limited event finals, all performed under Jesse Lennox. Her dam, Cinca De Maya, by Dual Rey, is a full sister to Lil Rattler $338,873 and Button Down Supercat $285,048, out of 2005 NCHA Futurity Open champion Highbrow Supercat $364,690.

Third-placed (220.5 points) Lou Lou Louise $123,735, shown by Beau Galyean for Barwick/Galyean, placed ninth in the 2016 NCHA Futurity Open with Matt Miller and was an open finalist in four 2017 major events, including the NCHA Super Stakes and Derby.  The 6-year-old Dual Smart Rey daughter came into the Bonanza after placing fifth with Galyean in the Ike Hamilton Classic.

Fourth-placed (220 points) Rose Colored Rey $105,676, a 6-year-old Dual Rey daughter shown by Galyean for Ellen Carter, Jackson, Wyo., has been an open finalist in eight major events, including the 2016 NCHA Futurity. Earlier this year, she placed fourth with Galyean in the Abilene Spectacular Classic.

The Bonanza Cutting continues through Saturday, February 16:

Hedlund doubles down in the Ike

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Cody Hedlund

Cody Hedlund, Lipan, Tex., owned the Ike Hamilton Non-Pro Derby and Classic championships with 221 and 225-point wins, respectively, on Wood Ya Teles and Teles One Time. With money also earned as winner of the non-working Classic Non-Pro Gelding and Derby Non-Pro Novice divisions, Hedlund realized a total payout of $23,818.

Including the Ike Derby and Classic championships, Hedlund, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $901,565, has a record of 15 limited age event working wins. In addition to Wood Ya Teles $20,914, by Woody Be Tuff, and Teles One Time $60,843, by One Time Royalty, Hedlund’s limited age champs include Meteles Cat $433.565, by Metallic Cat, and Teles Bout this Cat $230,047, by WR This Cats Smart, who are all descendants of a 1998 daughter of Lenas Telesis, Teles Lies, who Cody’s father, Rock Hedlund trained and showed to earn $93,206.

“I was the last one to show his (Meteles Cat) mother before we retired her,” said Cody Hedlund. “I marked a 73 with a hot quit in the youth class at Paso and ended up with a second or third.”

Wood Ya Teles is out of Teles Bout This Cat, winner of the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro and half-sister to the Dual Smart Rey daughter Iggy Reyzalea $70,080. Iggy Reyzalea and Teles Bout this Cat placed with Hedlund, respectively, in the 2017 and 2010 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finals.

Nadine Payne scored 219 points on Im Not Blu, by Once In A Blu Boon, to earn $9,269 and the Derby Non-Pro reserve championship, while Cade Shepard placed third and earned $7,120 with 218.5 points, aboard Lite Headed, by Light N Lena.

Madalyn Colgrove and Sweet Baby Marie, by High Brow CD, scored 222 points in the Classic Non-Pro for $6,906 and the reserve championship. Dustin Adams and Sly Pepto Girl, by One Time Pepto, marked 219 points for third place and $5,320.

For complete results from the Ike Hamilton Derby and Classic go to:

Legendary jockey Jerry Nicodemus remembered

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Jerry “Nic” Nicodemus, one of Quarter Horse racing’s all-time leading riders, died on January 30 at his residence in Ruidoso, NM. He was 73 years old.

Nicodemus won three All American Futurities, with Three Oh’s in 1968, Rocket Wrangler in 1970, and Ronas Ryon in 1986. He also won four Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos in California, twice with Dash for Cash, (1976 and 1977), with Lady Juno in 1980, and Denim N Diamonds in 1981.

“He was a great friend to so many people within the racing industry and we are all shocked and saddened by his passing,” Ruidoso Downs president and general manager Jeff True said. “His accomplishments on the race track are legendary, and the humble way he approached his success will always be remembered. “

Nicodemus rode Dash For Cash in all but two of the stallion’s 25 starts. A life-size bronze memorializing the legendary duo and created by world renowned sculptor Jim Reno stands in front of the American Quarter Horse Association headquarters in Amarillo, Tex.

In 1978, Nicodemus was thrown and spent three days in a coma with a broken neck and back, as well as multiple broken ribs.  But he came back, tough as ever and rode for 15 more years, retiring near the top of his game, in 1993.

In 6,317 career starts, Nicodemus won 1,252 races and amassed lifetime earnings of $18,888,775. He was inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame in 2009.

Services and memorials are pending at this time.

Crey Zee good

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Crey Zee, ridden by Tatum Rice. Hart Photography.

Sunday, December 9, Fort Worth, Tex.
2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance

Even with a score of 222 points, as first to work in the 21-horse NCHA Open Futurity Finals, Crey Zee and Tatum Rice were plenty vulnerable. Last year’s winning score was 228 points, marked by Austin Shepard and Dual Reyish. And the last time a score of 222 won the event was in 2008, when Metallic Cat and Beau Galyean claimed the championship. Both Shepard and Galyean, as well as three other past NCHA Futurity champions were in Sunday’s Finals, as well.

But Crey Zee and Rice proved unbeatable on Sunday. Badboonarising and Adan Banuelos came closest with 221 points, while CR Tuff Taboo, ridden by Tatum’s father, Boyd Rice, scored 218.5 to tie SF Hottish Lumi Cat and Foster Johnson with the third highest score.

Crey Zee, a Dual Rey daughter bred and owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight, Weatherford, Tex., is the first foal out of Eazee E ($211,145), who Tatum Rice showed as 2017 NCHA Open Reserve World Champion. Kylie Rice, Tatum’s wife, and Kevin and Sydney’s daughter, also showed Eazee E as reserve champion of the 2015 West Texas Classic Non-Pro.

Eazee E is out of Zee Dually ($201,899), a leading producer of earners of $1.8 million, including Smooth As A Zee ($616,978). On Friday night, Blakley Colgrove placed third in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals riding Smooth Magick, a full sister to Smooth As A Zee, and three-quarter sister to Eazee E.

Tatum Rice, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,984,161, has shown in five previous NCHA Futurity Open Finals, including in 2016, when he rode Hashtags ($476,725), who would go on to win many limited age event championships with Rice. This year, Hashtags and Rice also won the NCHA Open World Championship.

BADBOONARISING, ridden by Adan Banuelos. Hart Photography.

Badboonarising is owned by Plantation Farms., Denham Springs, La. Bred by Royce Stallcup, the black stallion is from the second crop of his sire, Once In A Blu Boon, who was also represented in the Futurity Finals by Pepsi Boon, shown by Ryan Moore for Jerry and Luann Jeffries.

Badboonarising is out of Show Biz Kitty, an unshown daughter of High Brow Cat and dam of SS Black Lil Kitty ($185,839), by Blue Bayou Boon, and Rollz Royce ($173,604), by Dual Smart Rey. Show Biz Kitty is out of Show Biz Sandy, 1993 NCHA Open World Champion and dam of 5 NCHA money earners with average earnings of $72,961.

Adan Banuelos, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,148,244, was an NCHA Futurity Finalist riding two horses in 2013, Cat Stevens ($92,674) and Metallic Warrior ($128,406)

CR Tuff Taboo, by Woody Be Tuff, is owned by Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex., and is one of three finalists sired by Woody Be Tuff and bred by Center Ranch, including CR Tuff Tizzy, shown by Travis Rempel for Rocking P Ranch, and CR Tuff Twinkie, winner of the Open Semi-Finals and shown by Jason Clark for Center Ranch.

CR Tuff Taboo’s dam, Cats Boonolena, by High Brow Cat, is out Peptolena Lucinda, maternal dam of 2013 NCHA Futurity Champion Dual Smart Kitty ($316,251).

Boyd Rice, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $4,3454,123, is a past NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby champion, the 2005 NCHA Open World Champion on Bobs Hickory Rio, and an NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity champion.

SF Hottish Lumi Cat, owned by Linda Fielhaber, Jacksonville, Tex., was an NCHA Futurity Open Limited finalist with Foster Johnston on November 28. The Hottish-sired colt is out of Ima Phat Cat, an unshown High Brow Cat daughter, whose first money earner is SF Hottish Lumi Cat. Ima Phat Cat is out of the Parkman Bar daughter Luminosa Dunny ($57,437), producer of three NCHA earners of $15,664.

Foster Johnston, the NCHA earner  of $369,323, was a 2011 NCHA Futurity Open Limited finalist, but this was his first time to qualify for the NCHA Futurity Open Finals.