Sixty horses marked cumulative scores of 431.5 or better to advance to Friday’s semi-finals for the 2016 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes. They were led by Moms Stylish Player, whose 445 is being hailed by old-timers as a Super Stakes record.
The contenders range from those looking for their first payday to six-figure earner Amandas CD, an NCHA Futurity finalist with two major championships under her belt already.
Previous Super Stakes champions heading to the semi-finals include
- Clint Allen (Wood I Never, 2007 – co-champion with Copaspepto)
- Gary Bellenfant (MNY Peppy Star Rio, 1989 and Bayou Shorty (DNA), 1996)
- Lloyd Cox (Smooth Talkin Style, 2015 – co-champion with Dont Stopp Believin)
- Lee Francois (Reys Desire, 2010)
- Matt Gaines (Sunettes Dually, 2001 and One Time Pepto, 2005)
- Wesley Galyean (Hes A Hot Cat, 2013)
- Clay Johnson (KR Isadora Dual, 2012)
- John Mitchell (Junie Wood, 2014)
- Boyd Rice (Third Cutting, 2009)
- Austin Shepard (High Brow CD, 2008 –Â co-champion with Playin N Fancy Smart)
Smooth As A Cat is the sire of 12 semi-finalists. Dual Rey has 11 in the semis and Metallic Cat has 8.
Here’s a detailed look at the horses with a shot at the big money, broken down by working order: