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2016 Super Stakes semi-finalists

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
Last year, Smooth Talkin Style and Dont Stopp Believin were co-champions of the NCHA Super Stakes.

Last year, Smooth Talkin Style and Dont Stopp Believin were co-champions of the NCHA Super Stakes.

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 –  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:

2016 Super Stakes open semis Set 1

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Draw: 1 WATCH ME WHIP, LTE: $53,270

R1 R2 Comb
219.0 214.5 433.5
WATCH ME WHIP‘s Major Limited Age Events
Year Place Show Class Age Rider Earned
2015 1 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro 3 Armando Costa Neto $27,852
2016 2 Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro 4 Armando Costa Neto $11,927
2016 4 Bonanza Non-Pro 4 Armando Costa Neto $6,813
2016 2 Cattlemens Derby Non-Pro 4 Armando Costa Neto $6,250

m. (Playgun x Look The Look, by High Brow Cat)
Breeder: Fazenda Barrinha Corp

First dam LOOK THE LOOK‘s Major Limited Age Events
Year Place Show Class Age Rider Earned
2011 9 NCHA Futurity Open 3 John Mitchell $48,363
2011 4 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro 3 Armando Costa Neto $31,930
2012 3 Breeders Invitational Open 4 John Mitchell $22,897
2013 13 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open 5/6 Matt Miller $10,301
LOOK THE LOOK has produced: 1 NCHA money earners that have earned: $53,270 for anaverage of $53,270, including:
  • WATCH ME WHIP, $53,270 m 2012 by Playgun

Owner: Armando Costa Filho, Brazil,
Rider: Armando Costa Neto, LTE: $870,091

  • NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame
ARMANDO COSTA NETO‘s Top Earnings
Year Place Show Class Age Earned
2008 7 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro 3 $51,878
2012 7 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro 3 $36,546
2011 4 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro 3 $31,930
2015 1 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro 3 $27,852

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2016 Super Stakes open semis Set 2

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Draw: 13 REY TO SLY, LTE: $54,434

R1 R2 Comb
214.5 220.0 434.5
REY TO SLY‘s Major Limited Age Events
Year Place Show Class Age Rider Earned
2015 5 NCHA Futurity Open 3 JAIME SNIDER $54,434

m. (That Sly Cat x A Little Reylena, by Dual Rey)
Breeder: Greg Smith

First dam A LITTLE REYLENA‘s Major Limited Age Events
Year Place Show Class Age Rider Earned
2008 6 NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro 5/6 KADE SMITH $15,522
2009 2 NCHA Super Stakes CLASSIC Non-Pro 5/6 KADE SMITH $15,275
2008 1 NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro Ltd 5/6 KADE SMITH $9,855
2008 3 South Point Winter Championship Non-Pro 5/6 KADE SMITH $8,400

Owner: Margot Hazell, Weatherford, TX
Rider: Jaime Snider, LTE: $820,958

  • 3 times in the Super Stakes finals

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2016 Super Stakes open semis Set 3

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Draw: 25 WENDELS LITTLE MISSY, LTE: $27,553

R1 R2 Comb
215.0 217.0 432.0
WENDELS LITTLE MISSY‘s Major Limited Age Events
Year Place Show Class Age Rider Earned
2015 SF NCHA Futurity Open 3 Ben Johnson $13,816
2015 2 NCHA Futurity Open Ltd 3 Ben Johnson $13,737

m. (High Brow CD x Justa Lil Freck, by Bobs Freckle)
Breeder: Missy Rosenberg

First dam JUSTA LIL FRECK‘s Major Limited Age Events
Year Place Show Class Age Rider Earned
2008 4 Tunica Futurity Open 5/6 Todd Gann $11,540
2007 8 Cotton Stakes Open 4 Grant Simon $9,860
2009 4 Music City Futurity Open 5/6 Steve Oehlhof $9,290
2009 2 Breeders Invitational Amateur 5/6 Missy Rosenberg $7,135
JUSTA LIL FRECK has produced: 2 NCHA money earners that have earned: $29,744 for anaverage of $14,872, including:
  • WENDELS LITTLE MISSY, $27,553 m 2012 by High Brow CD
  • FRECKATARIAT, $2,191 s 2012 by High Brow CD

Owner: Eric & Katherine Vanboekel, Canada,
Rider: Lee Francois, LTE: $2,637,035

  • NCHA Riders Hall of Fame
  • 6 times in the Super Stakes finals
LEE FRANCOIS‘s Top Earnings
Year Place Show Class Age Earned
2008 2 NCHA Futurity Open 3 $175,998
2010 1 NCHA Super Stakes Open 4 $112,599
2007 10 NCHA Futurity Open 3 $83,949
2009 6 NCHA Futurity Open 3 $77,921

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2016 Super Stakes open semis Set 4

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Draw: 37 SAVANNAH BLUE REY, LTE: $45,643

R1 R2 Comb
216.0 216.5 432.5
SAVANNAH BLUE REY‘s Major Limited Age Events
Year Place Show Class Age Rider Earned
2015 1 West Texas Futurity Open 3 Geoffrey Sheehan $14,000
2015 5 Brazos Bash Open 3 Geoffrey Sheehan $12,500
2016 10 Arbuckle Mountain Open 4 Geoffrey Sheehan $8,143
2016 12 Cattlemens Derby Open 4 Geoffrey Sheehan $6,311

m. (Dual Rey x Savannah Hickory, by Doc’s Hickory)
Breeder: Cottonwood Springs Ranch

First dam SAVANNAH HICKORY‘s Major Limited Age Events
Year Place Show Class Age Rider Earned
2000 11 NCHA Derby Non-Pro 4 Danny Motes $7,996
2000 5 Bonanza Non-Pro 4 Danny Motes $7,581
2000 8 Steamboat Springs Derby Non-Pro 4 Danny Motes $6,106
1999 SF NCHA Futurity Non-Pro 3 Danny Motes $5,000
SAVANNAH HICKORY has produced: 7 NCHA money earners that have earned: $189,688 for anaverage of $27,098, including:
  • MIZZ SAVANNAH TAZ, $72,052 m 2007 by Pepto Taz
  • PURPOSE DRIVEN, $53,807 m 2006 by Peptoboonsmal
  • SAVANNAH BLUE REY, $45,643 m 2012 by Dual Rey
  • PEPTOS PINATA, $14,290 s 2007 by Peptoboonsmal

Owner: Beechfork Ranch, Millington, TN
Rider: Geoffrey Sheehan, LTE: $693,649

  • 1 time in the Super Stakes finals
GEOFFREY SHEEHAN‘s Top Earnings
Year Place Show Class Age Earned
2015 7 NCHA Futurity Open 3 $41,357
2015 21 NCHA Futurity Open 3 $24,739
2009 1 NCHA Futurity Open Ltd 3 $23,766
2014 4 NCHA Derby Open 4 $21,891

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2016 Super Stakes open semis Set 5

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Draw: 49 BET SHES SMOOTH, LTE: $95,157

R1 R2 Comb
219.0 216.5 435.5
BET SHES SMOOTH‘s Major Limited Age Events
Year Place Show Class Age Rider Earned
2015 2 NCHA Futurity Open 3 Lindy Burch $88,126
2016 12 Ike Hamilton Futurity Open 4 Lindy Burch $4,167

m. (Smooth As A Cat x Bet Yer Blue Boons, by Freckles Playboy)
Breeder: Oxbow Ranch

First dam BET YER BLUE BOONS‘s Major Limited Age Events
Year Place Show Class Age Rider Earned
2000 1 NCHA World Standings Open Lindy Burch $85,252
1997 3 NCHA World Standings Open Lindy Burch $53,482
1998 7 NCHA World Standings Open Lindy Burch $36,775
1999 7 NCHA World Standings Open Lindy Burch $31,080
BET YER BLUE BOONS has produced: 19 NCHA money earners that have earned: $1,007,515 foran average of $53,027, including:
  • BET HESA CAT, $267,465 s 2006 by High Brow Cat
  • STYLISH BET, $137,552 m 2008 by Docs Stylish Oak
  • BETS CD, $117,429 s 1998 by CD Olena
  • BET ON ME 498, $101,832 s 1998 by Smart Little Lena

Owner: Oxbow Ranch, Weatherford, TX
Rider: Lindy Burch, LTE: $3,795,215

  • NCHA Riders Hall of Fame
  • 10 times in the Super Stakes finals
LINDY BURCH‘s Top Earnings
Year Place Show Class Age Earned
1980 1 NCHA Futurity Open 3 $132,180
2015 2 NCHA Futurity Open 3 $88,126
2000 1 NCHA World Standings Open $85,252
2002 5 NCHA Futurity Open 3 $58,952

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Stacie McDavid takes first-round lead

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Stacie McDavid and Dmac Wise Guy led the first round of the Non-Pro Super Stakes. Hart Photography.

Stacie McDavid and Dmac Wise Guy led the first round of the Non-Pro Super Stakes. Hart Photography.

Non-Pro Hall of Famer Stacie McDavid of Fort Worth scored 219.5 on Tuesday to lead the first round of the Non-Pro at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes. She rode Dmac Wise Guy, by Hickorys Indian Pep.

Elizabeth Quirk’s 219 from the previous day held up as the second high score of the go-round. One hundred contestants marked 211 or better to advance to Wednesday’s second round.

David and Stacie McDavid bred Dmac Wise Guy out of Wise Little Miss, a Wise Play mare that won the Open Brazos Brash Classic with Jason Clark, and the Open Chisholm Trail Fall Roundup with Shannon Hall. Wise Little Miss also produced Wise Little Pepto, a gelding that Clark rode to win the Idaho Classic.

Dmac Wise Guy was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro semi-finalist with Stacie McDavid.

Stacie, who has earned more than $750,000, is a three-time Super Stakes Non-Pro finalist: with Lenas Smart Missy in 2001, Little Chantilly in 2003 and Dmac Snoop Dog in 2006. She’s also made four trips to the Super Stakes Classic finals.

Ryan Rapp of Weatherford, Texas, and Katie Rice of Centerville, Texas, both marked 217 to lead the Limited Non-Pro go-round. Fourteen contestants scored 212 or better to advance to Friday’s finals.

Rapp rode Tuff Julie, a Woody Be Tuff x Missys Powder mare that also took him to the Limited Non-Pro finals at the NCHA Futurity.

Rice rode Miss Laureyna, a Smart Royal Rey x CR Hot Meow the she rode to win the Limited Non-Pro at the Cattlemen’s Derby, and take the reserve at Arbuckle Mountain. She was also a Non-Pro finalist at the Cattlemen’s Derby.