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Decisive win for Platt and Player

Sunday, April 17th, 2016
Kenny Platt and Moms Stylish Player won the Open Super Stakes.

Kenny Platt and Moms Stylish Player won the Open Super Stakes.

Kenny Platt and Moms Stylish Player parlayed impressive go-round scores to a decisive win in the Open finals of the 2016 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes in Fort Worth Saturday night. They marked 228 to take the lead from Grant Setnicka and Ichis My Choice, who scored 222.5 in the run preceding Moms Stylish Player.

Moms Stylish Player, by Lizzys Gotta Player, marked a 226 in the first round. Adding his 219 in the second round gave him a 445 cumulative score, which many have called a Super Stakes record. He came back to top the semi-finals with a 223.

“When I marked those big scores in the go-rounds, it wasn’t because I necessarily over-showed him, or cut too much cow for him,” said Platt. “I just showed him to get through a run, and I cut clean.

“Before I went down there tonight, Grant (Setnicka) gave me a pep talk to show him like I did through the go-rounds, and I just tried to show him through a good run.”

The way that played out was cutting one of their choices right off the top, and then getting a quick second cow before going in for a deep cut.

“I hate cutting a cow that’s in a bad spot, so if I see something that’s in a good spot, I usually try to cut it first, and make a deep cut a little bit later,” Platt said. “Sometimes it gets me in a bind having a little too much time on my third cut, but it gets me in there working.

“Tonight, the last cow scared me to death. I’m pretty sure I almost had a heart attack.
I didn’t know if the buzzer ran out at the end because I didn’t hear it.”

Platt credited his help, Setnicka, Lloyd Cox, T.J. Good and Clay Johnson, and his wife, Rebecca–who preps the horse–and owner Robert Tregemba for his Super Stakes success.

Moms Stylish Player was bred by Drummond Land & Cattle Co out of Moms Stylish Babe, a mare that has produced earners of more than $950,000 now, including Cat Mom Do ($199,000), Card Trick ($178,000), My Lizzy Babe ($162,000), Lizzys Gotta Babe ($91,137) and Stylish Lizzie ($90,000).

Moms Stylish Babe is out of $908,000 producer Playboys Mom, who in turn is out of Lenaette, the mare that Shorty Freeman rode to win the 1975 NCHA Futurity.

Moms Stylish Player earned an unofficial $91,969 for the win, including $25,000 to the winner sponsored by Alvin and Becky Fults’ Metallic Cat. He also won the Open Gelding class within a class, to take his unofficial career earnings over $119,000.

Along with money earned as a Super Stakes Classic finalist on A Smooth Dually, Platt will go over the $1 million mark with his Super Stakes earnings.

Platt took a liking to Moms Stylish Player as a yearling at the Western Bloodstock Sales, but got talked out of buying him because of the horse’s size.

“He was tiny and he had a big pot belly,” Platt recalled. “I could have gone in the stall and lifted him up and carried him out of there.”

But he kept tabs on him as his friend, Lawson Hadlock, brought the horse along as a 2-year-old. Eventually he gave him a test ride, and it was all over.

Moms Stylish Player went well through the first two rounds of the NCHA Futurity, but didn’t get past the semi-finals.

“It was kind of a blessing because people stopped asking if he was for sale,” Platt said. “People kind of wrote him off as just another horse.

“I knew he wasn’t and I took him home and just worked at it every day. He’s been a tough horse to train. It’s not a battle, but sure enough I’ve worked every day, but he’s really paid me back in the last couple months. He’s what I thought he was when I tried him.

“Which is really cool.”

At 27, Platt is the fourth youngest rider to win the Super Stakes (behind Cara Barry, 22; Phil Rapp, 24; and Pete Branch, 26).

Reserve champion Grant Setnicka rode Ichis My Choice for J5 Horse Ranch. Bred by EE Ranches, the mare is by Cat Ichi out of My Little Abra. Setnicka placed 9th in the NCHA Futurity with her, and was reserve champion at the Cattlemen’s Derby this spring.

Costa, Payne share Non-Pro victory

Saturday, April 16th, 2016
Non-Pro co-champion Armando Costa Neto on Watch Me Whip.

Non-Pro co-champion Armando Costa Neto on Watch Me Whip.

Two cutters born outside the USA demonstrated their skill at America’s own horse sport by splitting the Non-Pro win at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes on Saturday. Brazilian Armando Costa Neto and Austrian-born Nadine Payne both marked 222. The two cutters are also the winners of the past two NCHA Futurities.

For Armando Costa Neto, the win on Watch Me Whip keeps alive his prospect of becoming the first cutter to sweep the Non-Pro Triple Crown.

Watch Me Whip was bred by his family’s Fazenda Barrinha Corporation, by Playgun out of Look The Look, by High Brow Cat. Costa was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist on Look The Look, and John Mitchell was an Open Futurity finalist on the mare. Look The Look is a granddaughter of $1.6 million producer The Smart Look.

Co-champion Nadine Payne on Velvets Revolver.

Co-champion Nadine Payne on Velvets Revolver.

Costa, an NCHA Hall of Fame Non-Pro, took reserve championships at Arbuckle Mountain and the Cattlemen’s Derby, and was a Bonanza finalist with Watch Me Whip prior to the Super Stakes. Watch Me Whip’s earnings will top $86,000 with her share of the Super Stakes purse.

Payne rode Velvets Revolver, a gelding bred by Michael Hancock by WR This Cats Smart out of Velvets Best Shot, by Playgun. She was a Limited Non-Pro finalist and Non-Pro semi-finalist on the gelding at the NCHA Futurity. From there she won the Ike Hamilton Futurity, as well as picking up checks at the Abilene Spectacular, and Arbuckle Mountain.

Velvets Revolver will go over $66,000 in career earnings with his Super Stakes check.

Payne, whose husband is Hall of Fame Rider James Payne, won the 2014 NCHA Futurity on Great Expectations, a daughter of Third Cutting.

Super Stakes Open finalists

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Draw: 1 THE REYL MCCOY, LTE: $76,072

R1 R2 Comb SF
218.0 217.5 435.5 219.0
THE REYL MCCOY‘s Major Limited Age Events
Year Place Show Class Age Rider Earned
2015 6 NCHA Futurity Open 3 Tate Bennett $43,203
2016 1 Arbuckle Mountain Open 4 Tate Bennett $30,160

s. (Dual Rey x Cool The Engines, by Smart Little Lena)
Breeder: Broom Tree Ranch

First dam COOL THE ENGINES‘s Major Limited Age Events
Year Place Show Class Age Rider Earned
COOL THE ENGINES has produced: 3 NCHA money earners that have earned: $270,970 for an average of $90,323, including:
  • TOY ENGINE, $194,612 m 2006 by Playgun
  • THE REYL MCCOY, $76,072 s 2012 by Dual Rey
  • COOL LIL SISTER, $286 m 2012 by Dual Rey

Owner: Anderson Cattle Co, Victoria, TX
Rider: Tate Bennett, LTE: $731,430

  • 3 times in the Super Stakes finals
  • First made the Super Stakes finals with Reyn Maker in 2011
  • Finalist 13 times in NCHA Triple Crown shows
  • Won 4 John Deere Division championships in 2011-2012
  • The Reyl McCoy’s second dam, Cats Full Measure was one of the horses that jump-started High Brow Cat as a sire
TATE BENNETT‘s Top Earnings
Year Place Show Class Age Earned
2013 10 NCHA Futurity Open 3 $46,206
2015 6 NCHA Futurity Open 3 $43,203
2013 15 NCHA Futurity Open 3 $41,386
2016 1 Arbuckle Mountain Open 4 $30,160

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Rice rises to the occasion

Friday, April 15th, 2016
Katie Rice and Miss Laureyna won the Ltd Non-Pro finals Friday.

Katie Rice and Miss Laureyna won the Ltd Non-Pro finals Friday.

Katie Rice of Centerville, Texas, and Miss Laureyna went to the herd next-to-last in the 14-horse Limited Non-Pro finals at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes on Friday and marked 220.5 for a two and a half point win.

Rice and Miss Laureyna, have also qualified for Saturday’s Non-Pro finals.

Miss Laureyna was bred by Center Ranch by Smart Royal Rey out of CR Hot Meow, a mare by Spots Hot out of Dees Cats Meow.

Dees Cats Meow, in turn, earned $134,000 and has produced earners of $187,000 including CR First Tuff, third-placed with Katie’s father-in-law, Boyd Rice, in the 2013 Open Super Stakes.

Rice and Miss Laureyna won the Limited Non-Pro at the Cattlemen’s Derby this spring, and were reserve champions in that class at Arbuckle Mountain. They also made the Non-Pro finals at Cattlemen’s.

This was Rice’s biggest win to date, earning her an estimated $8,654. Her biggest career paycheck was for more than $9,900 as reserve champion at the Tunica Classic on Lenas Star War.

Don Bell took the reserve championship with a 218 in the Lucas Oil Ltd Non-Pro Super Stakes, riding Catish.

Bred by Dottie St. Clair Hill, Catish is a gelding by High Brow Cat out of Peppys Stylish Lena, an earner of $176,000 that was a successful Non-Pro horse for Cole Rothwell.

Catish was an Open NCHA Futurity semi-finalist with Tom Dvorak, and picked up several Open checks with Beau Galyean at the Ike Hamilton Futurity. Bell rode the gelding to third in the Limited Non-Pro at Arbuckle Mountain.

Don Bell previously won the Limited Non-Pro at the 2012 NCHA Derby riding Thundercat.

 

Super Stakes Non-Pro finalists

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Draw: 1 Elizabeth Quirk, LTE: $521,548

Riding: MOSSES MAN, LTE: $16,316 </>

R1 R2 Comb SF
219.0 216.0 435.0 217.5
MOSSES MAN‘s Major Limited Age Events
Year Place Show Class Age Rider Earned
2015 SF NCHA Futurity Open 3 Kory Pounds $13,816
2016 12 Bonanza Non-Pro 4 Elizabeth Quirk $2,500

g. (Metallic Cat x Nurse Moss, by Dual Pep)
Breeder: Linda Holmes

First dam NURSE MOSS‘s Major Limited Age Events
Year Place Show Class Age Rider Earned
2007 2 South Point Winter Championship Novice 4 Lloyd Cox $5,500
2006 SF NCHA Futurity Non-Pro 3 Linda Holmes $5,000
2007 17 South Point Winter Championship Open 4 Lloyd Cox $3,750
2007 2 Rocky Mountain Lae Non-Pro 4 Linda Holmes $3,644
NURSE MOSS has produced: 3 NCHA money earners that have earned: $21,456 for an average of $7,152, including:
  • MOSSES MAN, $16,316 g 2012 by Metallic Cat
  • NURSE GRACE, $3,785 m 2009 by High Brow CD
  • SNOW ME THE REY, $1,355 m 2011 by Metallic Cat

Owner: Ten 27 Ranch, Denham Springs, LA
Rider: Elizabeth Quirk, LTE: $521,548

  • 4 times in the Super Stakes finals
  • First made Super Stakes finalis in 2004 on Cindys Last Flower
  • Top Super Stakes finish was 6th in 2005 on KD Shorty
  • Finalist 8 times in NCHA Triple Crown shows
  • Biggest win was 2011 Cotton Stakes on A Cat Be Nimble
  • Youth World Champion in 2007
ELIZABETH QUIRK‘s Top Earnings
Year Place Show Class Age Earned
2013 16 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro 3 $26,475
2014 15 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro 4 $12,186
2013 2 NCHA World Series Congress Non-Pro ALL $9,608
2013 2 NCHA World Series Augusta Non-Pro ALL $9,131

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Flynn, Quirk in front after second round

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Ashley Flynn and LHR Smooth James Rey shared the lead after round 2 of the Non-Pro. Hart Photography.

Ashley Flynn and LHR Smooth James Rey shared the lead after round 2 of the Non-Pro. Hart Photography.

Ashley Flynn of Weatherford, Texas, and Elizabeth Quirk of Denham Springs, Louisiana, both posted cumulative scores of 435 to lead the second round of the Non-Pro at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes in Fort Worth Wednesday.

They top a list of 48 contestants who marked 427 or better to advance to Thursday’s semi-finals.

Flynn put together back-to-back 217.5’s for her score. She rode LHR Smooth James Rey, a gelding bred by South Lazy H Ranch by Dual Rey out of Horse of the Year LHR Smooth Jamie May. She was reserve champion of the Non-Pro NCHA Futurity on LHR Smooth James Rey.

Flynn was a Super Stakes finalist in 2014 with Cow Scents.

Quirk’s go-round scores were 219 and 216. She rode Mosses Man, a Metallic Cat gelding bred by Linda Holmes out of Nurse Moss, a full sister to Dual Rey. Mosses Man was an NCHA Futurity Open finalist with Kory Pounds, and a Non-Pro finalist at the Bonanza with Quirk.

Quirk is a two-time Super Stakes finalist, riding A Cat Be Nimble in 2011, and Boudin Cat in 2014.

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: