Archive for December, 2010

Dan Evans, 1936-2010

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Dan Evans

Longtime NCHA member Dan Evans of Canal Winchester, Ohio, passed away December 24. Dan had worked his way up through the family business, Bob Evans Farms, to be CEO of the sausage company.

He got started in cutting more than 25 years ago, with a long-standing relationship with trainer Chuck Smith. One of the highlights of his cutting career was winning the 1991 Congress Non-pro Futurity on Leo San Gin.

He started with Bob Evans Farms in 1956, working the company’s sausage production plant in Xenia. In 1959, he became manager of the Bob Evans Farms sausage production plant in Bidwell. Five years later, he moved to the corporate headquarters, as executive vice president of Bob Evans Farms. Dan was elected to chairman of the board and chief executive officer in 1971, succeeding his father, Emerson Evans, the company’s founding board chairman and chief executive officer.

Dan retired as chief executive officer in 2000, from chairman of the board in 2001, and from the board in 2006, with 50 years of service to the firm. He also served on the board of directors of several other companies, among them Sherwin-Williams, Motorists Mutual Insurance Company, National City Bank, and National City Corporation.

Dan is survived by his wife, Temmy Evans; children, Larry (Anita) Evans, Lancaster, Janie ( John) Kantner, Canal Winchester, Stacy (Joel) Lilly, Upper Arlington, Ryan Pressel-Evans, Cincinnati, Lynn (Michael) Steinberg, Chapel Hill, NC, Erica (Michael) Wendt, Chandler, AZ, Tyler Mossor, Scottsdale, AZ.

A public memorial service will be held at 2pm on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220 with the Rev. Dr. Robert I. Mathis officiating.

In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to CS Cutters (Dan Evans Fund), PO Box 23, Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Talk about royalty

Monday, December 27th, 2010

One Time Royalty

One Time Royalty, recent winner of $250,000, as the NCHA Futurity champion, and Jazzys Pep Talk, high-selling lot at $215,000 during the NCHA Futurity Sales, share an unusual kink in the taproot of their pedigrees.

Jazmau, the fifth dam of One Time Royalty and the third dam of Jazzys Pep Talk, is the fiber that connects the pedigrees of cutting champions such as Jazabell Quixote, Jazzote, Jazzy Socks, Royal Jazzy, Son Ofa Doc, July Jazz, Hickoryote, Smart Lil Jazalena, Jazzy Joe Lena, MH Bodees Starlena, Credible Cat and Atta Cat, among many others.

Royal Jazabell, second dam of Jazzys Pep Talk, is a Jazmau daughter. She is also the dam of Bill’s Jazabell, the third dam of One Time Royalty.

The kink comes from Maurzy, Jazmau’s dam. Maurzy, foaled in 1944, was sired by Band Time TB, also sire of the first NCHA world champion, Benny Binion’s Gelding, who held the title from 1946 through 1948.

Band Time was by High Time, by Ultimus. Kentucky-bred Ultimus was by Commando, by James R. Keene’s legendary sire, Domino.

High Time, foaled in 1916 and racing’s leading sire in 1929, was intensely inbred, as Ultimus was by a son of Domino out of a daughter of Domino, and High Time’s dam was also a Domino daughter.

In addition to Ultimus, High Time also sired Luke McLuke, winner of the 1914 Belmont Stakes. It was Luke McLuke’s daughter, Myrtle Dee, who produced Three Bars, the Thoroughbred who, more than any other, stamped his indelible image on the modern Quarter Horse.

In addition, Percentage, Three Bars’ sire, was out of Gossip Avenue, whose paternal grandsire was Disguise, by Domino (One Time Royalty and Jazzys Pep Talk, like all the best modern cutting performers, also carry the blood of Three Bars).

Nellene, the dam of Joe Reed II, an important Quarter Horse sire – and sire of the equally influential stallion Leo – was also an Ultimus granddaughter through her sire, Fleeting Time; and Possible, the dam of Kentucky Derby winner Bold Venture (sire of Depth Charge, the famous progenitor of Quarter Horse runners), was also out of an Ultimus daughter.

      Peppy San Badger
    Peptoboonsmal
      Royal Blue Boon
  One Time Pepto
      Smart Little Lena
    One Time Soon
      Uno Princess
One Time Royalty, 2007
      Doc O’Lena
    Shorty Lena
      Moira Girl
  Royal Serena Belle
      Doc Quixote
    Jazabell Quixote
      Bill’s Jazabell

      Mr San Peppy
    Peppy San Badger
      Sugar Badger
  Peptoboonsmal
      Boon Bar
    Royal Blue Boon
      Royal Tincie
Jazzys Pep Talk, 2001
      Doc Bar
    Dry Doc
      Poco Lena
  Jazzy Dry
      Royal King
    Royal Jazabell
      Jazmau

      Ultimus
    High Time
      Noonday
  Band Time (TB)
      Uncle
    Bandymo
      Felicity
Maurzy, 1944
      Old Joe Bailey
    Fred Bailey
      Big Dun
  Sis Bailey B
      Jim by Harmon Baker
    Roxie
      Nellie by Sonora Stud

Johnny T.L. Jones Jr. named To Ruidoso Downs Hall of Fame

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Johnny T.L. Jones Jr, an influential owner and breeder of both Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, will be inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame at a special ceremony at the New Mexico track next summer.

Jones apprenticed under legendary horseman Walter Merrick and worked for him when Merrick stood Three Bars and campaigned the great Easy Jet. It was Jones who trained Easy Jet’s full brother, Jet Smooth, who won the 1967 Kansas Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.
 
Jones later moved to Kentucky and gained international recognition with his Walmac Farm in Lexington, KY, where he imported Nureyev to stand. The Northern Dancer son and European stakes winner was syndicated for $14 million and sired 135 stakes winners and more than 20 champions during his career.
 
In 1987, Nureyev sustained a nearly fatal hind leg fracture in a paddock accident, but miraculously survived and lived for 14 more years.
 
Under Jones’ guidance Walmac Farm also stood 2-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Alleged, leading sire Miswaki and 2-time classic winner Risen Star.
 
Jones is a director of the Keeneland Association and a 2010-11 Breeders Cup member and trustee, and still competes at the highest level in Quarter Horse racing as an owner and breeder. In partnership with R.D. Hubbard, a member of both the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame and the AQHA Hall of Fame, Jones bred and campaigned champion Brenda Beautiful and Rainbow Futurity winner Planet Holland.

Hubbard and Jones’ champion Noconi recently became a millionaire by winning the G1 Zia Park Quarter Horse Championship and is a favorite for the G1 Championship at Sunland Park on December 26.
 
Jones and Hubbard also own 2008 broodmare of the year My Dashing Lady, the dam of Brenda Beautiful and Noconi.

2010 NCHA Futurity Sales up 8% over 2009

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Sweet Little Cats, high-selling yearling at $120,000

Good news for the cutting horse economy – the NCHA Futurity Sales average was up by eight percent over 2009, a statistic presaged by the success of the Buffalo Ranch and Waggoner Ranch dispersals earlier this fall.  All three events were conducted by Western Bloodstock, the leader in Quarter Horse performance horse sales.

Here are the unofficial numbers provided by Western Bloodstock: net sales of $11,332,100 on 792 head, for an average of $14,308, compared to the 2009 net average of $13,260 on 778 head.

The high-selling lot, at $215,000, was 2009 NCHA world champion mare Jazzys Pep Talk. The 9-year-old daughter of Peptoboonsmal and out of Jazzy Dry, sold bred to Dual Rey and with an embryo by High Brow Cat. She was consigned by WTA Ranch and purchased by Dean Ness, Lougheed, Alberta, CAN.

Sale topper Jazzys Pep Talk at $210,000

“We were really pleased to see a turnaround, especially in the broodmare market,” said Jim Ware, Western Bloodstock spokesman and pedigree expert. “It is a good indicator of the return of a healthy economy.”

Shes Icing Onthe Cat was the second-highest selling broodmare at $210,000. The High Brow Cat daughter, from the Estate of Kenneth Jackson, was purchased by Jeff Oswood, Weatherford, TX. She sold bred to One Time Pepto and with two embryos by Dual Rey.

Sweet Lil Boo, an 8-year-old Peptoboonsmal daughter and full sister to Sweet Lil Pepto and Pepto Taz, sold for $147,000. She was consigned, along with two embryos by High Brow Cat, by Rancharrah and purchased by Leslie Ann Simpkins, AUS.

The high-selling yearling, at $120,000, was Sweet Little Cats, a full brother to High Brow CD, former NCHA Futurity champion an NCHA Horse of the Year. Consigned by Bob Wendel and Jimmy Eakin, he was purchased by Lew Hall, Lakeland, FL.

Other high-selling yearlings included Shes Uh Secret, by Peptoboonsmal, at $93,000; Antebellum Cat, by High Brow Cat, at $80,000; and Reyz Me Twice, at $80,000, by Dual Smart Rey.

Jewel Bars Cat, high-selling 2-year-old at $110,000

Jewel Bars Cat, consigned by Tate and Laura Bennett, was the top-selling 2-year-old, at $110,000. The High Brow Cat son, out of NCHA world champion mare Sprats Dualin Jewel, was purchased by Center Ranch, an RFD-TV Partner.

Two-year-old Look The Look, by High Brow Cat, sold for $105,000 to Erika Da-Silva, Stephenville, TX. She was consigned by the Estate of Kenneth Jackson.

Western Bloodstock’s New Sire Spotlight Awards, for young stallions of foals no older than three, went to: High Brow CD, sire with the highest average – $30,500; One Time Pepto for high-selling colt, Spookys Roan Rolex at $44,000; and Dual Smart Rey for high-selling filly, Reyz Me Twice at $80,000.

“Western Bloodstock is proud of the fact that High Brow CD, One Time Pepto, and Dual Smart Rey all were consigned to past NCHA Futurity Sales,” said Ware.

For complete results: www.westernbloodstock.com

One Time Royalty reigns at the NCHA Futurity with 230

Sunday, December 12th, 2010
Lloyd Cox

Lloyd Cox and daughter Leighton.

One Time Royalty and Lloyd Cox, who barely scraped through the NCHA Futurity Semi-Finals on Friday with a cut-off score of 215 points, rocketed to a record 230-point win on Saturday, in the NCHA Futurity Finals, in Fort Worth.

Owner Jeffrey Matthews, Matthews Cutting Horses, Weatherford, TX, received the winner’s payout of $250,000. Matthews is the owner of One Time Pepto, sire of One Time Royalty and 2010 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion One Rockin Pepto.

Cox also placed fifth and earned $60,614 on Tazs Dreamgirl for Kathleen Moore, Madill, OK.

Wesley Galyean and his own horse, Some Like It Hott, claimed the reserve championship with 222 points. Galyean won the 2004 Futurity on Spots Hot, the sire of Some Like It Hott, while still a Non-Pro. His father, Jody, and brother, Beau, have both won the NCHA Futurity.

Jeffrey Matthews

Jeffrey & Sheri Matthews, owners of the Futurity Champion, and his sire.

Wesley, in addition, is uncle to Leighton Cox, the seven-month-old daughter of Lloyd Cox and Wesley’s sister, Christina.

Expanding the family tree, Johnny Below, a 2010 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist on Smooth Smokin Cat, is the uncle that mounted Lloyd Cox on his first cutting horse.

On the top side of One Time Royalty’s pedigree, Sheri Matthews, wife of Jeffrey, was a 2010 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist on Time N Sympathy, by One Time Pepto.

Jeffrey’s nephew, Will Arthur, was a Non-Pro finalist on B Back On Time, by One Time Pepto.

One Time Pepto is the only stallion to sire the winners of both the NCHA Open and Non-Pro Futurities in his first foal crop.

He is also one of only eight stallions to sire an NCHA Futurity winner in their first crop of foals. The others were: Joe Uno, with Uno Princess in 1968; Peppy San Badger, with Mr San Peppy in 1977; Docs Diablo, with Doc’s Prescription in 1979; Colonel Freckles with Colonel Lil in 1981; Personality Doc, with Doc Per in 1984; Brinks Royal Lee, with Royal Silver King in 1986; and Smart Little Lena, with Smart Date in 1987.

Lloyd Cox is an NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $4.6 million. He’s won the Super Stakes Classic on Halreycious, the NCHA Classic Challenge on Stylish Play Lena and the NCHA Derby on Smart Lookin Hi Brow. He’s also ridden 12 previous Futurity finalists, with his best previous finishes as second in 1996 on Royal Serena Belle, the dam of One Time Royalty,  and in 2003 on Twice As Reycy.

2010 NCHA Futurity Open

Saturday, December 11th, 2010
230.0
s
ONE TIME ROYALTY R: LLOYD COX O: MATTHEWS CUTTING HORSES
(ONE TIME PEPTO x ROYAL SERENA BELLE, by SHORTY LENA)
Earned: $250,000
222.0
m
SOME LIKE IT HOTT R: WESLEY GALYEAN O: WESLEY & KRISTEN GALYEAN
(SPOTS HOT x MIGHTY FINE SUE, by SMART LITTLE LENA)
Earned: $93,770
220.5
m
SMOOTH PEANUTBUTTER R: TIM SMITH O: IRON ROSE RANCH
(SMOOTH AS A CAT x JUSTA SMART PEANUT, by SMART LITTLE LENA)
Earned: $82,718
219.5
m
STYLISH MARTINI R: ROGER WAGNER O: MARVINE RANCH
(DOCS STYLISH OAK x MISS MARTINI PLAY, by FRECKLES PLAYBOY)
Earned: $71,667
219.0
m
TAZS DREAMGIRL R: LLOYD COX O: KATHLEEN MOORE
(PEPTO TAZ x MONTANA SUENOS, by MONTANA DOC)
Earned: $60,614
217.5
m
CAT N AT NOON R: MARK LAVENDER O: HARRY PERRIN
(SMOOTH AS A CAT x DUAL N AT NOON, by DUAL PEP)
Earned: $49,563
217.0
m
LOUELLAS CAT R: LINDY BURCH O: OXBOW RANCH
(HIGH BROW CAT x LOUELLA AGAIN, by DUAL PEP)
Earned: $48,451
216.0
s
BET THIS CATS SMART R: CASEY GREEN O: GARY & RENEE LORD
(WR THIS CATS SMART x BET YER BOONS, by PEPTOBOONSMAL)
Earned: $46,229
216.0
s
BLUE ONE TIME R: CLINT ALLEN O: GEORGIA & DAVE HUSBY
(ONE TIME PEPTO x QUINTAN BLUE, by MECOM BLUE)
Earned: $46,229
216.0
s
BUNNIES BOON R: JOHN MITCHELL O: SLATE RIVER RANCH
(MR BOONSMAL TO YOU x ACRES OF BUNNIES, by BOB ACRE DOC)
Earned: $46,229
215.5
s
A PEPPY LENA CLASSIC R: JAMES PAYNE O: ANDY & KAREN BECKSTEIN
(SMART LITTLE LENA x LIL SALLY PEPPY, by PEPPY SAN BADGER)
Earned: $44,006
215.0
s
BOONS CATALENA R: SAM SHEPARD O: DAVID & MICHELL PURYEAR
(HIGH BROW CAT x BOONS FRECKLE LENA, by PEPTOBOONSMAL)
Earned: $42,339
215.0
s
SCOOTIN SOLANO R: MATT MILLER O: HOWARD SUTTON
(SMART LIL SCOOT x BOON GLO SOLANO, by PEPTOBOONSMAL)
Earned: $42,339
214.5
m
PEPTOS SAND DANCER R: BRAD MITCHELL O: PAINTED SPRINGS FARM
(PEPTOBOONSMAL x DANCES IN THE SAND, by SR INSTANT CHOICE)
Earned: $40,672
214.0
m
BOONS A DREAMIN R: ROGER WAGNER O: MARVINE RANCH
(PEPTOBOONSMAL x DREAMS OF OAK, by DOCS FRECKLES OAK)
Earned: $39,560
213.0
s
CAT PROOF R: SEAN FLYNN O: JOE WOOD
(HIGH BROW CAT x PLAY PEEK A BOON, by FRECKLES PLAYBOY)
Earned: $37,337
213.0
m
LAHAINA LENA R: PHIL RAPP O: PHIL & MARY ANN RAPP
(DUAL REY x TAP O LENA, by DOC O’LENA)
Earned: $37,337
213.0
s
NOD N SMILE BABY R: PAUL HANSMA O: MATTHEWS CUTTING HORSES
(ONE TIME PEPTO x CAT MIST, by HIGH BROW CAT)
Earned: $37,337
212.5
m
REYVORCE R: TARIN RICE O: DON BALLARD
(DUAL REY x LOOK NEVER MIND, by SQUEAK TOY)
Earned: $35,114
212.0
s
QUIXOTES DIRTY DUEL R: WAYNE CZISNY O: ANDY & KAREN BECKSTEIN
(DUAL REY x ANNIE PRAIRIE, by WINNIN DOC)
Earned: $34,003
211.0
m
ARC BELLEZZA R: KATHY DAUGHN O: LEE TENNISON
(DUAL SMART REY x KATIE BELLE BABE, by ZACK T WOOD)
Earned: $32,336
211.0
s
DESIRES BLUE TRINITY R: CHRISTIAN JOHNSRUD O: COX TRINITY EQUINE
(MECOM BLUE x DESIRES SMART LENA, by SMART LITTLE LENA)
Earned: $32,336
202.0
s
WOODYS WILDEST CAT R: DARREN SIMPKINS O: CINDER LAKES RANCH
(HIGH BROW CAT x MISS ECHO WOOD, by DOCTOR WOOD)
Earned: $30,669
199.0
s
WILEY CAT R: DIRK BLAKESLEY O: WILEY CAT PARTNERSHIP
(HIGH BROW CAT x MISS ECHO WOOD, by DOCTOR WOOD)
Earned: $29,557
198.0
s
SMOOTHE BYE DESIGN R: PHIL RAPP O: SMOOTHE DESIGN LTD
(SMOOTH AS A CAT x ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, by SMART LITTLE LENA)
Earned: $28,446
190.0
m
PIPES STYLISH AFFAIR R: JOHN WOLD O: DEBRA & JACK FURST
(CATS MERADA x LENAS STYLISH BUNNY, by DOCS STYLISH OAK)
Earned: $27,334
186.0
s
SMART PRINCE MORIA R: BOYD RICE O: RALPH GRAY
(HIGH BROW CAT x SMART MORIA, by SMART LITTLE LENA)
Earned: $26,223
180.0
s
SPOOKYSTIMETOSHINE R: STEVE OEHLHOF O: DAROL & KAREN RODROCK
(ONE TIME PEPTO x SAN STARLIGHT, by GRAYS STARLIGHT)
Earned: $25,111

Notes on NCHA Futurity finalists

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Here’s a look at the riders in tonight’s Borden Milk NCHA Futurity finals. A 3-hour telecast of the finals presented by the David McDavid Family, will air on RFD-TV on Sunday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m. Central Time.

Draw Horse Rider Notes
1 SMART PRINCE MORIA BOYD RICE NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with earnings of $2.9 million. One of just two riders tonight to have won an NCHA World Championship. He has won 4 championships at NCHA Triple Crown shows. This is his 7th Futurity finalist.
2 WOODYS WILDEST CAT DARREN SIMPKINS NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $1.5 million. One of four Australian-born riders here tonight. He rode NCHA Horse of the Year Reys Dual Badger. This is his 6th Futurity finalist. His best previous finish was 3rd in 2007 on June Bug Dually.
3 SMOOTHE BYE DESIGN PHIL RAPP NCHA Hall of Fame rider. First to break the $7 million mark. One of three riders to qualify 2 horses tonight. Has made the Futurity finals 6 times beginning in 1996. Best previous finish was 4th in 2005 on Autumn Acre.
4 DESIRES BLUE TRINITY CHRISTIAN JOHNSRUD Only rider tonight also eligible for the John Deere Division Limited Open. 33-year-old rider has earned $235,000. First time to qualify for the Open finals.
5 CAT PROOF SEAN FLYNN NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $1.3 million. One of four Australian-born riders here tonight. Winner of multiple major limited age events. This is his second trip to NCHA Futurity finals. Last year he palced fourth on Catmas.
6 BUNNIES BOON JOHN MITCHELL NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $2.4 million. One of four Australian-born riders here tonight.Won the Limited Open on Playdox in 1998, the first year he showed here. This is his 8th trip to Futurity finals. Best previous finish was 3rd in 1998 on Bobs Smart Chance.
7 QUIXOTES DIRTY DUEL WAYNE CZISNY NCHA earnings of $809,000. Has won championships at the NCHA Eastern National Championships, the Southern Futurity, State of Missouri Futurity, Texas Futurity and other aged events. This is his 2nd trip to NCHA Futurity finals. He finished 10th in 1989 on The Smart Smoke.
8 SOME LIKE IT HOTT WESLEY GALYEAN NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $1.6 million. 27-year-old won the 2004 Futurity on Spots Hot while still a Non-Pro. He’s won major events at Memphis, Tunica, Augusta, Abiilene, Music City and Las Vegas. His father, Jody and brother Beau have both won the NCHA Futurity. This is his 3rd trip to the finals.
9 PIPES STYLISH AFFAIR JOHN WOLD NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $1.2 million. Two-time winner of the NCHA Derby. This is his 5th NCHA Futurity finalist, dating back to 1988. His best previous finish was 7th on George C Merada last year.
10 BOONS A DREAMIN ROGER WAGNER NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $3 million. One of four Australian-born riders here tonight. One of 3 riders with 2 finalists tonight Won the NCHA Classic Challenge on Quintan Blue. This is 6th time to NCHA Futurity finals. Best previous finish was 2nd in 2004 on Quintan Blue.
11 BLUE ONE TIME CLINT ALLEN NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $2.4 million. New Zealand-born rider has won the NCHA Derby and Super Stakes with Wood I Never. This is his fourth NCHA Futurity finalist. His best previous finish was 2nd in 2006 with Hydrive Cat.
12 BET THIS CATS SMART CASEY GREEN NCHA earnings of $276,000. 31-yearold trainer is making his 2nd trip to NCHA Futurity Finals. He placed 17th in 2005 on Buckaroo Boon, and also won the Limited Open Futurity that year with that horse.
13 ARC BELLEZZA KATHY DAUGHN NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $3.8 million. She won the 1985 Futurity on The Gemnist and the 2000 Futurity on Royal Fletch. She has been a finalist on 15 horses dating back to 1981. One of just two women to have won the NCHA Futurity.
14 SPOOKYSTIMETOSHINE STEVE OEHLHOF NCHA earnings of $627,000. 34-year-old trainer has been a finalist in the NCHA Classic Challenge and NCHA Derby. He has been a 4-time finalist in the NCHA Futurity Limited Open. This is his first time to qualify for the Open finals.
15 REYVORCE TARIN RICE NCHA earnings of $263,000. 21-year-old’s biggest win to date was as a Non-Pro in the 2007 MillionHeir Classic with MH Willing To Cut. This is his first time to make the NCHA Futurity finals. His grandfather, Sonny Rice, and father, Boyd Rice, have both been Futurity finalists.
16 BOONS CATALENA SAM SHEPARD NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $1.8 million. A past president of NCHA. At 64, he’s the oldest rider in tonight’s field. His son, Austin, won the Futurity with High Brow CD. Sam won the 2001 NCHA Classic Challenge with Desire Some Freckles. This is his 7th NCHA Futurity finals. His best previous finishes were 9th place in 1987 on Docs Lone Oak and 2002 on Felina Flo.
17 STYLISH MARTINI ROGER WAGNER NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $3 million. One of four Australian-born riders here tonight. One of 3 riders with 2 finalists tonight Won the NCHA Classic Challenge on Quintan Blue. This is 6th time to NCHA Futurity finals. Best previous finish was 2nd in 2004 on Quintan Blue.
18 ONE TIME ROYALTY LLOYD COX NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $4.6 million. He’s won the Super Stakes Classic on Halreycious, the NCHA Classic Challenge on Stylish Play Lena and the NCHA Derby on Smart Lookin Hi Brow. He’s ridden 12 previous Futurity finalists, and his best finish was 2nd in 1996 on Royal Serena Belle and 2003 on Twice As Reycy.
19 PEPTOS SAND DANCER BRAD MITCHELL NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $2 million. He’s won 5 championships at the Music City Futurity. He’s qualified for the NCHA Futurity 3 times before, with a best finish of 16th in 2009 on Cat A Rey.
20 WILEY CAT DIRK BLAKESLEY Passed the $1 million earnings mark this year. Has won multiple aged event titles, including the 1994 NCHA Limited Open Futurity on My Gals In Trouble. This is his third trip to NCHA Futurity finals. Best previous finish was 10 in 1997 on Thunder Hickory.
21 LAHAINA LENA PHIL RAPP NCHA Hall of Fame rider. First to break the $7 million mark. One of three riders to qualify 2 horses tonight. Has made the Futurity finals 6 times beginning in 1996. Best previous finish was 4th in 2005 on Autumn Acre.
22 A PEPPY LENA CLASSIC JAMES PAYNE NCHA earnings of $469,000. 32-year-old trainer has been an NCHA Derby finalist on HR Playin Legend, but this is the first time he’s made it to the NCHA Futurity finals.
23 CAT N AT NOON MARK LAVENDER Qualified for the NCHA Hall of Fame this year with earnings of $1 million. Won the NCHA Challenge in 1991 on So Neat Alena. This is his second trip to the NCHA Futurity finals. He placed 7th in 2005 on MK Cats Playgirl.
24 TAZS DREAMGIRL LLOYD COX NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $4.6 million. He’s won the Super Stakes Classic on Halreycious, the NCHA Classic Challenge on Stylish Play Lena and the NCHA Derby on Smart Lookin Hi Brow. He’s ridden 12 previous Futurity finalists, and his best finish was 2nd in 1996 on Royal Serena Belle and 2003 on Twice As Reycy.
25 SCOOTIN SOLANO MATT MILLER NCHA Hall of Fame rider with $1.2 million in earnings. 26-year-old won the 2006 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity on Travs Scooter. He’s made the Open finals twice before, finishing 3rd last year on Smooth Going Cat.
26 NOD N SMILE BABY PAUL HANSMA NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $4.8 million. He won the 1996 NCHA Futurity on Playboy McCrae. His twin daughters Cade and McCall finished second and third in the NCHA Junior Youth World standings this year. Paul has made the Futurity finals 12 times before.
27 SMOOTH PEANUTBUTTER TIM SMITH NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $4.7 million. He’s made the Futurity finals five times before, finishing 8th in 2003 with Opus Cat and again last year with Whiskeynadirtyglass.
28 LOUELLAS CAT LINDY BURCH NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $3 million. First woman to win the NCHA Futurity in 1980 on Mis Royal Mahogany. First woman to win an NCHA World Championship in 2000 on Bet Yer Blue Boons. First woman to be president of NCHA. She’s made the finals of the NCHA Futurity 14 times before.