Junie Wood tops Open Showdown go-round

November 18th, 2015
Junie Wood and John Mitchell winning the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Classic

Junie Wood and John Mitchell winning the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Junie Wood LTE $425,540, ridden by John Mitchell for Slate River Ranch, Weather, Tex., scored 225 points on Tuesday to top a field of 74 vying for one of 15 berths in the December 4 finals of the Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown.

Snap Crackle Cat, with Tatum Rice for John McClaren, and Stylish Bet, shown by Lindy Burch for Oxbow Ranch, tied with 224.5 points. Five horses tied with the cutoff score of 221-points.

Five-year-old Junie Wood, by Nitas Wood out of Tuffs Junie, won the 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro under Craig Crumpler before being purchased by Slate River Ranch owner Glade Knight. She has since won seven major events, including the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes, with John Mitchell, and Knight won the Non-Pro Senior divisions of 2015 NCHA Classic Challenge and the 2015 Brazos Bash riding her.

Six-year-old Snap Crackle Cat, by High Brow Cat out of Dualsnap, won the Brazos Bash 5/6 Open and Open Gelding, as well as the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Open, and is the winner of $91,129.

Seven-year-old Stylish Bet LTE $109,157, by Docs Stylish Oak, is out of NCHA World Champion Bet Yer Blue Boons, three-time winner of the NCHA World Finals, also owned by Oxbow Ranch and shown by Lindy Burch.

The finalists ranged in age from four years to 10-year-old Third Cutting, who scored 222 points under Boyd Rice for Carl and Shawnea Smith. Third Cutting, a leading money earner of $522,421, was champion of the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes and the NCHA Derby with Rice.

The Open finals will pay $330,000, with $75,000 going to the winner.

The Showdown in Cowtown go-rounds continue today with the Non-Pro and Unlimited Amateur divisions. The first day of NCHA Futurity Open go-round competition begins on Thursday, November 19. For webcasts, entries and results of both events go to www.nchacutting.com.