Smooth As A Cat hits a triple in Bonanza

February 17th, 2016
Smooth Scooten and Jason Clark. Hart photo

Smooth Scooten and Jason Clark. Hart photo

It was smooth sailing on Monday, February 15 in Glen Rose, Tex., as Smooth As A Cat-sired offspring placed first, second and third in the Bonanza Cutting 4-Year-Old Open Finals.

Smooth Scooten, bred by Darren Blanton and owned by Tommy Manion, claimed the championship with 224 points under Jason Clark. The $22,599 winner’s share represented the blue roan stallion’s first paycheck.

The Copper Killer, owned and bred by Iron Rose Ranch, scored 219 points with Gary Gonsalves for the reserve championship and $18,879. The sorrel gelding had already earned three titles coming into the Bonanza, as 2015 Brazos Bash Open Futurity and Open Gelding champion and 2015 Idaho Futurity Open Gelding reserve champion, and has current earnings of $49,117.

Smooth Play Kit, bred by Grimes Ranch and owned by Tommy Manion, scored 217.5 points under Michael Cooper to tie for third with Dual Smart Rey daughter TS Katniss, ridden by Lloyd Cox for Julie Jarma.

Smooth Play Kit previously placed seventh in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals with Kyle Manion and eighth in the 2016 Abilene Spectacular Open with Cooper. She has lifetime earnings of $47,822.

TS Katniss, bred by Robert and Lynn Meyer, was a finalist with Cox in the recently concluded Ike Hamilton Futurity Open Finals and Novice division, and has earnings of $16,630.

In addition to Smooth Scootin, The Copper Killer and Smooth Play Kit, Smoot As A Cat is also the sire of Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open Finalists Cienna Smooth, with John Sanislow for Circle Y Ranch, and Scatcat, with owner Phil Hanson.