Cool Cat Dual Rey takes Houston

February 28th, 2016
Kobie Wood on Cool Cat Dual Rey.

Kobie Wood on Cool Cat Dual Rey.

Five-time NCHA World Champion Kobie Wood marked 227 on Cool Cat Dual Rey, for a one-point win in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo on Saturday. It was Wood’s first win in World Series competition.

Phil Rapp and Dont Stopp Believin finished second with a 226, while Steve Oehlhof and Tapt Out, place third with a 223.5.

Cool Cat Dual Rey is a homebred 7-year-old by Dual Rey out of Donas Cool Cat, a $315,000 earner that also produced Donas Suen Boon, which Wood rode to seventh place in the Mercuria finals with a 220.

Cool Cat Dual Rey was the Novice Champion at the 2014 Abilene Spectacular, and he was a top five finalist at Abilene, the Bonanza, the Non-Pro & The Open, and the Waco Texas Classic. His win at Houston takes his earnings over $121,000.

Constance Jaeggi takes second Non-Pro of 2016

Constance Jaeggi.

Constance Jaeggi.

Constance Jaeggi of Weatherford, Texas went two-for-two in the Mercuria World Series for 2016 by marking 225 on Saguaro Ichi to win the Non-Pro finals at Houston. Kaitlyn Wimberly placed second with a 224 on Sir Stylish Lizzy while Ray Baldwin was third with a 220.5 on Dont Look Twice, the richest cutting horse in training today.

The win padded Jaeggi’s lead in the 2016 Non-Pro World Standings. She was World Champion in 2014 and Saguaro Ichi was NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year.

Saguaro Ichi is by Cat Ichi out of the Freckles Playboy mare Playboys Heidi. The 10-year-old has won more than $280,000.

Jaeggi, who is in the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, has earned more than $530,000. She has now won six Mercuria finals, tying Dan Hansen’s Non-Pro record in the program. All but one of those wins have been with Saguaro Ichi.