Costa, Payne share Non-Pro victory

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.