High Brow Cat surpasses Smart Little Lena as all-time leading sire

May 25th, 2009

A 1-2-3 finish in the Breeders Invitational Open Derby on Memorial Day weekend, clinched High Brow Cat’s new title as the all-time leading sire of NCHA money earners. He overtakes long-standing leader Smart Little Lena. Prior to the show, which concluded in Tulsa on Saturday, High Brow Cat’s offspring had earned $32,941,213 in NCHA competition, compared to Smart Little Lena’s $33,119,981.

High Brow Cat-sired competitorsádominated the Breeder’s Invitational, earning $400,000 (not including stallion bonus money) in divisional finals and go-rounds, while Smart Little Lena offspring made about $37,000 at the show.

NCHA Futurity champion and Super Stakes reserve champ Metallic Cat, with 228 points under Beau Galyean, collected $76,163 in NCHA earnings as winner of the Breeder’s Invitational Derby, moving him within just a few thousand dollars of an elite group of performers with over $500,000 in official NCHA earnings.

Hangem Cat, with Wes Galyean, placed as reserve with 224 points to earn $45,8134 (NCHA), andáDesires Katrina and Darren Simpkins finished third with 221.5.

High Brow Cat hasábeen a dominant force in cutting arenas for more than a decade, most recently with a record $6 million in NCHA offspring earnings in 2008.

Together, High Brow Cat and Smart Little Lena offspring have earned more than 10% of the $628 million in purses paid out in NCHA-sanctioned competition since the association was formed in 1946.

Dustin Adams won the BI Non-Pro Derby with 219 on Marmolaker by Laker Doc, while Kelle Earnheart was reserve with 218 on Smooth An Boon, by Smooth As A Cat.

Click here for full results and pedigrees on all Breeders Invitational divisions.