Second shall be first

December 11th, 2016

Matt Gaines on Second Spot. Hart Photography.

Second Spot and Matt Gaines brought down a packed house with a 229 in the Open finals of the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance December 10 in Fort Worth. That gave Gary and Shannon Barker’s homebred mare a seven-point lead for the win.

Austin Shepard took the reserve championship on Lew Hall’s Sir Long Legs with a 222.

Second Spot is by Spots Hot out of Reycy Moon, a Cats Moonshine mare that earned $209,000. Gaines was an NCHA Derby finalist and Brazos Bash and Tunica reserve champion on Reycy Moon. Gary Barker also earned some money on the mare in Non-Pro finals including the NCHA Classic Challenge.

Reycy Moon, in turn, was bred by Gail Holmes’ Double Dove Ranch by Cats Moonshine out of Twice As Reycy. Twice As Reycy earned $194,000 as the 2003 NCHA Futurity reserve champion and an NCHA Derby finalist under Lloyd Cox. Reycy Moon has produced earners of $450,000.

And Twice As Reycy was bred by Holmes by Dual Rey out of Rey Lena Girl, a $525,000 producer. Rey Lena Girl was out of Jay Moss, a 1966 Rey Jay mare that produced earners of $761,000, including Rey Lynx, which Paige Alexander rode to a string of Non-Pro Top 5 finishes from 1989-1996.

Peppy San Badger
Dual Pep
Miss Dual Doc
Chula Dual
Smart Little Lena
Smart Fancy Lena
Docs Fancy Peppy
Spots Hot
Doc O’Lena
Shorty Lena
Moira Girl
Sweet Shorty Lena
Son O Sugar
Quixotes R Sugar
Zan Ote
SECOND SPOT, sorrel m. 2013
High Brow Hickory
High Brow Cat
Smart Little Kitty
Cats Moonshine
Genuine Doc
Genuine Moonshine
Peppys Red Moon
Reycy Moon, LTE $209,363
Dual Pep
Dual Rey
Nurse Rey
Twice As Reycy, LTE $194,141, PE $450,108
Smart Little Lena
Rey Lena Girl, LTE $21,715, PE $525,409
Jay Moss, LTE $560, PE $761,139

Second Spot moved through the go-rounds with scores of 220.5 (10th), 219/439.5 (2nd), and 225 (1st) in the semi-finals.

For Gaines, the win filled a conspicuous void in his trophy case. He’s won the NCHA Super Stakes twice, the NCHA Derby, and last year, the NCHA World Championship. He also won the Non-Pro NCHA Futurity in 1990 on Playboys Lynnea, a mare his dad, Dick Gaines, bred.

Second Spot’s $225,395 paycheck, including a $35,000 bonus from Jerry’s Chevrolet and Great American Insurance, will give Gaines career earnings of more than $7,890,000 and position him to become the sport’s second $8 million rider next year.

Second Spot’s 229 is tied for the second highest score in Futurity history. One Time Royalty set the record with a 230 in 2010. Royal Fletch (2000) and Rockin W (2009) have also marked 229s in the showcase event.

The Barkers, of Madill, Oklahoma have been enjoying great success over the last two years. Before the Futurity, they’d already  won the 2015 World Championship and four Mercuria World Series finals with Special Nu Baby. Gary has won Unlimited Amateur championships at the 2015 Showdown in Cowtown, plus two divisions at Arbuckle Mountain this year, in addition to senior titles.

Austin Shepard on Sir Long Legs. Hart Photograpy.

Reserve champion Sir Long Legs was bred by Michelle Cannon and was purchased by Lew Hall of Highland City, Florida, for $90,000 as a yearling at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

The son of High Brow Cat is out of Lil Lena Long Legs, a mare that Shannon Hall showed to the reserve championship of the 2006 Super Stakes, and an earner of $189,000. Lil Lena Long Legs has produced earners of $293,000 including Cat Belue ($189,000), a 2011 NCHA Futurity finalist.