Countess Catrina tops Augusta Futurity Open go-round

January 21st, 2020

Austin Shepard, who on Monday topped the Augusta Futurity Open 5/6 Classic on Bama Jelly, marked the high score of 220 points on Tuesday, in the 4-Year-Old Futurity go-round, with Countess Catrina, sired by Im Countin Checks and owned and bred by Amanda Standish. Jessie Pritchard, riding for Shannon Daugherty, scored 219.5 points on Who Ya Callin Shorty, by High Brow CD. Three horses tied with 219 points: Gunnar Jensen, with Craig Thompson; Reyz Your Chelada, shown by Gabe Reynolds; and Strength In Numberz, with Austin Shepard.

Countess Catrina LTE $86,742, fifth-placed under Shepard in the NCHA Futurity, is a full sister to Deluxe Checks LTE $283,156, who was shown by Shepard as 2017 NCHA Open World Champion and World Finals Champion. Stella Starlight $292,408, the granddam of Countess Catrina and Deluxe Checks, has produced 22 earners of $1.2 million.

Who Ya Callin Shorty LTE $5,806, bred by Grace Ranch, is a full sister to Shorta CD LTE $91,006, and the second money earner out of the Shorty Lena daughter Cheyennes Shorty LTE $18,847.

Gunnar Jensen, by Cat Ichi, is out of Pretty Uptown LTE $29,738, and will be the Pretty Boy Cat daughter’s first money earner. Reyz Your Chelada, by Reydioactive, is a half-sister to 5-year-old Once Uponatime LTE $1,540, out of Smooth Chelada LTE $2,691, a three-quarter sister to Whiskeynadirtyglass LTE $183,978. Strength In Numberz, by High Brow Cat, is a three-quarter brother to the Cat Ichi daughter Peeptos Cat LTE $115,794.

The 2020 Augusta Futurity continues through Saturday, January 25.