Deuces top Day 2

November 20th, 2020

Intox O Cating, under Michael Cooper, and Aspenglow, with Sean Flynn, tied with 222 points on Friday, November 20, to top the second day in the Open first round of the 2020 NCHA Futurity. Catolena Cashin In, with 224 points, on the first day under Tarin Rice, remains the go-round leader.

Intox O Cating, ridden by Michael Cooper. Seth Petit photo.

Intox O Cating, a Boon Too Suen daughter, is owned by her breeder, Gary Rosenbach, Weatherford, Tex., and is a full sister to 2014 NCHA Futurity Open finalist Suen You Will See LTE $163,778, also shown by Cooper.

Cat O Conner LTE $68,291, a High Brow Cat daughter and the dam of Intox O Cating and Suen You Will See, has produced eight money earners of $332,428.

Michael Cooper, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,824,190, has been an NCHA Futurity Open finalist aboard 10 horses, including Yadacat LTE $193,609, reserve champion in 2009, as well as Jae Bar One Time LTE $198,842, and the Boon Too Suen gelding Special Nu Boon LTE $188,096, third-placed in 2011 and 2017, respectively.

Aspenglow, ridden by Sean Flynn. Seth Petit photo.

Aspenglow, a mare sired by Metallic Cat out of Purdy Aristocrat, was bred by Old Tascosa, Amarillo, Tex., and is owned by Bobby Ray and Mary Jo Hawkins, Seguin, Tex. Purdy Aristocrat LTE $100,403, by Smart Aristocrat, is the dam of 17 earners of $738,610, including Aspenglow’s full brother Denvers Purdy LTE $72,363, who placed eleventh in the 2015 NCHA Open Futurity with Paul Hansma.

Sean Flynn, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,808,522, has been an NCHA Futurity Open finalist four times, including in 2009, when he placed fourth on Catmas LTE $164,813. He also won the 2013 NCHA Derby with Buzzted LTE $295,862, and the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Classic on Cat Man Blue LTE $286,023.

Eligante, ridden by Kathy Daughn for Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., posted 220.5 points, Friday’s second-highest score. Sired by The Boon, and bred by Double Dove Ranch, Eligante is a mare out of Stylish Play Lena LTE $264,474, cutting’s #2 all-time leading producer with earners of $2,045,751, including Smooth Talkin Style LTE $293,232, reserve champion of the 2014 NCHA Futurity under Lloyd Cox. Smooth Talkin Style is also the sire of Speak Easie, who scored 222 points on Thursday under Cass Tatum, and is tied with Intox O Cating and Aspenglow with the go-round’s current second-highest score.

Kathy Daughn, the NCHA Hall of Fames earner of $4,340,046, is a two-time NCHA Futurity champion. She won her first Futurity in 1985, riding The Gemnist LTE $349,823, for Harland Radomske. Her second win came in 2000, with 229 points on Royal Fletch LTE $235,098, who she owned in partnership with Kit Moncrief of Fort Worth. In addition to The Gemnist and Royal Fletch, Daughn has shown 14 other NCHA Futurity Open finalists, including Four Acres LTE $229,487 and Kit Dual LTE $251,691, who placed third in 1991 and 1997, respectively.