Copaspepto in elite company

September 28th, 2007

With his win in Thurdsay’s 4-year-old Open finals at the Brazos Bash in Weatherford, Texas, Copaspepto became only the 11th cutting horse to win four Open finals in a single calendar year. Copaspepto, a son of Peptoboonsmal ridden by Tag Rice for Marvine Ranch, is one of three geldings in the band of champions. Three stallions and five mares make up the rest of the list.

Dual Pep, represented by Dual Rey Me and Dualin Jewels, is the only sire with more than one of his offspring listed.

Tag Rice, who also rode Chiquita Pistol, and Russ Miller (Faith N Risk and Dualin Jewels) are the only trainers to have ridden more than one of these four-time champs.

Here’s a look at the horses that have taken four or more Open victories in a single year, and the events they won . . .

Copaspepto 2007 Memphis
2007 Abilene
2007 NCHA Super Stakes
2007 Brazos Bash

Reys Dual Badger 2006 Bonanza Cutting
2006 Cotton Stakes
2006 Memphis Futurity
2006 Northwest CHA Ranch Festival
2006 South Coast Futurity

Dual Rey Me 2005 NCHA Super Stakes Classic
2005 Brazos Bash
2005 Suncoast Futurity
2005 Texas Futurity

Chiquita Pistol 2003 NCHA Super Stakes
2003 NCHA Derby
2003 Abilene Spectacular
2003 Augusta Futurity
2003 Music City Futurity

Stylish Play Lena 2003 NCHA Classic Challenge
2003 Suncoast Futurity
2003 Abilene Spectacular
2003 Suncoast Winter Championship

Desire Some Freckles 2001 NCHA Classic Challenge
2001 Southern Futurity
2001 Region 5 Spring Maturity
2001 Mid America Extravaganza

Dualin Jewels 1998 Idaho CHA LAE
1998 Cutters Of Idaho
1998 Bonanza Cutting
1998 Gold Coast Winter Championship

Faith N Risk 1998 Idaho CHA LAE
1998 UCHA/Community Press Futurity
1998 Cutters Of Idaho
1998 Pacific Coast

Smart Aristocrat 1995 Abilene Summer Spectacular
1995 Augusta Futurity
1995 Chisholm Trail CHA
1995 Bonanza Cutting

Hicapoo 1994 NCHA Derby
1994 Augusta Futurity
1994 Glen Rose Derby
1994 Georgia National

Little Badger Dulce 1993 NCHA Super Stakes
1993 Abilene Summer Spectacular
1993 Congress Spring Spectacular
1993 Chisholm Trail CHA
1993 Abilene Spectacular
1993 Bonanza Cutting
1993 Steamboat Springs Derby