Jaime Snider

The cutting world is focused on Tulsa, Okla this week and one of the sport’s richest events, the Breeder’s Invitational, which concludes on Saturday, May 25 with the Open and Non-Pro Derby Finals.

Last week’s 5 & 6-year old Classic/Challenge competition saw Sly Playgirl and Jaime Snider claim their second consecutive Breeder’s Invitational title for owner Luis De Armas, who also rides the 6-year-old mare in non-pro competition. Bred by Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch, owner of her late sire, That Sly Cat, Sly Playgirl won $22,826 and has career earnings of $312,000.

Thundercat, shown by Wesley Galyean for Steven Feiner, was Open reserve champion; Galyean also tied for sixth on High Classed Hottie, owned by Norda Burger

Last week’s biggest surprise, however, came on Saturday, May 18. The same day that Oxbow upset Kentucky Derby winner Orb in Maryland’s Preakness Stakes, I C Hi Stars and Francisco Sigala upset a 27-horse finals field in Tulsa to win the Breeder’s Invitational Non-Pro Classic/Challenge, with 220 points.

Although Francisco Sigala, 25, has a Texas Futurity title and three major reserve championships on record, this was I C Hi Star’s limited age event competition debut. The Cat Ichi daughter, who Sigala purchased last November, had previously been shown at weekend events and came to the Breeder’s Invitational with a career total of $3,138. Woodys Wildest Cat, the reserve champion with Mandy Chisum, came to Tulsa with NCHA earnings of $211,616 and also won the Classic/Challenge Ltd Non-Pro.

Payouts for the Breeder’s Invitational Non-Pro Classic/Challenge champion and reserve champion were $15,346 and $12,533, respectively.

High Classed Hottie and Norda Berger won the Classic/Challenge Amateur championship, with Amanda Purdin reserve riding Divas On Time, while William Cook and Sho is claimed the Derby Amateur title.

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