It was a dazzling conclusion to 15 days of competition – Lil Catbaloo’s 227-point Open Derby win under Lloyd Cox at the Breeder’s Invitational in Tulsa. Reyzin and Phil Rapp claimed reserve with 222.5 points and Dark And Sultry placed third with 222.
Bill Cowan and Merada Jo scored 220 points for the Non-Pro championship, while Kristen Galyean was reserve with 219 points on Tattoos On This Town, as well as third with 216 points on Dark And Sultry. Wes Galyean, champion in April of the NCHA Super Stakes on Hes A Hot Cat, also tied for seventh in the BI Open aboard Tattoos On This Town.
Altogether, Wes and Kristen Galyean, Claremore, Okla., won $92,876; Lloyd Cox and his wife Christina, who placed 11th and 21st in the Non-Pro, won $95,356; and Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, tied for fourth in the Non-Pro on Reyzin, earned $84,466 (Phil also placed fifth on Waco Bend’s mare Manytimes).
Lil Catbaloo, owned by Gene and Michelle Morris, Florence, Mont., placed fourth with Cox in the NCHA Futurity; qualified for the Abilene Spectacular; was reserve champion of the Arbuckle Mountain Derby; and placed sixth in the Bonanza.
Sired by High Brow Cat, bred by John Harrah and sold for $20,000 at the NCHA Futurity Yearling Sales, Lil Catbaloo is out of a half-sister to the dam High Brow CD, an all-time leading money earner and sire of Reyzin, owned by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp.
Manytimes, Phil Rapp’s fifth-placed mount (219 points), is out of Cats Twisted Whisker, who Phil rode to win the 2007 Breeder’s Invitational Derby.
Dark And Sultry, sired by Spots Hot, was bred by Jeff and Jennifer Foland out of Hissy Cat, who earned over $300,000 under Darren Simpkins and Jennifer Foland. Jennifer also tied for 15th in the Breeder’s Invitational Derby Non-Pro division on Hissterya, a half-brother, by Dual Rey, to Dark And Sultry.
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