Adan Banuelos and Glitter Done marked 227.5 to prevail in a tight finish in the Mecuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals at the Pacific Coast Derby Saturday. Lindy Burch on Stylish Bet and Gary Gonsalves on Reyzin The Cash both scored 227 to split second in the South Point Arena in Las Vegas.
Bred and owned by Susan Hearst, Glitter Done is a 9-year-old mare by Dual Smart Rey out of Tinsels Lady Cat, by High Brow Cat. She’s a half-sister to $103,000 earner Im Hal On Heels.
Grant Setnicka showed Glitter Done to win a Novice division title in the 2013 West Texas Classic. Banuelos was a Pacific Coast Classic Challenge finalist with her the following year.
Glitter Done’s $5,620 paycheck takes her career earnings over $14,580.
Co-reserve champ Stylish Bet is a 9-year-old mare by Docs Stylish Bet out of World Champion Bet Yer Blue Boons, bred and owned by Oxbow Ranch of Weatherford, Texas. Stylish Bet has earned over $140,000.
Co-reserve champ Reyzin The Cash is a 5-year-old son of Dual Rey and Spookys Cash that won the NCHA Derby and Pacific Coast Derby last year, and the Cattlemen’s Classic and Arbuckle Mountain this spring. He has earned more than $158,000 for owner-breeder Iron Rose Ranch of Carbondale, Colorado.
Kaitlyn Wimberly of Millsap, Texas, extended her lead in the 2016 NCHA World Non-Pro Standings by marking 227 to win the Non-Pro finals of the Mercuria event at the Pacific Coast Derby. She rode Light N Lily to a two-point victory over Jessica Banuelos on Highbrow Time.
Light N Lily was bred by Wimberly’s dad, Billy Martin, by Light N Lena out of Meradas Oh Cay, by Freckles Merada. Meradas Oh Cay’s progeny earnings topped $600,000 with this latest win.
Wimberly won the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, the Cattlemen’s Classic, the Abilene Spectacular and the West Texas Classic with Light N Lily in 2013. The mare has now earned more than $220,000.
Wimberly, who will be inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame next weekend, came to Las Vegas with a $10,000 lead in the World Standings over Constance Jaeggi and April Widman. She added another $7,470 to her total in the Mercuria finals.
Reserve champion Jessica Banuelos of Aspen, Colorado, rode Highbrow Time, a 6-year-old gelding bred by Dave and Clare Capps by High Brow CD out of million-dollar producer One Time Soon. Highbrow Time has now earned more than $190,000.