There was a three-way tie for the lead at 218.5 in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro semi-finals Thursday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular presented by Great American Insurance.
Armando Costa Neto on Watch Me Whip, Stacie McDavid on Dmac Wise Guy and Elizabeth Quirk on Mosses Man shared the lead.
Twenty-one horses marked 215 or better to advance to Saturday’s finals.
Watch Me Whip is the first horse since Shakin Flo to win Non-Pro NCHA Futurity and Super Stakes championships, so she is in line to be the first Non-Pro Triple Crown winner. The mare, bred by the Costa family’s Fazenda Barrinha Corporation, is by Playgun out of Look The Look, by High Brow Cat. She brings earnings of more than $110,000 to the finals.
Costa Neto is a Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee. He won the 2015 NCHA Derby on Ms Regret.
Stacie McDavid is also in the Non-Pro Hall of Fame. Her homebred gelding Dmac Wise Guy is by Hickorys Indian Pep out of Brazos Bash Classic champion Wise Little Miss, by Wise Play. He was a Super Stakes Open finalist with Clint Allen, and McDavid has taken him to the Non-Pro finals at the Pacific Coast Derby, and the Super Stakes semi-finals. Dmac Wise Guy has earned more than $50,000. McDavid won the Amateur Super Stakes back in 1997 on Smart Little Tex.
Elizabeth Quirk and Mosses Man have been finalists at the Super Stakes and the Bonanza Cutting. The gelding was bred by Linda Holmes by Metallic Cat out of Nurse Moss, by Dual Pep. Nurse Moss is a full sister to leading sire Dual Rey. Mosses Man has earned more than $38,000 so far. Quirk is a former Youth World Champion.