The NCHA Futurity, in its third and final week, is drawing down to the Non-Pro Semi-Finals and Finals on Thursday, Dec. 10 and 11, followed by the Open Semi-Finals and Finals on Dec 12 and 13. Here is a breakdown of Open Semi-Finalists and a few other notes of interest:

Jojo Boon (pictured), by Peptoboonsmal, won the Open Limited championship and $23,686 tonight with 222 points under Geoffrey Sheehan for the mare’s breeder, Hope Mitchell.

Shes Twice As Smooth, ridden by Tatum Rice for Bill and Lisa Hefley, earned $20,939 as reserve champion of the Open Limited with 220 points. The Smooth As A Cat daughter is a full sister, out of Dually Lil Pep, by Dual Pep, to Smooth Going Cat, who is tied with 436.5, the highest cumulative score from the go-rounds, ridden by Matt Miller for Tommy Manion.

The Hefleys bred the mares, the only full siblings to qualify for the Semi-Finals, and have a full sister entered in Saturday’s Invitational Yearling Sale.

Open Semi-Finalists – 72
Sires with 2 or more semi-finalists (number of semi-finalists):
High Brow Cat (15); Dual Rey (11); Peptoboonsmal (7); Smooth As A Cat (7); Smart Little Lena (4)

Dam’s sires with 3 or more semi-finalists (number of semi-finalists):
Dual Pep (6); High Brow Cat (6); Peppy San Badger (5); Grays Starlight (4); Playgun (4); Smart Little Lena 4); CD Olena (3); Docs Stylish Oak (3)

The 72 Open Semi-Finalists are the offspring of 28 sires and progeny of 41 dam’s sires.

Two horses qualified for both the Open and the Non-Pro Semi-Finals: Arosesuchaclatter, by Smooth As A Cat, shown by Amando Costa Neto in the Non-Pro and ridden in the Open by Bart Nichols; and Falcon Feather, by Cats Red Feather, shown by Megan Miller in the Non-Pro and ridden by Tyler Merrill in the Open. Both earned money in Tuesday night’s John Deere Division finals.