Play Miss, who placed third to Copaspepto and Hydrive Cat in last year’s Memphis Futurity, defeated both horses in the 2008 Tunica (formerly Memphis) 5/6 Classic tonight. Ridden by John Mitchell for Slate River Ranch, the 5-year-old Playgun daughter scored 223.5 points for a $20,000 share of the purse. Pet Squirrel, ridden by Roger Wagner, placed second with 220.5 points.

Pet Squirrel had won the first go-round with 219.5 points, but Sophisticated Catt, with Phil Hanson, claimed the second round with 221 and tallied 440 points for high cumulative. Play Miss and Pet Squirrel ranked among the top 10 (from 28 finals qualifiers) with 434.5 and 433.5.

Play Miss entered the Tunica Classic with $102,499 in earnings, $41,000 of which came as the reserve champion to Wood I Never in the 2007 NCHA Derby.

Roger Wagner, who rides Pet Squirrel for Jim Vangilder, also scored 219 on Justa Lil Freck to split 3/4 with Faith In My Cat, and 218 on Dont Hick Up to split 5/7 with Shes Icing Onthecat and Taylor Maid Cat.

Tunica winnings increased Pet Squirrel’s earnings to just under the $300,000 mark. The 6-year-old Playdox daughter, out of Squirrel Tooth Alice, by CD Olena, has won seven major open and non-pro events. She was bred by Glade Knight, owner of Slate River Ranch and Play Miss, as well as Playdox and Bobs Freckles, sire of Justa Lil Freck and Dont Hick Up.

Copaspepto, recent winner of the Augusta 5/6 Classic, scored 212 as the seventh horse to work in the 14-horse first set; Play Miss worked sixth in the second set; Pet Squirrel drew 13th in the first.

Here’s a look at the finalists in the Tunica Open Classic:

223.5 Play Miss, R: Mitchell, John; O: Slate River Ranch
m (Playgun x Missuma, by Smart Little Lena)
Earned: $20,000; Prior LTE: $102,499

220.5 Pet Squirrel, R: Wagner, Roger; O: Vangilder, Jim
m (Playdox x Squirrel Tooth Alice, by CD Olena)
Earned: $15,914; Prior LTE: $271,339

219.0 Faith In My Cat, R: Allen, Clint; O: Wrigley Ranches
s (High Brow Cat x Faith In Your Mate, by Smart Mate)
Earned: $11,540; Prior LTE: $70,093

219.0 Justa Lil Freck, R: Gann, Todd; O: Aldridge Farm
m (Bobs Freckle x Justa Lil Tomboy, by Freckles Playboy)
Earned: $11,540; Prior LTE: $17,883

218.0 A Taylor Maid Cat, R: Clark, Jason; O: Blanton, Darren
G (High Brow Cat x Taylor Maid Wood, by Zack T Wood)
Earned: $8,734; Prior LTE: $3,260

218.0 Dont Hick Up, R: Wagner, Roger; O: Vangilder, Jim
m (Bobs Freckle x Play Up Hickory, by Freckles Playboy)
Earned: $8,734; Prior LTE: $116,259

218.0 Shes Icing Onthe Cat, R: Galyean, Wesley; O: Jackson, Kenneth
m (High Brow Cat x Smart Lucinda Lena, by Smart Little Lena)
Earned: $8,734; Prior LTE: $235,449

217.5 Boogie Boon, R: Gaines, Matt; O: Manion, Gaines, Manion
s (Smart Little Lena x Autumn Boon, by Dual Pep)
Earned: $7,388; Prior LTE: $31,275

217.0 Rey Jay Play, R: Hanson, Phil; O: Lazy H Ranch
m (Dual Rey x Play Who, by Freckles Playboy)
Earned: $6,714; Prior LTE: $154,793

216.5 Chic Ka Ching Chic, R: Galyean, Jody; O: Bergquist, Richard
m (A Chic In Time x Lucky Little Jewel, by Smart Little Lena)
Earned: $6,041; Prior LTE: $14,251

216.0 San Tule Uno, R: Shepard, Austin; O: Bowman, Mike & Libby
s (San Tule Freckles x Smart Little Thunder, by Smart Little Uno)
Earned: $4,694; Prior LTE: $357,851

216.0 Hydrive Cat, R: Allen, Clint; O: Buffalo Ranch
s (High Brow Cat x Ruby Tuesday DNA, by Peppy San Badger)
Earned: $4,694; Prior LTE: $333,913

216.0 Miss Rey Hickory, R: Chartier, Randy; O: Wrobbel, Kenneth
m (Dual Rey x Miss Dry Hickory, by Doc’s Hickory)
Earned: $4,694; Prior LTE: $20,279

214.5 Lil Liza Mecom Blue, R: Johnson, Ben; O: Quirk, Todd
m (Mecom Blue x Precious Liza Lena, by Smart Little Lena)
Earned: $3,347; Prior LTE: $12,377

214.0 Ruby Tuesdays Color, R: Budge, Matt; O: Jackpot Ranch
m (Color Me Smart x Ruby Tuesday DNA, by Peppy San Badger)
Earned: $2,673; Prior LTE: $106,337

213.5 Putiton My Visa Mate, R: Clark, Jason; O: DMI Land & Cattle
g (Smart Mate x Visa Lena, by Shorty Lena)
Earned: $2,000; Prior LTE: $4,953

213.0 Herb Merada, R: Cooper, Michael; O: Davis, Joe Wes Jr.
G (Meradas Money Talks x Herbs Lady, by Grays Starlight)
Earned: $2,000; Prior LTE: $52,611

212.0 Bodee Jazz, R: Morris, Casey; O: Butler, Bobby & Francie
m (Bodee Boonsmal x Royal Jazzy 195, by Eatin Out)
Earned: $2,000; Prior LTE: $56,770

212.0 Cats Live Oak, R: Blakesley, Dirk; O: Stallkamp, Dale
m (High Brow Cat x Peppys Live Oak, by Docís Oak)
Earned: $2,000; Prior LTE: $28,643

212.0 Copaspepto, R: Rice, Tag; O: Marvine Ranch
g (Peptoboonsmal x Miss Martini Play, by Freckles Playboy)
Earned: $2,000; Prior LTE: $300,455

211.0 Ginas Cat, R: Shepard, Austin; O: Davis, Lynn
s (High Brow Cat x Gina Badger, by Peppy San Badger)
Earned: $2,000; Prior LTE: $55,235

211.0 Sophisticated Catt, R: Hanson, Phil; O: Feister, Keith
s (High Brow Cat x Shania Cee, by Peppy Boy 895)
Earned: $2,000; Prior LTE: $48,528

210.0 SDP Buffalo Bill, R: Smith, Greg; O: Plummer, David
s (High Brow Cat x Ruby Tuesday DNA, by Peppy San Badger)
Earned: $2,000; Prior LTE: $82,111

208.0 Chiquita Boon, R: Johnson, Ben; O: Noble, Arthur
G (Blue Bayou Boon x Smart Lil Chiquita, by Smart Little Lena)
Earned: $2,000; Prior LTE: $32,297

0.0 MH San Tules Dually, R: Shepar, Austin; O: Shepard, Austin & Stacy
m (San Tule Freckles x Joses Dually, by Dual Pep)
Earned: $2,000; Prior LTE: $97,198

0.0 Wild Haired Cat, R: Allen, Clint; O: Fitzgerald, Pat
s (High Brow Cat x Miss Echo Wood, by Doctor Wood)
Earned: $2,000; Prior LTE: $124,316

0.0 Mates Locked In, R: Clark, Jason; O: Blanton, Darren
g (Smart Mate x Lock The Door, by Doc’s Hickory)
Earned: $2,000; Prior LTE: $72,307

0.0 Little Pepto Patti, R: Gaines, Matt; O: Banawien Ranch
m (Peptoboonsmal x Just Lena, by Genuine Peppy)
Earned: $2,000; Prior LTE: $80,663