On Thursday, David McDavid awarded Jon Winkelried a McDavid Double Down Bonus check to match Winkelried’s earnings as champion of the Amateur Classic Challenge on Cherry Chex Dually, sired by McDavid’s stallion Hes A Peptoboonsmal.
But it was McDavid who received yesterday’s award – the champion’s trophy for his 225-point win in the NCHA Sponsor’s Cutting aboard DMAC Snoop Dog, owned by his wife, Stacie.
Open Derby action
A Smooth Criminal and Matt Gaines retain their lead with 219 points, as the Derby Open first go-round concludes today.
Whiskeynadirtyglass and Phil Rapp posted Friday’s high score of 218.5 points, tying with Spooked by A Cat and Grant Setnicka from Thursday’s action.
Peek Easy and Tommy Marvin rank third with 217 points.
Tim Smith showed Whiskeynadirtyglass for Rapp in the NCHA Futurity. The pair placed eighth and earned $73,232.
Now owned by Vincenzo Vario of Panama, Whiskeynadirtyglass was started by Jaime Beamer for David Brown, who consigned the colt to the NCHA Futurity Sale at two, where Vario purchased him for $100,000.
Vario then put the High Brow Cat son into training with Carlos Banuelos. When Banuelos passed away last fall, Vario called on Rapp.
“When we got him, I had already committed to my horses (for the Futurity), so Tim showed him for me,” Rapp explained.
“I showed him at Abilene (in January) and didn’t get along in the second go-round, then he pulled a suspensory at the Fort Worth Stock Show.
“We’ve got him sound now and back to his form at the Futurity. He’s a good little horse.”
Rapp also scored 215.5 points yesterday on Catlike Kit, owned by Louis and Corliss Baldwin of Fort Worth.
Spooked By A Cat made his 218.5 point mark under Grant Setnicka for trainer Gary Gonsalves, who owns the Cat Ichi-sired colt.
“I just got on him a week ago and had never shown him,” said Setnicka, who moved here from Idaho two weeks ago and is headquartered at Tom Lyons’s former training facility in Grandview, TX.