Phil Rapp

 Dont Look Twice and Phil Rapp played a perfect game of one-upmanship to win the Calgary Stampede Open Classic Cutting by one point over Third Cutting and Boyd Rice on Saturday, October 16. “We were fortunate enough to cut behind Boyd,” said Rapp, who scored 228 points for the win. “My mare was as good as she’s been in a long time. She was low to the ground and really stopping hard.

 “We just put the pressure on and let the judges decide. We got lucky and it came out our way.”

 Dont Look Twice, Third Cutting and LHR Smooth Jamie May, ridden by Phil Hanson, are in a tight race for the coveted title of 2010 NCHA Horse of the Year. LHR Smooth Jamie May, who was reserve champion of the Calgary Stampede Open Derby, leads both Dont Look Twice and Third Cutting by three points with just one event left on the calendar – the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Futurity, next week in Paso Robles, CA.

 “We all respect each other and all have great horses,” said Rapp. “We all wanted to see each other succeed in Calgary.”

 Five-year-old Dont Look Twice, with lifetime earnings of $409,782, was bred by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp and is owned by Louis and Corliss Baldwin’s Waco Bend Ranch. Third Cutting, also a 5-year-old, is owned by Carl and Shawnea Smith.

 Phil Rapp officially surpassed the $7 million mark – an NCHA all-time record – with his Calgary winner’s payout of $7,224; he came to the event with a career total of $6,999,710.

 In other Calgary news, Randy Holman, Big Fork MT, won the Calgary Stampede Open Futurity aboard Pretty Smart Cat, and the Open Derby with Olenas Pepto. Both horses are owned by Dave and Sandy Sabey of Big Fork.

 For complete Calgary results and pedigrees, click here.