Phil Rapp on Dont Look Twice
Phil Rapp on Dont Look Twice.

Phil Rapp and Dont Look Twice capped a remarkable week by winning the Mercuria Energy NCHA World Series Open finals with a 228 at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Satruday night.

Dont Look Twice edged out Bet Hesa Cat, who marked 227.5 with Austin Shepard riding.

Dont Look Twice’s Houston win follows the 6-year-old mare’s half-point victory over Third Cutting at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity, 350 miles to the north in Ardmore, Oklahoma on Thursday.

The daughter of High Brow Cat and Tapt Twice is enjoying a banner year. She’s made more than $67,000 since the calendar turned, with championships at the World Series in Houston, Tunica and Arbuckle Mountain, a reserve at Augusta and a third at the Bonanza.

Owned by Louis and Corliss Baldwin’s Waco Bend Ranch, Dont Look Twice is a granddaughter of Rapp’s great competitor and producer Tap O Lena. She’s won 11 NCHA limited age titles, as well as the 2009 AQHA World Show Junior Cutting. With her 2011 earnings, she’ll leave Houston with a career total of more than $480,000, closing in on Chiquita Pistol ($532,714) as the richest mare in training today.

Photo by Alan Gold