Lenas Star War and Tarin Rice topped a field of 25 four-year-olds on Wednesday in the Brazos Bash Derby, Weatherford, Tex. The 220-point win earned the second championship title and $22,000 for the pair, who took the NCHA Derby Open Gelding title last July in Fort Worth.
Reycy Moon, with Matt Gaines, marked 219 and Justa Lil Blue, under Roger Wagner, marked 218 for second and third.
Lenas Star War is owned by his breeder, Brenda Michael, of Amarillo, Tex. Michael owns both the gelding’s sire, Lenas Busy Bee, and dam, Lena Leo War Lady, the earner of over $160,000 under Michael and trainer Brady Bowen.
“This is his mother’s last colt, so he’s pretty special to Brenda,” said Rice, 22, who started and trained Lenas Star War. “He’s smooth-moving and travels real low, and he can trap a cow.”
The NCHA Derby Gelding championship was the first open title for Rice, youngest son of leading open rider Boyd Rice.
On Tuesday, leading money earner Dont Look Twice scored 223.5 points for her tenth major 2011 win, under Phil Rapp in the Brazos Bash Classic. Intention Del Rey, by TR Dual Rey, and Lloyd Cox placed second with 223 points.
Dont Look Twice, sired by High Brow Cat and owned by Louis and Corliss Baldwin’s Waco Bend Ranch, is ranked fourth among cutting’s all-time leading females money earners with over $600,000.
Rapp also tied for second and third in the Brazos Bash Futurity with 218 points on New Cut In Town. Smooth Jolena, ridden by Casey Morris for Bobby and Francie Butler, won the division with 218.5 Princess Spoonfull; and Craig Thompson also scored 218 points.
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