Lloyd Cox
Lloyd Cox claimed both open divisions of the Breeders Invitational on 4-year-old Hottish, owned by Dustin and Deena Adams and 5-year-old One Time Royalty, owned by SDM Quarter Horses. He also placed third with One Time Royalty and 19th on Tazs Dreamgirl, in the “Special 5” 5-year-old division; tied for sixth in the Derby on Betty Greyble, owned by Linda Holmes, and placed with Tazs Dreamgirl, owned by Kathleen Moore.

Altogether, Cox’s mounts collected $153,741 during the show, which concluded its 17-day run in Tulsa, Okla. on May 26. The winnings took Cox, who is ranked third among cutting’s all-time leading trainers, past the $5.5 million mark for offcial NCHA earnings. Only Phil Rapp with $7.6 million, and Matt Gaines with $6.2 million, have earned more.

Hottish scored 223.5 points for the BI Derby $63,468 win, which followed on the heels of his 227-point NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes win in April with Dustin. The Spots Hot son, out of Stylish Play Lena, earner of more than $265,000 and dam of earners of nearly $800,000, was trained by Cox, who also trained and showed Stylish Play Lena for Linda Holmes.

“I think he’s the best horse I’ve ever had,” said Adams, who purchased Hottish as a yearling, from Linda Holmes’s sister, Gail Holmes. “You can tell when he gets in the (spot) lights it means a lot more to him.”

Thundercat scored 221 points under Matt Miller for Don and Joetta Bell as reserve champion. The High Brow Cat son, who earned $38,819, is out of Desire Some Freckles, another notable show mare and producer.

One Time Royalty, 2010 NCHA Futurity champion with Cox, earned $34,752 for his 224.5-point Challenge win, and $23,978,23 in the Special 5, which increased his NCHA career earnings to $329,667.

The Special 5 was a one-time division for horses that were entered as 4-year-olds in the 2011 event, which was canceled due to concerns about an EVH-1 outbreak at another show.

Sly Playgirl, by That Sly Cat, shown by Jaime Snider for Rocking L Cutting Horses, won the Special 5 and $66,143 with 224 points; SDP Locked N Loaded, by Laredo Blue, was reserve champion with 221.5 points under Michael Cooper, for Gary Rosenbach.

Stylish Martini, by Docs Stylish Oak and shown by Roger Wagner for Marvine Ranch, was reserve champion of the Open Challenge division with 223 points.

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