Hangem Cat and Wesley Galyean were decisive winners of the Tunica Open Futurity with 223 points on Friday, February 6. NCHA Futurity champion Metallic Cat and Beau Galyean claimed reserve with 218 points.

The Galyean brothers and their father, Jody (Wes, Beau and Jody, left to right in photo), dominated the 31-horse Tunica Futurity with seven finalists and a claim to 34 percent of the $169,100 purse. Hangem High Cat, owned by Steven Feiner, earned $22,000. His previous best was as 29th-place finalist at the Abilene Spectacular.

Metallic Cat, winner of the Abilene Spectacular, as well as the NCHA Futurity, earned $18,181, for a total earnings of $318,181 in two months of showing. The High Brow Cat son (Hangem Cat is also sired by High Brow Cat) is owned by Alvin Fults, Amarillo, TX.

Wes Galyean also placed 5th on Rio Tazz, owned by Christin Glover, and 16th on Mandalay Rey 4th-placed at Augusta), owned by Fults. Beau finished out of the premium money on Double Down Peppy, as did Jody on Rose Colored Cat and Seca Rey Lena.

Hangem Cat and Metallic Cat each earned cumulative go-round scores that ranked them among the leaders. Hay Maker, ridden by R.L. Chartier for Windy Pass, won the first go-round with 220 points (finished 11/12 in the finals); Dont Look Twice, ridden by Phil Rapp for Waco Bend Ranch, won the second go-round with 220 points (finished 27/28 in the finals).

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