2020 Cattlemens Derby & Classic Daily Updates

Lance Cooper wins Cattlemen’s Derby
On Sunday, March 8, riding Wiskeemakesmefriskee LTE $28,547, by Smooth As A Cat, Lance Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., scored 219.5 points to win the Cattlemens' 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Derby. Ryan Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., scored 219 on Too Suen To Drive LTE $18,048, by Boon Too Suen, for the reserve championship, while Brad Wilson, Lone Grove, Okla., aboard Sumkinda Kitkat LTE $5,497, by Kit Kat Sugar, placed third with 218.

Lance Cooper, 19, the NCHA earner of $247,524 has won 20 NCHA limited age finals, as well as NYCHA events. In 2017, he won the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited riding Zen And Tonic LTE $133,638, by High Brow CD. The Cattlemen’s Derby is his third win in 2020 aboard Wiskeemakesmefriskee. The pair also won Non-Pro championships in the Abilene Spectacular and the Arbuckle Mountain Derby.
Wiskeemakesmefriskee was bred by Michael and Jennifer Cooper out of Justa Lil Freck LTE $113,253, by Bobs Freckle, and is a three-quarter brother to Wendels Little Missy LTE $158,117.
Ryan Rapp, the NCHA earner of $378,545, as well as an NYCHA Senior Youth competitor, showed Too Suen To Drive as a finalist in the 2019 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. He also rode Hows Your Memorey LTE $57,065, by High Brow CD, to win the 2019 PCCHA Non-Pro Stakes, and placed sixth in the 2019 NYCHA Senior Youth World Finals riding Im Reydioactive LTE $170,442, by Dual Rey.
Too Suen To Drive was bred by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, out of Tuned Up To Drive LTE $124,157, the Hydrive Cat daughter who Mary Ann Rapp showed as reserve champion of the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. Too Suen To Drive and 4-year-old Tuff Drivin LTE $4,736, by Woody Be Tuff, are Tuned Up To Drive’s first performers.
Brad Wilson, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $603,734, was a 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro finalist riding Milly Vanilly LTE $37,139, by Halreycious. Showing Sumkinda Kitkat earlier this year, he placed fifth in the Arbuckle Mountain Derby. Sumkinda Kitkat, a half-sister to Some Sweet Checks LTE $95,978, is out of Some Kinda Sweety LTE $134,193, half-sister to Some Kinda Highbrow LTE $487,412.

Sweet win for Mean Bean and Jessica Gonsalves in Cattlemen’s 5/6 Non-Pro Finals
March 7, 2020 - Jessica Gonsalves scored 220 points riding 5-year-old Mean Bean LTE $24,509, by Dual Rey, on Friday, March 6, to win the Cattlemen’s 5/6 Non-Pro championship. Nadine Payne, Overbrook, Okla., earned 216.5 points for reserve on 5-year-old Blu Velvet LTE $78,493, by Once In A Blu Boon, and Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., placed third with 216 points aboard 5-year-old Summer Time Fun LTE $94,824, by Metallic Cat.
Mean Bean and Jessica Gonsalves earned their first check together with a sixth-place finish in the 2019 PCCHA Cutting Stakes Non-Pro Intermediate, after Gary Gonsalves showed the gelding as a 2018 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist. Last month, Jessica and Mean Bean stepped up to tie with 222 points for the reserve championship of the Arbuckle Mountain Classic.
The NCHA earner of $304,355, Jessica Gonsalves, Millsap, Tex., claimed her first major title as Non-Pro champion of the 1996 PCCHA Cutting Stakes, riding Starlight Jewel, by Grays Starlight. In 2012, she won the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited on Poundcake Deluxe, by Cats Quixote Jack.
Mean Bean is a full brother, out of Spookys Cash LTE $284,313, to Reyzin The Cash LTE $274,376, shown by Gary Gonsalves to win the 2015 NCHA Derby, among seven major limited event wins.
Nadine Payne, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $648,857, showed Blu Velvet as a finalist in five major 2019 events, including as champion of the NCHA Non-Pro Derby.  In addition to the Cattlemen’s Classic Non-Pro reserve title, Payne and her blue roan mare also placed third in the 2020 Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Classic and eighth in the 2020 Bonanza Classic.
Bred by Nadine Payne, Blu Velvet, out of Velvets Best Shot LTE $53,156, by Playgun, is a half-sister to Velvets Revolver LTE $277,351, by WR This Cats Smart.
Kathleen Moore, the NCHA earner of $635,242, has been an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist for three consecutive years on Hear Me Purr LTE $27,057, in 2019; Khaleesi Kat LTE $84,638, in 2018; and Princess Betty Rey LTE $31,017, in 2017. While the 2020 Cattlemen’s Classic marks Moore’s first time to show Summer Time Fun in a major aged event, her Metallic Cat daughter earned her first check as an Open semi-finalist under James Payne in the 2018 NCHA Futurity. Payne and Summer Time Fun then went on to place in the finals of six major events, including as champions of the 2019 NCHA Derby. Bred by Ty Moore, Summer Time Fun is a full sister to Let Georgie Do It LTE $145,592, out of Hey Georgy Girl LTE $130,829.


Lil Metallic Ace and Clay Johnson ace Cattlemen’s Derby Open Ltd
Lil Metallic Ace scored 221 points under Clay Johnson to win the 2020 Cattlemen’s Derby Open Limited on Friday, March 6. Ahhh Honey Honey, also shown by Johnson, and Olde Towne Road, ridden by Steve Oehlhhof, tied with 219 points to split second and third.
Owned and bred by WR Diversified Holdings, Clarksville, Tex., Lil Metallic Ace came into the Cattlemen’s Derby with $3,686, following finals performances under Johnson in the Bonanza Open and the Arbuckle Mountain Open Limited. Sired by Metallic Cat and out of MH Split The Aces LTE $204,320, by San Tule Freckles, Lil Metallic Ace is a three-quarter brother to Cougarace LTE $174,631, by High Brow Cougar.
Ahhh Honey Honey, bred by Ashley Snider and owned by Billie and William Aylesworth, Lipan, Tex., earned her first major check as third-place finalist under Johnson, in the Arbuckle Mountain Open Limited. The Hottish daughter is the top money earner out of unshown Outreygeous Style, an 11-year-old Dual Rey daughter.
Olde Towne Road, sired by Docs Stylish Oak and bred by Wrigley Ranches, is out of Special Nu Kitty LTE $301,268, dam of six NCHA earners of $448,482, and half-sister to Special Nu Baby LTE $481,197. Owned by Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., Olde Towne Road collected his first NCHA earnings in the Cattlemen’s Open Limited Finals.


Sanctus wins Cattlemen’s 4-Year-Old Open
March 6, 2020 - Sanctus and Rodrigo Taboga, winners of the Abilene Spectacular Open Limited, scored 223 points on Thursday, March 5, to win the 2020 Cattlemen’s Open Derby. Tweezin My Brow with Lloyd Cox, and Twice In Santiago under Adan Banuelos, tied with 222 points to split second and third.
Owned by Scott Durham, Fort Worth, Tex., and bred by Isidro Sigala, Sanctus is sired by High Brow Cat and out of the Dual Rey daughter Sofie Rey LTE $148,557, who carried Sigala as reserve champion of the 2010 Cattlemen’s Amateur Derby. Sanctus is also a full brother to Sofies Choice Cat LTE $59,575, the 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur reserve champion under Tom Williams.
Rodrigo Taboga, the NCHA earner of $277,536, won the 2019 NCHA Futurity Open Limited riding Sugar Smak LTE $50,197, owned by Bridget Trenary and sired by Kit Kat Sugar.
Tweezin My Brow LTE $52,914, owned by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., won the 2019 Non-Pro championships of the PCCHA Futurity and the West Texas Futurity with Ty Moore. The High Brow Cat daughter and Moore also placed third in the Non-Pro finals of the Arbuckle Mountain Derby, where Lloyd Cox showed Tweezin My Brow as a finalist in the Open. Cox had also shown her to place third in the finals of the PCCHA Futurity.
Bred by Glenn and Debbie Drake, out of Miss Stylish Pepto LTE $216,005, by Peptoboonsmal, Tweezin My Brow is a full sister to Cat Atat Cat LTE $242,665 and Miss Stylish Katz LTE $101,748.
This is the third reserve champion title for Twice In Santiago LTE $185,929, owned and bred by Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex. The Once In A Blu Boon daughter also claimed the reserve championship of the NCHA Open Futurity, as well as of the Arbuckle Mountain Derby under Adan Banuelos. Out of Twice As Reycy LTE $194,141, by Dual Rey, Twice In Santiago is a half-sister to Pedel To The Metall LTE $253,154, by Metallic Cat, and Reycy Moon LTE $209,363, by Cats Moonshine.


Cara Brewer and Metallic Rabbit win Classic Open Limited
Cara Brewer scored 223 points on her 5-year-old homebred Metallic Cat daughter, Metallic Rabbit LTE $29,671, to win the 2020 Cattlemens Open Limited.  Neil Roger, riding 6-year-old Metallic Jack LTE $150,781 for the Metallic Cat gelding’s breeders Lach and Jan Perks, earned reserve in the five-horse finals with 220 points. Brewer also scored 217 points on 5-year-old Our Little Hottie LTE $24,413, sired by Hottish and owned by Pete and Carol Woods, Blanchard, Okla., to tie for third with Armando Costa Neto and Bill Oreylly LTE $29,612. Sired by Dual Rey and bred by Filipe Barbosa, 6-year-old Bill Oreylly is owned by Fazenda Barrinha Ranch Weatherford, Tex.

Rollz Royce wins Cattlemen’s Classic
March 5, 2020 - Six-year-old Rollz Royce LTE $280,700, a leading money earner in 2018 and 2019, claimed his second 2020 championship, on Wednesday, March 4, with a 226-point win in the Cattlemen’s Open Classic.  It was the seventh major title for the Dual Smart Rey son trained and shown by Beau Galyean, for Tom Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss. Out of the unshown High Brow Cat daughter, Show Biz Kitty, Rollz Royce is a half-brother to 5-year-old Badboonarising LTE $284,580, reserve champion of the 2018 NCHA Open Futurity.

Lady Metallic LTE $39,049, shown by Grant Setnicka for Thomas Peterson, Seattle, Wash., claimed the reserve championship with 221.5 points. The 5-year-old Metallic Cat daughter came into the finals with the high cumulative go-round score of 443 points. Bred by Drummond Land & Cattle, Lady Metallic is out of a full sister to Moms Stylish Babe, dam of the earners of over $1.3 million, including Moms Stylish Player $408,233.
Cool N Hot LTE $364,489, the 2018 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, bred and owned by Paula Wood and shown by Kobie Wood, scored  220.5 points for third place. The Hottish-sired son won three major 2018 Open events with Kobie, including the NCHA Super Stakes. He has also claimed four major Non-Pro wins for Paula, including the 2019 and 2020 Abilene Spectacular. Out of Donas Cool Cat LTE $315,104, Cool N Hot is a half-brother to Donas Suen Boon LTE $425,911, Paula Wood’s 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion.


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By NCHA Press Release