Kit Kat Sugar NCHA Super Stakes Open Finals

Catolena Cashin In, ridden by Tarin Rice Catolena Cashin In, ridden by Tarin Rice Photos by Suzanne Sylvester Photo - courtesy of NCHA

Super win for Catolena Cashin In
Catolena Cashin In, ridden by Tarin Rice for Joel Colgrove of Boligee, Ala., scored 230 to win the Kit Kat Sugar NCHA Super Stakes 4-Year-Old Open in Fort Worth on Saturday, April 17. It was the 40th edition of the second leg of the NCHA Triple Crown, which had been interrupted last year by Covid-19. The winning score was the second highest in Super Stakes history, with Rice tying his father, Boyd’s mark in 2009 on Third Cutting. Sunettes Dually established the record of 231 in 2001 with Matt Gaines.

Tarin Rice, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,664,335, has now won each of the Triple Crown events. He won the NCHA Futurity in 2012 on He Bea Cat, and the NCHA Derby in 2014 on Miss Callie Cat.
Catolena Cashin In’s win was worth $59,944. Morgan Cromer and Beau Galyean split the reserve championship of the 2021 Super Stakes with 224.5 points on Just U N Me Baby and Sueper Hot, respectively. They each received $49,008.
Catolena Cashin In LTE $143,784 and Rice placed in the finals of the NCHA Futurity (16th) and the 2021 Abilene Spectacular (9th), and went on to win the Ike Derby with 226.5 points and to claim the Arbuckle Mountain Derby reserve championship with 227.5 points.
Bred by Joel Colgrove, Catolena Cashin In is out of Dual Catolena LTE $37,917, a full sister to Cats Dual Olena LTE $97,174, among earners of $367,852 out of DPS Lenas Lucinda LTE $70,987, by Dual Pep. Dual Catolena has also produced Catn Bluez LTE $24,096 and Catolena Express LTE $19,752.
Colgrove, who won the Unlimited Amateur championship at the the 2014 NCHA Futurity on One Catty Cupid, has also owned major event Open champions Sweet Baby Marie (Southern Futurity and Idaho Futurity) and One Catty Cupid (Cotton Stakes). His granddaughters, Madalyn and Blakley, have won a combined nine major titles showing his horses.
Just U N Me Baby LTE $104,437, is bred and owned by Bobbie Kay Davis of Templeton, Cal., by Metallic Cat out of Wood U N Me Baby LTE $179,292, a full sister to Woodys Baby LTE $405,332. Davis showed Just U N Me Baby as the Amateur reserve champion of the NCHA Futurity.
Morgan Cromer, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,636,731, won the NCHA Super Stakes Classic in 2016 on Maid Of Metal. She’s a four-time champion of the Pacific Coast Futurity, on Bearly Nuf Taz (2008), Faye Reys Sis (2011), Chickaroos Firefox (2014), and Moon Cat CD (2017).
Cromer also showed Catty Look and Catalic in the 5-year-old Super Stakes Finals, and Hotty Mc Hotty in the 6/7-year-old division.
Sueper Hot LTE $106,819 is bred and owned by Dotte St. Clair Hill of Glen Rose, Tex. by Hottish out of Sueper Kitty LTE $123,311, a daughter of $1.5 million producer Meradas Little Sue. Sueper Kitty placed third in the NCHA Futurity, ridden by R.L. Chartier for Gary and Karen Fields, in 2014, the year that Hill’s mare Classy CD Cat won with Phil Hanson.
Sueper Hot, who also earned $6,148 as the champion gelding, placed 10th in the NCHA Futurity with Galyean on his way to the finals of the Abilene Spectacular and Arbuckle Mountain Futurity.
Beau Galyean is the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $4,606,062. He won the 2008 NCHA Futurity on Metallic Cat, and he’s notched up a record three NCHA Super Stakes Classic championships, on Metallic Rebel (2017), Stevie Rey Von (2018) and Rollz Royce (2019).

Dr Sueish, ridden by Kenny Platt

Dr Sueish claims 5-Year-Old Open championship
Dr Sueish LTE $135,490, a Hottish gelding shown by Kenny Platt for Robert Tregemba, Castle Rock, Colo., scored 229 points to win the 2021 NCHA Kit Kat Sugar 5-Year-Old Open championship and the $49,000 winner’s purse. Sugarlesss LTE $81,026, a Kit Kat Sugar gelding owned and bred by Russ and Janet Westfall, Granbury, Tex., scored 223 points under Russ for the reserve championship and $42,923. Pink Metallic LTE $52,555, a Metallic Cat daughter ridden by RL Chartier for Anderson Cattle Co., Victoria, Tex., posted 222 points for third place and $36,845.
On the first day, March 25, of the 2021 NCHA Super Stakes, Dr Sueish posted 223 points to tie with the high qualifying score going into the second go-round. He then qualified for the Semi-Finals with the top cumulative score of 442.5 points, and the rest is history.
Dr Sueish’s score ranks second among those earned by other 5/6-Year-Old champions in the 34-year history of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic. Stevie Rey Von, ridden by Beau Galyean in 2018, owns the high score of 231 points, while Metallic Rebel, shown by Galyean in 2017, and Dr Sueish are tied with 229.
Platt and Dr Sueish missed qualifying for both the 2019 NCHA Futurity and the 2020 NCHA Derby by one-half of a point in the Semi-Finals. But they went on to place fifth in the 2020 Arbuckle Mountain Derby and the 2020 Brazos Bash, and last month, they claimed third in the 2021 Cattlemen’s Classic.
Bred by Bambi Gress, Ennis, Mont, Dr Sueish is the first money earner out of the WR This Cats Smart daughter Sues So Smart LTE $113,652, a half-sister to Boon Too Suen LTE $250,368, among the earners of over $1.5 million out of Meradas Little Sue LTE $670,098, by Freckles Merada.
Kenny Platt, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1.9 million, won the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes and the 2016 NCHA Derby with 228 points on Moms Stylish Player LTE $411,889. He also showed the Lizzys Gotta Player gelding, owned by Robert Tregemba, to placed second in the 2019 NCHA Open World standings.
Russ and Janet Westfall will each will take reserve champion trophies home from the Super Stakes, thanks to Sugarlesss. In addition to his performance with Russ in the 5-Year-Old Open, he carried Janet to claim reserve in the Intermediate Non-Pro Finals on Thursday April 8.
Sugarlesss was bred by the Westfalls out of Lil Bit Reckless LTE $231,124, by CD Royal LTE $158,357. Janet showed CD Royal as reserve champion of the 2000 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity and to place fifth in the 2001 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes.
This is the third NCHA Super Stakes Open reserve championship for Russ Westfall, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,466,743. He also claimed reserve with Jeeps Posi Action LTE $332,058, in 2004, and with Smart Like Dusty LTE $174,024, in 2001.

Hiss N Vinegar, ridden by Geoffrey Sheehan

Hiss N Vinegar just the formula for 6/7 win
Hiss N Vinegar LTE $227,674, a 6-year-old Dual Smart Rey daughter shown by Geoffrey Sheehan for Jeffrey and Jennifer Foland, Weatherford, Tex., scored 228 points in the finals of the 2021 NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Open Super Stakes to claim the championship and winner’s purse of $22,981. Miss Lacey LTE $65,496, a 7-year-old Kit Kat Sugar daughter shown by Michael Cooper for Pattillo Cutting Horses, St. Elmo, Ill., scored 225 for the reserve championship. Steel Betty LTE $128,094, a 7-year-old Metallic Cat daughter, shown by Monty Buntin for Ravi Tumber, Winters, Calif., scored 223.5 points for third place and $17,738.
This is the second NCHA Super Stakes win for Hiss N Vinegar, who won the 4-Year-Old Open in 2019 under Phil Hanson, who had shown her to place seventh in the NCHA Futurity. Jennifer Foland, who has shown Hiss N Vinegar successfully in Non-Pro limited age events, also showed her on Friday, April 16, as a 6/7 Non-Pro finalist.
Hiss N Vinegar was bred by the Folands out of the High Brow Cat daughter Hissy Cat LTE $307,099, who was an NCHA Futurity, Super Stakes and Derby Open finalist under Darren Simpkins, and as an Amateur and Non-Pro finalist, including as 2008 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur champion, for Jennifer Foland. Hissy Cat is the dam of earners of over $1.2 million, including Hiss N Vinegar’s three-quarter brother Johnny Reyngo LTE $199,470, by Dual Rey.
Geoffrey Sheehan, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,608,447, is a 12-times NCHA Super Stakes finalist, including in 2016, when he placed third on 4-year-old Cromed Out Cat LTE $246,639, owned by Beechfork Ranch.
Miss Lacey has won three championships with Langston Pattillo, including the 2020 NCHA Non-Pro Classic/Challenge, the 2020 Bonanza Unlimited Amateur Classic, and the 2020 Brazos Bash Unlimited Amateur Classic. Bred by Jon and Traci Burgess, Miss Lacey is out of the unshown Smart Little Lena daughter Smart Gemolena, and is a half-sister to Im On A Safari LTE $205,416.
Michael Cooper, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $3.9 million, is a 12-times NCHA Super Stakes Open finalist.
Steel Betty was an impressive finalist in 2020, with a win and reserve under Monty Buntin in the 2020 El Rancho Futurity 5/6 Open and the Utah Futurity 5/6 Open.  She also carried her owner Ravi Tumber as champion of the PCCHA 5/6 Amateur Futurity, and the PCCHA Intermediate Amateur 5/6 Futurity.
Bred by Linda Holmes, Steel Betty is out of the Stylish Rey daughter Betty Greyble LTE $50,156, a half-sister out of High Brows Nurse LTE $134,445, dam of earners of $715,344, including Nurse Nellie LTE $156, 156, by Dual Rey, and Nurse Gary LTE $93,188, by Grays Starlight, both also producers of NCHA money earners.
Monty Buntin, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $1.5 million, won the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Limited Open aboard High Brow Jackson LTE $251,348, who he also showed as reserve champion of the NCHA Futurity Limited Open reserve champion.

By NCHA Press Release