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☛ Metallic Cat big winner at NCHA Summer Spectacular 8-7-17

AUSTIN SHEPARD RIDES SIR LONG LEGS LAST TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE NCHA SUMMER SPECTACULAR DERBY 

 

PAULA WOOD TAKES NON PRO AND METALLIC CAT IS LEADING SIRE OF BOTH OPEN AND NON-PRO

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 7, 2017

As the last cutter to show in the NCHA Summer Spectacular Open Derby finals, Austin Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., rode Sir Long Legs, the only offspring of High Brow Cat in the finals, out of Lil Lena Long Legs, to a whopping 229 to take the Open Championship.  The pair earned an estimated check of $41,097 for owner Lew Hall, Lakeland, Fla., at the finals held Sunday, Aug. 7.

The Non Pro finals was won by Paula Wood, Stephenville, Texas, riding Suen Too Be Black (BoonToo Suen x Chinas Blue Boon), owned by her husband Kobie. The pair scored a 219.5 for an estimated $18,545 paycheck.

However, the big story of this year’s event was the complete domination Metallic Cat as the leading sire of finalists – even though neither the Open nor Non-Pro champions were sired by High Brow Cat. Metallic Cat sired nine (9) Open finalists, winning 41 percent of the Open purse – $165,348 to be exact – or 46 percent of the Open purse of $359,205. Only one other sire had more than one finalist and that was Spots Hot with two (2.)

In fact, in the Open, of the first 10 horses that placed, five, or 50 percent of those horses were sired by Metallic Cat.

Other stallions represented in the Open finals included Spots Hot with two finalists, and Highbrow Cat, Hickorys Indian Pep,Dual Smart Rey, Dual Rey, OneTIme Pepto, Woody Be Tuff, Smooth As A Cat, Hydrive Cat, High Brow CD and Bet Hesa Cat, each siring one.

In the Non-Pro competition, Metallic Cat had six finalists earning $61,521 of the $186,472 total purse, or 33 percent. Two other sires had more than one finalist and they included Dual Rey with 4 earning $34,670 and Smooth As A Cat with 3 earning $18,186. Other sires represented in the Non-Pro finals included High Brow CD, Dual Smart Rey, Hydrive Cat,  Thomas E Hughes, WR This Cats Smart, CD Royal and Jazarell Cat.

Of the top 10 Non-Pro horses that showed, four were sired by Metallic Cat.

Altogether, Metallic Cat had 15 finalists in the Open and Non-Pro, taking home $226,869, or 42 percent of the total purse of $545,677 paid out in the two finals.

The leading money-earning rider was Matt Miller, who finished as Reserve Champion in the Open riding Metallic Smart Cat for $36,227 and sixth on Lou Lou Louise, earning $23,388 – for a total of $59,615. Second was Shepard, with his $41,097 for the championship riding Sir Long Legs and Tap This, finishing in a tie for 12th, taking home an additional $12,073 for a total of $53,170.

NCHA Summer spec Open results

Non-Pro Derby results

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