The field of 190 Open Level 4 riders at the 2015 National Reining Breeders Classic was cut to the top 33 following the second section of preliminary competition that came to a close Thursday evening.
The NRBC pays big money in the preliminary round, and Casey Deary of Weatherford, Texas, piloted Magnum Starlights to the high score – a 224.5. The NRBC is known for big purses that are distributed at the event. That meant that during the Cardinal Reining Horses Open Draw Party, Deary and owners Antler Ridge Ranch were presented with a check for $14,221! Magnum Starlights, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Starlights Sugarwhiz, is a 4-year-old stallion. He already has an impressive resume, including an Open win at the High Roller Reining Classic Futurity in 2014. His sire, NRHA $2 million sire Magnum Chic Dream, earned million dollar sire status at the 2010 show. With approximately $90,000 left to reach the $3 million mark (before any money earned at the NRBC is factored in), it is likely that he will surpass that milestone at this event.
Former NRBC Champion Tom McCutcheon finished second in the preliminary round on Turnabout Farm Inc.’s 5-year-old gelding The Wizster with a 222.5, good for $9,424. The Wizster is by Gallo Del Cielo out of Miss Whizard Jac.
Rounding out the top three of the Open Level 4 and topping the Open Levels 3 and 2 is Joao Felipe Lacerda and Gunner Dun It Again with a 221.5. Owned by Paulo Tripoloni, Gunner Dun It Again is by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Dun Its Déjà vu. The 4-year-old stallion was flown in from Brazil to compete in Katy at the NRBC, and between the three levels of eligibility has won $12,355. Chexmart, ridden by Saar Ben Hamo for owner Connie Jordan, topped the Level 1 Open preliminary round with a 215.5, earning $1,121. Chexmart, by Smart Like Juice out of Peppy Tuff Chex, will also compete in the finals for Open Levels 3 and 2. Riding Taking A Rest for Wagman Ranch Inc., Duane Latimer took top honors in the Prime Time division with a score of 220, worth $650. Taking A Rest is by Smart Spook out of Plenty Of Rest.
A 218 was the magical number Level 4 for finals hopefuls, and Intermediate Open riders were shooting for a 215. It took a 213.5 to make it back for the Limited Open finals, and the bubble score in the Open Level 1 was a 204.5. The Open Prime Time cutoff, with handicaps figured in, was a 211.5. The 2015 NRBC Open Finals begin Saturday, April 18, at11am, with the 33 Open Level 4 finalists competing at 5pm.
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