The Cotton Stakes in West Monroe, La., concluded its eight day slate on Sunday, September 10, after crowning triple Futurity Open champions. A Wild Cat, with Dell Bell; La Bets Cash, under Austin Shepard; and Seven S Blue Rey, shown by Boyd Rice, all earned the top score of 219 points and $9,000, in the finals of the Cotton Stakes Open Futurity.
A Little Wild Cat LTE $10,411 also won the Cotton Stakes Futurity Open Limited. The Boon A Little daughter is owned by Lisa Crossen, Era, Tex., who showed her dam, Wild Cat Girl LTE $28,582, to win the amateur division of The Non-Pro Classic and the Arbuckle Mountain Classic in 2015.
La Bets Cash LTE 10,681 was also the Cotton Stakes Futurity Open Gelding co-champion. Owned by Les Ammons, Foley, Ala., the gelded son of Bet Hesa Cat is out of Hollys Holy Cash LTE $99,946 and a half-brother to Dontreynonmyparadesf LTE $46,157.
Seven S Blue Rey LTE $14,005, also the Cotton Stakes Futurity Open Gelding co-champion, is owned by Mike Gregory, Rociada, NM. The Stylish Rey gelding previously placed as an open finalist in the West Texas Futurity and Gelding division under Tarin Rice. Boyd Rice, who showed Seven S Blue Rey, also placed fourth with 218 points in the Cotton Stakes Futurity.
Rider Lloyd Cox claimed the Cotton Stakes Open Derby with a 222-point championship win, worth $10,000, on Sweat Son LTE $38,415, also the Cotton Stakes Open Gelding champion, owned by Nick VandeSteeg, Santa Ynez, Calif. Cox also claimed the 221.5-point reserve championship on Second Spot LTE $241,874, the 2016 NCHA Futurity Open champion, owned by Barker Ranch, Madill, Okla., and tied with 219 points for fourth place on Nothing Elz Matters $73,087, the Bonanza 4-Year-Old champion, owned by David Puryear, Byromville, Ga. Altogether, Cox’s mounts earned $24,350, or 48 percent of the purse, in the Cotton Stakes Open Derby Finals, alone.
Cattys Hope LTE $192,717, owned by Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., winner of the Abilene Spectacular with Michael Cooper, placed third with 220.5 points in the Cotton Stakes Open Derby under Cooper.
Chromed Out Cat LTE $13,137, sired by High Brow Cat and shown by Geoffrey Sheehan for Beechfork Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., scored 224 points to claim the Cotton Stakes Classic Open championship and $9,000. Luck Xury LTE $42,274, by Im Countin Checks and shown by Bradey Davis for Lindy Wells, Madisonville, Tex., scored 221.5 points for reserve, while Tommies Playgirl LTE $75,853, sired by Thomas E Hughes and shown for Vick Etheridge, Corinth, Miss., by Steve Oehlhof, placed third with 220 points.
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