Bonanza Open Derby
Hit Tha Flo turns the tide in Bonanza 4-Year-Old Finals
Hit Tha Flo and owner-rider Matt Miller scored a 221.5-point win on Monday, February 17, as last to show in the 27-horse Bonanza Open 4-Year-Old Finals. The win was worth $23,677 for the Dual Smart Rey-sired colt, who also earned $5,510, as the high-scoring $25,000 Novice Open 4-Year-Old entry.
Sanctus, a High Brow Cat colt owned by Scott Durham and shown by Rodrigo Taboga, earned the reserve title and $18,941 with 221 points. Beau Galyean showed Buonvino, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Billy Wolf, to place third with 220.5 and collect $16,574. Buonvino also earned $4,408 with the second-highest score in the $25,000 Novice Open, and $2,652 as the high-scoring Gelding, as well as the APHA 4-Year-Old Chrome Award of $1,550.
Bred by Lannie Louise Mecom, Hit Tha Flo was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro semi-finalist with Megan Miller. Her dam, Miss Woody Two Shoes LTE $136,250, by High Brow Cat, is a full sister to Woodys Wildest Cat LTE $342,510, one of 19 money earners of over $1.3 million out of Miss Echo Wood, by Doctor Wood.
Sanctus LTE $25,019 won the Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Futurity Open Limited in January, with 226 points under Rodrigo Taboga. The sorrel stallion, bred by Isidro Sigala, is out of the Dual Rey daughter Sophie Rey LTE $148,557, the dam of eight NCHA money earners.
Buonvino LTE $25,183, out of Never Reylinquish LTE $84,709, by Dual Rey, came into the Bonanza after claiming the Ike Hamilton Futurity Open reserve championship under Galyean, as well as top money in Open Gelding and Novice divisions. The pair also placed in the 2020 Abilene Spectacular Open (13th).
USS Tucker, shown by Steve Oehlholf for Sweet Blessings Ranch LLC, scored 222 points to win the 2020 Bonanza 5/6 Intermediate Open Finals, where Bill Oreylly, with Armando Costa Neto for Fazenda Barrinha Corp., placed second with 221 points.
Sired by Dual Smart Rey, 6-year-old USS Tucker LTE $39,308 won the 2019 PCCHA Derby Amateur Unlimited Classic with Cristy Erickson, and also earned money in the 2020 Bonanza Open Novice and Open Gelding divisions with Jonathon Rogers.
Six-year-old Dual Rey gelding Bill Oreylly LTE $27,538, a 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro semi-finalist with Armando Costa Neto, also placed seventh with Costa Neto in the 2020 Bonanza Open Finals. In addition Costa Neto placed second on Shady Lil Smooth, owned by Fazenda Barrinha Corp., in the 2020 Bonanza 4-Year-Old Intermediate Finals, which was won by Lil Miss Jackson, shown by Jody Galyean for Thomas Humphreville.
Lil Miss Jackson LTE $11,398 earned $10,198 for her 216-point win. Earlier in February she placed in the Ike Hamilton Futurity Open Limited with Alex Morris. Sired by Dual Rey, Lil Miss Jackson is out of Lil Jackson Cat LTE $118,714.
The APHA Chrome Award is a new program in 2020 created by the American Paint Horse Association to reward Paint horses in NCHA and NRCHA limited age events and to encourage owners who might not be aware their horse might be eligible for APHA registration. For more information contact apha.com