Lance Cooper wins Cattlemen’s Derby
On Sunday, March 8, riding Wiskeemakesmefriskee LTE $28,547, by Smooth As A Cat, Lance Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., scored 219.5 points to win the Cattlemen’s 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Derby. Ryan Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., scored 219 on Too Suen To Drive LTE $18,048, by Boon Too Suen, for the reserve championship, while Brad Wilson, Lone Grove, Okla., aboard Sumkinda Kitkat LTE $5,497, by Kit Kat Sugar, placed third with 218.
Lance Cooper, 19, the NCHA earner of $247,524 has won 20 NCHA limited age finals, as well as NYCHA events. In 2017, he won the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited riding Zen And Tonic LTE $133,638, by High Brow CD. The Cattlemen’s Derby is his third win in 2020 aboard Wiskeemakesmefriskee. The pair also won Non-Pro championships in the Abilene Spectacular and the Arbuckle Mountain Derby.
Wiskeemakesmefriskee was bred by Michael and Jennifer Cooper out of Justa Lil Freck LTE $113,253, by Bobs Freckle, and is a three-quarter brother to Wendels Little Missy LTE $158,117.
Ryan Rapp, the NCHA earner of $378,545, as well as an NYCHA Senior Youth competitor, showed Too Suen To Drive as a finalist in the 2019 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. He also rode Hows Your Memorey LTE $57,065, by High Brow CD, to win the 2019 PCCHA Non-Pro Stakes, and placed sixth in the 2019 NYCHA Senior Youth World Finals riding Im Reydioactive LTE $170,442, by Dual Rey.
Too Suen To Drive was bred by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, out of Tuned Up To Drive LTE $124,157, the Hydrive Cat daughter who Mary Ann Rapp showed as reserve champion of the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. Too Suen To Drive and 4-year-old Tuff Drivin LTE $4,736, by Woody Be Tuff, are Tuned Up To Drive’s first performers.
Brad Wilson, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $603,734, was a 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro finalist riding Milly Vanilly LTE $37,139, by Halreycious. Showing Sumkinda Kitkat earlier this year, he placed fifth in the Arbuckle Mountain Derby. Sumkinda Kitkat, a half-sister to Some Sweet Checks LTE $95,978, is out of Some Kinda Sweety LTE $134,193, half-sister to Some Kinda Highbrow LTE $487,412.