Summer Time Fun, ridden by James Payne, and Caution Piping Hot, ridden by R.L. Chartier, both marked 226 to share the win in the Open finals of the NCHA Derby at the Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular.
Veteran Jody Galyean placed third with a 223 on Exs N Ohhs, while Payne also took fourth place with a 221.5 on Stylish Hailee.
The co-champions each earned an estimated $32,344 share of the purse, while Summer Time Fun collected an additional $100,000 in the Metallic Cat Incentive. The $300,000 incentive program pays based on owners who held 2019 breeding contracts to Metallic Cat.
Payne, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider, and a three-time NCHA Classic Challenge winner, was notching up his first win in the NCHA Derby. His wife, Nadine, won the Non-Pro Derby on Blu Velvet just prior to the Open finals, making them the first couple ever to win Open and Non-Pro championships at the same NCHA Triple Crown event.
Summer Time Fun was bred by his owner, Ty Moore, 28, from Madill, Okla. The mare is by Metallic Cat out of Hey Georgy Girl. Hey Georgy Girl has produced earners of more than $450,000, including Let Georgie Do It, LTE $145,521.
On her way to the Derby, Summer Time Fun was a semi-finalist in the NCHA Futurity, reserve champion at The Non-Pro and The Open Cutting, and a finalist at the NCHA Super Stakes and the Breeders Invitational.
At the Derby, she put together scores of 221 / 216 / 221 to place second in the first round, seventh in the cumulative second round, and first in the semi-finals.
With her Derby win, her career earnings passed $75,000, which does not include the Metallic Cat Incentive.
Co-champion Caution Piping Hot is owned by Anderson Cattle Co of Victoria, Tex. The gelding was bred by Lisa Bankston of Fort Worth, Tex
In third place, Exs N Ohhs is a mare bred and owned by Barker Ranch of Madill, Okla. She is by Kit Kat Sugar out of Reycy Moon.
In fourth, Stylish Hailee is owned by Kathleen Moore, Ty Moore’s aunt, who purchased her for $35,000 at the 2017 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. Stylish Hailee is by Halreycious, out of Keep Me In Style.
Fun Fact #1: James and Nadine Payne are the first husband and wife to win an NCHA Triple Crown event in the same year. But Phil and Mary Ann Rapp won the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open (Phil on Dont Look Twice) and Super Stakes Non-Pro (Mary Ann on Arc Catmando) in 2010.
Fun Fact #2: Three of the top four horses in the 2019 NCHA Derby have owners from Madill, Oklahoma: Summer Time Fun (Ty Moore), Exs N Ohhs (Barker Ranch) and Stylish Hailee (Kathleen Moore).
Nadine Payne Wins NCHA Derby Non-Pro Title
Working ninth in the 11-horse first set of the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Finals, where 217 was the high score by four points, Nadine Payne and Blu Velvet, by Once In A Blue Boon, took control and served up a 221-point challenge. Langston Pattillo and Shesa Tuff Teaspoon, by Woody Be Tuff, came close with 220.5 points, deep in the second set, to earn the reserve championship, while Ty Moore and Scantly Clad, by Metallic Cat, placed third with 220 points.
Nadine Payne, the NCHA earner of $605,003, and Blu Velvet came into the NCHA Derby with $44,107 in 2019 earnings. Their win in the NCHA Derby brings their 2019 tally to $61,628.
Langston Pattillo came into the 2019 NCHA Summer Spectacular with official earnings of $310,846, has made the most of his entries during the show. He rode High Stylin CD LTE $224,218, by High Brow CD, to win the Classic Challenge Amateur Unlimited championship and the Amateur Unlimited Gelding division, and he also placed third with High Stylin CD in the Classic Challenge Non-Pro, and collected second-place money in the Non-Pro Gelding division. In addition, Pattillo also showed Zinging Some Reys LTE $9,783, by Stylin Cat, to place in the Derby Amateur Unlimited, and to collect money in the Amateur Unlimited division. Altogether during the NCHA Summer Spectacular, Pattillo collected $51,121, in estimated NCHA earnings.
Scantly Clad LTE $80,490 is out of Scoot A Lil Closer LTE $67,150, by Smart Lil Scoot.
Pedro Ornelas And The Kwack Shack Claim Derby Open Ltd.
Pedro Ornelas, riding The Kwack Shack for Anderson Cattle Company, Victoria, Tex., scored 222 points on Wednesday to win the Derby Open Limited championship, of the NCHA Summer Spectacular. Rodrigo Taboga was reserve champion with 220.5 points on Beau and Aslhey Galyean’s gelding The Dewd, and placed third with 218 points on Rocky Mountain Blues, owned by Selena Orchard Barbosa, Paso Robles, Calif.
The Kwack Shack LTE $46,302, by Spots Hot, was bred by PJ Cutters and purchased by Ornelas for Anderson Cattle Company
Rodrigo Taboga showed The Dewd, bred by Alvin Fults and sired by Metallic Cat, as an NCHA Futurity Semi-Finalist and to place third in the 28-horse Futurity Open Limited Finals.
Taboga’s third-placed mount, Rocky Mountain Blues LTE $23,109, was reserve champion of the Ike Hamilton Futurity Open Limited and placed fourth in the Open Intermediate Finals under Christian Miller, earlier this year, won the Bonanza Open Limited and Open Novice. The Smooth As A Cat son, bred by Group J, is a full brother to Smooth Strategy LTE $129,737, and out of Diva N Denim, an unshown full sister to Boon A Little LTE $118,405, Absolutely Stunning LTE $106,787, and Wild Thing DNA $94,561, as well as a three-quarter brother to Im Countin Checks LTE $509,642.