Fancy Hughes & & Kenny PlattThe Brazos Celebration kicked off with an amazing set of finals on Sept. 28 in Weatherford, Texas, with 14 horse-and-rider groups contending for the Futurity Open Championship. The outstanding lineup gave it their best shot, however it was Fancy Hughes and Kenny Platt who triumphed.
Fancy Hughes and Platt, of Fort Lupton, Colo., who just recently took the Idaho Futurity Open Champion simply weeks before the Brazos Celebration, was available in hot to the finals after outstanding very first and second go-round efforts. They marked a rating of 219 in the very first go to co-lead in addition to Attamilliondollarcat and Craig Thompson, who won the Cotton Stakes Futurity Open Championship soon before Brazos. In the 2nd go, Platt and Fancy Hughes marked a 217 to earn a composite score of 436 to take the second slot moving into the finals.
With Platt and Fancy Hughes’ recent success under their belts, the anticipation amongst the crowd was apparent as they walked to the herd 10th in the draw. After the first nine duos, there was still room to take control of the lead, however Platt and the 3-year-old mare (Thomas E Hughes x Option Jewels x SR Instant Choice) quickly altered that. Their remarkable run was scored a 226, which was ample to take the Futurity Open title.
In Idaho, Platt and Fancy Hughes took home a paycheck worth $12,373 for their win. After their Brazos Celebration victory, they garnered a grand total amount of $23,000 for owners Reed and Sheryl McClymont, of Holdrege, Neb., who made the journey to Texas in order to see their homebred mare program.
The Futurity Open Reserve Champion went to DMAC Spicy Spoon and Overbrook, Okla., trainer James Payne. The duo marked a score of 220 to make $20,000. The 3-year-old mare (Hes A Peptospoonful x DMAC Kats Meow x Young Gun) was reproduced by David and Stacie McDavid, of Fort Worth, Texas, and is possessed by Kathleen Moore, of Madill, Okla
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