Reserve Derby champion Metallic Smart Cat LTE $42,086, by Metallic Cat, was bred by his owner, Cynthia Villa, out of Smart Jerri Lee LTE $52,721, by Smart Little Jerry, and is a three-quarter brother to Smoothlee As A Cat LTE $54,765, by Smooth As A Cat. Matt Miller showed Metallic Smart Cat as a semi-finalist in the NCHA Futurity, and most notably placed third in the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Open Finals, as well as second in the Arbuckle 4-Year-Old Open Gelding and Novice divisions.
Matt Miller, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with earning of $2.9 million, also scored 221.5 points to place sixth in the NCHA Derby Finals on Lou Lou Louise, owned by Lannie Louise Mecom, Avondale, Colo.
Pharoah And James, owned and bred by David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex., earned his first paycheck as an NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist under Clint Allen. Since then, Allen and the gelded son of Hickorys Indian Pep have been finalists in nine major events, including the NCHA Super Stakes, and the Bonanza, where they placed third.
Out of Wise Little Miss LTE $72,567, by Wise Play, Pharoah And James is a full brother to DMAC Wise Guy LTE $73,451, also bred and owned by the McDavids, who own the sire Hickory Indian Pep. In 2016, Stacie McDavid showed DMAC Wise Guy to place second in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Gelding division, and to win the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Senior title.
Clint Allen, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and earner of $4.5 million, won the 2009 NCHA Derby and NCHA Super Stakes on Wood I Never LTE $356,137. He was also reserve champion of the 2006 NCHA Futurity on Hydrive Cat LTE $410,627.
Hashtags LTE $179,446, by Metallic Cat and out of Dual Rey Tag, by Dual Rey, was champion of the NCHA Open Super Stakes with Tatum Rice. His second dam, Playin Tag LTE $220,949, by Playgun, was Open champion of the 2004 NCHA Super Stakes.
Tatum Rice, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with $1.5 million in earnings, placed third in the 2013 NCHA Open Futurity aboard Johnny Reyngo and eighth in 2016 on Hashtags.