Super Stakes Amateur Begins
Another top day for Stacie McDavid
Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex., scored 219 points with the Metallic Cat gelding DMAC Kodiak on Wednesday, to top the first day of NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes Amateur/Amateur Unlimited competition. Isidro Sigala, Weatherford, Tex., and Robert Thigpen, Chilton, Tex., tied with 217.5 points, the second-highest mark of the day, riding Sweet Dark Venum, by Sigala Rey, and Metallic Rita, by Metallic Cat, respectively.
On Tuesday, showing DMAC Piccolo Pete, McDavid had scored 219 points, the third-highest advancing score to Friday’s Amateur Unlimited Classic Semi-Finals. The NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $990,971 and a past NCHA Super Stakes Amateur winner, in addition to DMAC Piccolo Pete LTE $147,672, McDavid also qualified for the Amateur Classic Semi-Finals with DMAC Bellini Martini LTE $58,907 and Pharoah And James $109,604.
Stacie and her husband David McDavid also own DMAC Doggfather LTE $68,223, who Clint Allen showed as a finalist in the in the Super Stakes Open Finals on Saturday, April 6. Additionally, David McDavid qualified for Friday’s Amateur Unlimited Semi-Finals aboard Pharrel LTE $65,340, by Metallic Cat.
Isisdro Sigala, the NCHA earner of $299,631, won last year’s Unlimited Amateur NCHA Derby on Safari Smooth Cat. He placed third in the 2018 Unlimited Amateur NCHA Super Stakes riding See Ya At Cadillacs who
he qualified for Friday’s Amateur/Amateur Unlimited Semi-Finals .
Sweet Dark Venum, bred by Jose Ignacio Sigala out of Starsredfeather LTE $36,738, is a full sister to Secreytariat LTE $44,850..
Robert Thigpen, the NCHA earner of $182,595, first showed Metallic Rita LTE $18,023 as a finalist in the 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur and a semi-finalist in the Amateur Unlimited. Grant Setnicka also showed the Metallic Cat daughter as a finalist in the 2019 Abilene Spectacular, while Thigpen placed seventh with Looks Metallic LTE $15,631, by Metallic Cat, in the 2019 Cattlemen’s Derby Amateur Finals and as reserve El Ranch Futurity 3-Year-Old champion.
Thigpen bred Metallic Rita out of the Little Pat Uno daughter Pats Little Senorita LTE $31,801, who he showed in the 2006 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Finals. Metallic Rita and Ruby Rita LTE $72,926 are full sisters. Grant Setnicka showed Ruby Rita to place sixth in the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Open Finals and to earn first-place money in the Open Novice division.