At the end of the first round of the Open Classic of the 2015 Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes, Adan Banuelos and Quick To Dual led the field of the 5-and-6-year-old horses with a score of 221.
“Those cows in there have been tough,” Banuelos said of Friday’s herds. “We cut some good cows which hasn’t been easy to do, and she performed the way she was supposed to. The last cow we cut with nearly 30 seconds on the clock. She kept her feel all the way through the run for me. A lot of horses, right at the end, will start giving out a bit but she kept on going.”
Quick To Dual (Dual Rey x Slick Quick Cat x High Brow Cat) is a 6-year-old mare bred by Lonnie and Barbara Allsup. The mare sold as a late 2-year-old to Jayme Toledo De Resende, Granbury, Texas. According to NCHA records, Quick To Dual arrived at the Super Stakes with $58,937 earned.
Started by Geoffrey “Spud” Sheehan who made the finals of the Cattlemen’s Derby on the mare, Quick To Dual went on to win the 2013 Brazos Bash Derby Open with Jason Clark. Owned by Brazilian native Jayme Toldeo De Resende, Quick To Dual is now in training with Granbury’s Banuelos.
“Spud did a great job of putting a nice foundation on this horse, and Jason continued building that great foundation,” Adan said. “She’s a real gritty mare with a lot of heart. She’s just a really good horse.”
Quick To Dual’s sire, Dual Rey, is one of the cutting industry’s leading sires with offspring that have won more than $26 million. His highest money earners are Rey Down Sally ($404,170), Reys Desire ($393,766) and Special Nu Baby ($356,204). The dam, Slick Quick Cat earned $42,030 in the cutting pen, and she has four performing offspring that have won $78,453 in NCHA money. Quick To Dual is her most successful foal.
Three horses finished the first go-round of the Open Classic with 220-point scores: Cat Sheree (High Brow CD x Nurse Sheree x Peptoboonsmal) and Austin Shepard, Summerdale, Ala.; Desires Little Kitty (High Brow Cat x Desire Some Freckles x Freckles Playboy) and Matt Miller, Poolville, Texas; and Little Dirty Deeds (High Brow CD x Dirty Little Dancer x Dual Pep) and Morgan Cromer, Templeton, Calif.
A total of 218 cutters were entered in the Open Classic. It required a 214.5 to progress to the second round, which takes place Sat., March 28.