Matt Miller, Poolville, Texas, led the pack on Thursday, March 26, when he and Desires Kitty Cat marked a 220 in the first go of the Open Classic at the 2015 Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes. The High Brow Cat mare, owned by Rockin 5 Ranch, Fairhope, Ala., made her debut as a 3-year-old with Miller when the two made the Open finals of the NCHA Futurity in 2013. They have since earned approximately $86,000, which includes a strong finish in last year’s NCHA Super Stakes Open finals.
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Desire Kitty Cat’s dam, Desire Some Freckles, was the 2001 NCHA Classic Challenge Open Champion with Sam Shepard and has gone on to produce earners of more than $1 million. Her top two money earners, Thundercat and Desires Little Rex, have both earned approximately $300,000. The mare is also still owned by Rockin 5’s Arthur Corte.
Other top scores of the first day of the Open first go included a 219 for James Payne and SLR This Kats Kual and a 218.5 from last year’s Open Super Stakes Classic Champions, Skip Queen and TGI Playtime. Casey Green and The Cuteness matched that score, followed by John Sanislow and Cha Ching And Chang that cut to a 218 yesterday.