Matt Gaines and Special Nu Baby (Dual Rey x Nu I Wood) owned by Barker Ranch LLC., knew they had a tough draw being last to work in the seven horse finals and when Matt’s wife Tara handed him the reins he told her he didn’t think he had the cows left to win on. As it turns out, “Baby” proved once again that she doesn’t need “cows to win on”, and like Matt told us afterwards, she just needs him to “cut cows that won’t take them out of the cutting”! This quick-thinking little powerhouse of a mare faced the challenge ahead and never looked back. When the clock ran out on this exciting run the announcer, Danny Moore had to shout out over the noise from the crowd to let Matt know he was done and when the 230 score came up on the board the crowd got even louder. FULL ARTICLE
Matt and “Baby” made history again by being the only Open horse & rider to qualify for all eight of the Mercuria Finals in one year with last night’s win being his fourth Mercuria Championship in a row to go along with the first one in San Antonio earlier this year and the Reserve Championship in Calgary a few months ago. In total they have racked up a little over $66,000 in Mercuria earnings alone and giving him total Open earnings of somewhere around $115,000 for the year. Matt has a huge lead in the Open standings and has already secured the Open Championship but they have one more goal in their sights which is the record held by Pete Branch and Ms Peppy Cat for the most money ever won in the Open in one year which stands at $131,516 set back in 2008 BEFORE the Mercuria World Series of Cutting format was implemented.
Matt said they will go home and get rested up before heading to the Southern Cutting Futurity and possibly some of the Batesville cuttings. Matt also wanted to give a shout out to all his help that have helped them along the way and especially his wife Tara who has had "Baby" ready for him all year and taken such great care of her and keeping her feeling good. On an interesting little side note Matt Gaines was also the original trainer on second placed horse Cat Black I and 4th place horse Meradas Chula.
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