Californian cutters were celebrating last night after Morgan Cromer’s victory in the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic final at Fort Worth, Tx.
Morgan rode Maid of Metal and marked a 223 after being second out in the first herd.
Overjoyed with her win, it was Morgan’s first major title in the famed Will Rogers Coliseum, where she picked up almost $65,000 for the win.
Maid of Metal, a 5-yr-old by Metallic Cat, is owned by Judy Siebel, (also from California) and has now won more than $100,000.
Morgan, who recently earned the nickname, California Chrome, had two other horses make it to the finals, Little Dirty Deeds and TF High Chex CD, with her total earnings for the night coming to approximately $82,000.
She told CHTO’s Simone Cobb she was climbing the fence with nerves when watching the rest of the competitors, especially when John Mitchell put in a strong performance 3rd from last on CR Tuff Lucy.
John Mitchell and CR Tuff Lucy placed second just behind Morgan with a 222.5, while James Payne came in third on Cherry Peppers, scoring 220.5.
In just three months this year, Morgan’s earnings have totaled around $180,000. She says she plans to continue that momentum.
It was a full field of 29 competitors, with total prize money just shy of $465,000. The winner pocketed an extra $25,000 thanks to sponsor Alvin Fults, who owns the sire Metallic Cat. Both final winners of the Super Stakes thus far have been by Metallic Cat.