During the first section of the Open preliminary round of the 2022 6666 National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel, 108 of the 290 total entries stopped, slid and circled for a chance to advance to the finals. The clean-slate Finals will be held Saturday, June 25, in the Jim Norick Arena of the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, and the Level 4 Open Champion will be presented a guaranteed first-place check of $75,000.
For the second year in a row, the Level 3 Open Champion will take home $35,000, the Level 2, $20,000, and the Level 1, $10,000.
The preliminary rounds are spread across three days and wrap up Wednesday afternoon. The current high scores across the divisions of the Open preliminaries are:
Level 4 – Casey Deary & Americasnexttopgun (Walla Walla Whiz x Americasnextgunmodel) – 223.5
Level 3 & 2 – Jared Leclair & Makendiamonds (Whizken N Diamonds x Makeit In Tinseltown) – 221
Level 1 – Haley Franc & J Jameson (Star Spangled Whiz x Lime A Rita) – 217
Level 1 – Dalton Vicar & Alpha Black (Wimpy Chic x Chexanicki) – 217
Running concurrently with the Open preliminaries are the $40,000-added Tamarack Ranch Open 4-Year-Old Stakes and the Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Open Novice Horse Derby. Currently leading the Tamarack Ranch Open Stakes and the Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Novice Horse Open Derby, which, along with the Prime Time, will be awarded following the third section of the preliminary round on Wednesday, are:
Tamarack Ranch Open Stakes – Jason Vanlandingham & Excessive Rufness (Not Ruf At All x Smokin Lady Gunner)
Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Open Novice Horse Derby – Brandon Brant & Dainty Little Spook (Smart Spook x Dainty Little Step)
Open Prime Time – Duane Latimer & Hesa Rockin Whiz (Topsail Whiz x A Bueno Poco Dunit) – 222 (includes handicap)
The Open preliminaries run through Wednesday, June 22. The top 30 in the Open Levels 4-1 will advance to the clean-slate finals on Saturday. The draw for the finals will be decided during the Platinum Performance Open Draw Party on Friday at 10 a.m.
For complete results and other information, visit NRHADerby.com.