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Cyndi Cat and Mike Wood win PCCHA Mercuria Derby Open

Sally Harrison – June 14th, 2015
Cyndi Cat

Cyndi Cat wins PCCHA Derby Mercuria Open
(photo by Midge Ames)

Cyndi Cat, shown by Mike Wood for Dr. Gerald Dorros, Wilson, Wyo., nailed a 227-point win in the PCCHA Derby Mercuria Open on Saturday, June 13 in Las Vegas.

Pounce, shown by Morgan Cromer for Clarke Butte Ranch, Bend, Ore., was second with 225 points; Special Nu Baby placed third with 223.5 points under Matt Gaines for Barker Ranch, Madill, Okla.

“Cyndi Cat has a really good, low style, so I try to play on that fact and cut some cows that she can keep in the middle and show off her good points,” said Wood, who also placed fourth with 222 points on Smart Stingrey, owned by Michelle LeMaster.

Eight-year-old Cyndi Cat, by WR This Cats Smart, qualified for the finals with 220.5 points in the go-round. Nine-year-old Smart Stringrey was the go-round winner with 223.5 points.

Dr. Dorros, a prominent cardiologist, among the first to perform coronary angioplasty in the U.S., purchased Cyndi Cat in October 2014 from Theresa and Gerald Gillock of Las Vegas, and qualified to ride her in the 2014 NCHA $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals in Fort Worth, as well as the 2015 NCHA $5,000 Novice Non-Pro Western Nationals in Reno.

“We bought her for Dr. Dorros to show, but I show her to keep her right for him, whenever he wants to show,” said Wood, who won the PCCHA Winter Roundup Pro-Am on Cyndi Cat, career earner of over $125,000.

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