The 49 derbies/maturities awarded $392,992, an increase of $162,235. The reinstatement of the Silver and Gold Cup derbies accounted for 35 percent of the sector’s overall growth.
Overall leading rider Cody Bauserman, Sallisaw, Okla., was the top derby/maturity rider with $31,251 won aboard three horses. He won two of the top three derbies – the Old Fort Days Super Derby and Gold Cup Derby aboard VF Red Bully, the top derby/maturity horse.
For more on Bauserman, please see the futurity section of this statistical review.
Bauserman’s leading horse, VF Red Bully, was the top maturity/derby horse with $28,542. A 2001 sorrel gelding, VF Red Bully is by the late On The Money Red out of the Bully Bullion mare Natural Lady Bullion. The gelding was bred by Victory Farms, Ada, Okla.
VF Red Bully was purchased as a 2-year-old by Keith and Cindy Arnold of KC Quarter Horses, Vian, Okla., who later sold him to Teresa Follin, Sallisaw, Okla., as a 3-year-old. Carolyn Uhler, Holden, Mo., purchased the gelding in April 2007.
VF Red Bully’s Derby Earnings
Derby Place Earnings
Silver Cup 3 $2,922
Old Fort Days 1 $21,168
Gold Cup 1 $4,109
Victory Farms $343*
In addition to his derby earnings, VF Red Bully also carried Bauserman to the National Barrel Horse Association Open World Championship for $6,000, won the $15,000 first-place check in the NBHA Lightning Round, and picked up another $6,000 for placing fifth in the Champion Of Champions Open at the Run for the Bucks. VF Bully was the No. 9 horse overall with total earnings of $62,556.