FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS — updated MAY 21, 2022 — Saturday’s finals at the 45th Old Fort Days Futurity and Super Derby had barrel racing fans on the edges of their seats as the 45 fastest in the Futurity and 20 fastest in the Super Derby ran in the clean-slate, fastest-time-wins Old Fort Days Finals.
After breaking Jolene Montgomery and Jets Heart N Soul’s 2019 Fort Smith arena record of 16.250 with a 16.148 to win the Super Derby Time Trials, Kristin Hanchey and Smooth Way Ta Heaven returned in the finals with another blistering performance of 16.220 to win the Super Derby for $24,944. Hanchey and the 2017 mare, by Blings Smooth Guy and out of Cash Ta Heaven by JL Dash Ta Heaven, owned by Tracey Williams, were also the 2021 Old Fort Days Futurity reserve champions.
Molli Montgomery and TRheavensilluminated dominated in the Old Fort Days Futurity Finals, winning the $43,460 championship by more than two-tenths with a 16.330. The 4-year-old gelding by JL Dash Ta Heaven and out of Jill Moody’s National Finals Rodeo mare TR Dashing Badger (“Dolly”) by Mr Illuminator is owned by Tracey Lambert.
“We as riders accentuate what horses are, but those great horses are just great. I don’t like to take hardly any credit, because those horses are the great ones,” Montgomery said in an interview earlier this year. “He’s one of those horses. He’s one of the special ones.”
It’s the third futurity championship this year for Montgomery and “Cyrus.” The duo won the Lone Star Shootout Futurity in January, the Select Stallion Stakes Barrel Bash Futurity in March, and now Fort Smith.
“He’s been the easiest horse I’ve ever trained in my life,” Montgomery said after winning the Lone Star Shootout. “I got him the day after Thanksgiving of his 2-year-old year. He wasn’t even out of the round pen. That’s a really short window, a lot shorter than what I like to work with. To add to it, we’re gone [hauling to futurities] quite a bit in December and January. This horse really came along fast. I still took him slow, but after I got him out of the round pen and had him about two months, I loped the barrels on him. By the second week of loping the barrels, I knew this was a great horse. It was just going to be whether or not I could harness it and control it smoothly enough to clock.”
2022 Old Fort Days Futurity Results, May 21
2022 Old Fort Days Super Derby Results, May 21
Brittany Tonozzi Clinches Old Fort Days Futurity and Super Derby Consolation Race
FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS — updated MAY 20, 2022 — The Open 4D Consolation Race offered an extra opportunity for Old Fort Days Futurity and Super Derby competitors who did not qualify for the Finals (top 40 fastest from futurity time trials, top 20 fastest from derby time trials) to run for additional money or earn one of the 10 coveted advancing positions from the Consolation Race for the five fastest in the futurity and derby.
Brittany Tonozzi and 5-year-old mare Blazin Babe Olena (Blazin Jetolena x Streakin Six Babe x Streakin Six) took the top spot in the Consolation Race with a 16.585, worth $1,962 and a place in the Super Derby Finals. The five advancing to the Super Derby Finals from the Consolation Race are Tonozzi, Ashley Schafer and Famous Cash Can (16.729), Tonozzi and Rock On Guys (16.773), Ryann Pedone and Mister Tres (16.790) and Jolene Montgomery and License To Kill (16.802).
The five fastest futurity competitors in the Consolation Race going to the Finals will be Hilary Ellingson and Deejay (16.833), Pete Oen and Hip Happy Hayday (16.847), Wyatt Paul and Tres Cups Of Sugar (16.850), Heath Holland and VF Got Your Delight (16.938) and Jodee Miller and M R Billie The Kid (16.971).
Find results below and full divisional results from the Consolation Race here.
2022 Old Fort Days Consolation Race Results
Kristin Hanchey Sets Arena Record to Win Old Fort Days Super Derby Time Trials, Kelsey Treharne Tops Futurity Time Trials
FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS — updated MAY 20, 2022 — The qualifying time trials for the 45th Old Fort Days Futurity and Super Derby are in the books, and it’s already been nothing short of historic and record-breaking.
Kristin Hanchey shattered the Fort Smith arena record to win the Derby Time Trials, clocking a blistering 16.148 on 2017 mare Smooth Way Ta Heaven (Blings Smooth Guy x Cash Ta Heaven x JL Dash Ta Heaven). The mare, owned by Tracey Williams, was also the 2021 OFD Futurity Reserve Champion last year with Hanchey at the reins. The previous Old Fort Days arena record was Jolene Montgomery’s 16.250 to win the 2019 Super Derby on Jets Heart N Soul, and prior to that Martha Wright and Fame Fox Kirk had a 16.283.
The top 20 times in the Derby Time Trials, plus the five fastest from the Consolation Round on May 20 at 8 p.m., advance to the Finals on Saturday May 21 at 1 p.m. Watch the action at 3-2-1 Action Video.
The Futurity Time Trials saw Kelsey Lutjen Treharne take the win with a 16.553 on board the Tesha Fredericks-owned Blazin Ta Betty, a 4-year-old full sister to Jordon Briggs’ world champion gelding Famous Lil Jet, by Dash Ta Fame and out of Blazin Black Beauty by Blazin Jetolena. Both standouts are bred by Busby Quarter Horses. Treharne knows a thing or two about navigating the pattern at Fort Smith—the tenacious jockey won the Old Fort Days Futurity championship in 2020 on VF Cream Rises.
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The top 40 times in the Futurity Time Trials, plus the five fastest from the Consolation Round on May 20 at 8 p.m., advance to the Finals on Saturday May 21 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Watch the action at 3-2-1 Action Video.
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2022 Old Fort Days Futurity Time Trials Results, May 19
2022 Old Fort Days Derby Time Trials Results, May 20
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