Article by Michael Mahaffey—Photos by Pixel Worx

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Cody Bauserman and Niki Black.

Shawnee, Okla., was the center of the futurity universe April 14-17 as some of the heaviest hitters in the industry pulled into town for the Barrel Futurities of America 2011 Spring Classic Futurity. More than 900 entries turned out to the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center to run for a share of the $108,000 purse, delighting the assembled fans through three days of futurity, slot race and open competition.

Futurity veteran Cody Bauserman rode 4-year-old Niki Black to the 1D Futurity Average championship, edging reserve champions Sharin Hall and Kool And Famous by three-quarters of a tenth to claim the victory.

Bauserman and the gelding by Nik Dell and out of the Moon Lark mare Shes Just In Time won the first round of futurity action with an event best time of 14.853 seconds. The time also brought them Saturday’s Open 1D championship. The pair followed up in the second round with a safe, but fast sixth-place 1D time of 15.362 seconds to secure the title.

Brittany Pozzi rode Steele Magnolias to a third-place Futurity Average finish, while Lacey Donegan and BA Tee It Up To Fame came home fourth. Kebo Almond and Philthy Phamous rounded out the top five. Tana Renick and See F Red Rocket won the Futurity 2D Average title.

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Kim Ulbricht and Slick By Design.

Other Winners
Kim Ulbricht and Slick By Design, a 4-year-old stallion by Designer Red and out of the Dream On Dancer mare Dreams Of Blue won the BFA Slot Race. Their run of 15.117 topped reserve champions Peggy Hall and Famous Dr John by eight hundredths of a second to give them an $8,000 payday. A 1D win in the second round of the Futurity brought another $3,149 and helped boost Ulbricht to an event high of $11,536 in earnings.

Futurity reserve champion Sharin Hall rode Bullys Tiger Eye to the Derby co-championship with Leslie Willis and Time Well Traveled after both teams ran identical times of 15.201 seconds.

AT-A-GLANCE:
BFA Spring Classic Futurity
When: April 14-17
Where: Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center in Shawnee, Okla.
Entries: 907
Total Payout: $108,628
Click here to download complete results from the BFA Spring Classic Futurity.

Michael Mahaffey is associate editor of
Barrel Horse News. E-mail comments on this article to [email protected].

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