Fort Worth, Texas — March 1, 2020 — It was anybody’s game in Performance Four with some of the toughest horses of the entire RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals still to run Sunday afternoon. When it was all said and done, four of the top 10 advancing to AT&T Stadium came from the fourth perf. Kassie Mowry’s convincing lead of 13.724 on Epic Guy came crashing down when Randee Prindle and Red Man Jones stormed out of Cowtown Coliseum in 13.631 as the first runner out to win Performance Four and the American Semifinals for $20,355.
“He went in there and inhaled first, inhaled second, and all I could think going to third was, ‘Look at your pocket, not the barrel,’ because he was not leaving me much room,” Prindle exclaimed. “[At the first barrel] I was like, ‘I hope we get around it,’ because my leg was about right on top of it, so I was like ‘Get skinny!'”
Prindle qualified to the performances with a personal-best 13.859 to place sixth in slack February 24. “Scooby” blew her expectations out of the water in the performance round.
“His slack run was the fastest he’s ever ran in this arena, so I was really impressed,” Prindle said. “I was just hoping for a clean run, because I knew if we could get around them, we should be at least in the top 10. I had no idea he would go that fast though, so that was a shock.”
The 9-year-old gelding by Brownie Jones and out of Dinkys Purple Rain by Dinky’s Red Man has come a long way under Prindle’s saddle, but it hasn’t been easy for the Gilman City, Missouri, barrel racer.
“I bought him out of the 2015 Better Barrel Races World Sale as a 4-year-old off of Kelsey Knight,” Prindle said. “The first two years were kind of bumpy. We had an injury, I was pregnant and it kind of set back everything. I finally got him going pretty solid the last two years.”
As for AT&T Stadium, Prindle admits she hasn’t even thought past the performance rounds.
“I have got to have a game plan going on, because right now I was like ‘Oh making it to the rounds, that’s cool.’ I had no idea of even advancing, really,” Prindle said. “We’ve got all week to prepare though.”
The top 40 from the slack round, plus the top 3 from the buy-back round, advanced to the Semifinals performance rounds February 27–March 1. From the four performances combined, contestants will be narrowed down to the top 10 overall fastest times to move on to RFD-TV’s The American at AT&T Stadium from March 7–8, where they will compete against the top 10 from the 2019 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association final world standings for a chance at $1 million. For instant results, visit betterbarrelraces.com or americanrodeo.com.
RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN SEMIFINALS TOP 10
Place, Rider Name, Horse Name, Time, Payout
- Randee Prindle, Red Man Jones, 13.631, $20,355
- Kassie Mowry, Epic Guy, 13.724, $15,333
- Sabra O’Quinn, Slicks Lil Amigo, 13.790, $11,330
- Haley Wolfe, Iron Eyes Rio Bravo, 13.831, $10,340
- Wenda Johnson, Macgyver Moonflash, 13.834, $8,400
- Brandon Cullins, A Cornerstone, 13.872, $6,500
- Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Babe On The Chase, 13.877, $5,700
- Sherry Cervi, MP Jet Royal Money, 13.899, $4,800
- Kacey Gartner, Rebel Look, 13.901, $2,580
- Claire Sechelski, Gypsy Rose Cat, 13.903, $2,321
RFD-TV’S THE AMERICAN SEMIFINALS PERFORMANCE FOUR RESULTS
- Randee Prindle, Red Man Jones, 13.631
- Sabra O’Quinn, Slicks Lil Amigo, 13.790
- Wenda Johnson, Macgyver Moonflash, 13.834
- Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Babe On The Chase, 13.877
- Jimmie Smith, Lena On The Rocks, 13.981
- Jordon Briggs, Famous Lil Jet, 14.034
- Bristan Kennedy, Copies Famous Saint, 14.116
- Tess Adkins, Fiestas Mojo, 14.178
- Ryann Pedone, Feel The Sting, 14.241
- Steely Steiner, Teena Turner, 19.095*