The big surprise in this horse race was the success of Pozzi’s 4-year-old supercharger, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Dash Ta Fame x CD Nick Bar). During Friday’s first performance “Mona” clocked a third place time of 17.55 at her very first rodeo performance. The pair came back the second day and claimed the top check with a time of 17.69. On day three the pair shocked everyone again, by blowing out of the arena an even faster time of 17.48. On day four, Pozzi and Mona took fourth with a 17.98 second run, which set them in a comfortable lead going into Showdown Sunday. Brittany_Pozzi-2

Pozzi says running Mona at the Calgary Stampede wasn’t quite the way she wanted to season this futurity horse. However, it’s unmistakably paying off big time!

“She was a very green futurity horse when I ran her at the Kinder Futurity (the Lance Graves Pro Classic) in February. I probably ran her 15 times her whole entire life. She has obviously seasoned up fast!”

In March, Mona took home the $100,000 from the Diamonds and Dirt Slot Race in Bryan Texas, and placed second at the Old Fort Futurity and Derby in Fort Smith, Texas. But Pozzi says she wasn’t expecting to rodeo on Mona so early in her career.

“I have three other horses with me and they are all either not working or unsound. I had no other options ­ ­– this is it! Things happen for a reason.”

Between Calgary’s notorious hard ground and the crowds, Pozzi says she couldn’t be more proud of this horse.

“The first performance was her first performance. She has handled it like a champ. She keeps getting better!”

Taking second in the Average was Bass on her 14-old-year-old rocket, Wonders Cowboy Dan aka “Cowboy” (Wonders Pal x Jackies Cowgirl Bar). After a fall in the second performance at last year’s Calgary Stampede, Bass says she was a little timid going into the arena this year. Kaley_Bass

“I had a little bit of fear, my first time coming back. But I didn’t have any fear about him not being sure footed.”

Bass won the first round, but knocked a barrel in the second performance. After clocking the fastest time of 17.58 on day four, Bass secured her second place position in the average.

The third and fourth place riders now advancing into this weekend’s races are Britany Diaz with $8,000 and Mary Walker, who claimed $7,500 in Stampede earnings. 

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