February 27, 2019, Fort Worth, Texas, Cowtown Coliseum — Sarah McCormick topped the first performance of RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals in Fort Worth, Texas, riding Down Town Streakin (Tres Seis x Down Town Lass x First Down Dash) to a fast time of 14.131 to best the first field of 10.

The home-raised and -trained 8-year-old gelding has been rock solid inside the tough arena, placing 28th in the slack round of competition with a 14.225. The Karnack, Texas, resident is proud of her mount and says ‘Leroy’ is a blessing to her family.

“My husband raised Leroy and my husband trained him, and he’s been a blessing to us,” McCormick said. “I just went in there and rode him—you’ve just got to go for it, and if you hit a barrel, you hit a barrel. You’ll never know unless you go for it.”

During the course of four Semifinals performances at Cowtown Coliseum in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, 41 total athletes pulled from the slack round, buyback round and Jr. American will compete to earn at spot at RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo at AT&T Stadium from March 2-3. With a tie for the 35th spot adding one more contestant to the roster, 36 contestants from the slack round of the Semifinals advanced one step closer to punching their ticket to AT&T Stadium. In the buyback round, contestants who didn’t qualify in the slack round got the opportunity to buy their run back for another shot at the Semifinals. From those 100 buyback contestants, three advanced to the performances. The Jr. American is in its inaugural year, and two athletes will advance to the Semifinals when the event concludes March 1.

Click here for a complete list of Semifinals performances qualifiers from the slack and buyback rounds.

Watch a video of McCormick’s winning run here.

RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals Performance One Results

  1. Sarah McCormick, Down Town Streakin, 14.131
  2. Jimmie Smith, Lena On The Rocks, 14.206
  3. Ericka Nelson, Goodfrenchmanfriday, 14.297
  4. Rylee Shields, Toast To Val, 14.386
  5. Caroline Kelly, Hesa Dashin Dreamer, 14.451
  6. Mylee Speer, Kiss This Guy, 14.503
  7. Hollie Etbauer, Bringing On Frosty, 19.141*
  8. Shelby Spielman, Fame N Red Hot, 19.185*
  9. Keyla Polizello, Spotlite Ta Fame, 19.218*
  10. Hallie Hanssen, Tres Movidas, 19.321*

*denotes penalty


Kailey Sullins is editor of Barrel Horse News, and an avid barrel racer and breakaway roper. Email comments or questions to [email protected]

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