Being a Georgia cutter, Jay Klamon said his victory Thursday night held extra meaning.
Aboard Somebody Somewhere, Klamon won the $35,000 Non-Pro Any Age by 2.5 points at James Brown Arena with 221.
“When I was young, the Augusta Futurity was always the Fort Worth of the East Coast,” he said. “To win an event here is really special.”
Klamon, of Alto, Ga., won the first-place prize of $2,180. Ryan Howell and Little Purple Annie placed second at 218.5 for $1,770, while Joey Varnadore and Opus Ex finished third with 218 for $1,660. Mark Senn, of Evans and Fantasticat finished 10th at 189.
The 42-year-old Klamon owns a technology company and also owns 3 Bar J Farms. Klamon bought Somebody Somewhere two-and-a-half years ago on the recommendation of Billy Wier, who trains horses at Klamon’s farm.
Somebody Somewhere is a 9-year-old mare by Somebody Smart out of Jiggs Cat. Klamon calls the horse “Boo,” because she boos at everything.
“She just has a lot of eye appeal,” Klamon said. “She has more heart than horse I’ve ever been on in my life. She never quits at all.”
With Somebody Somewhere, Klamon has won a title in Oklahoma City, as well as a reserve championship. At the 2011 Augusta Futurity, the duo made a pair of finals. They’ll move out of the $35,000 and $50,000 classes next year.