Originally created 02/03/01

Mary Ann Rapp gets two shots at first Augusta title



It's not uncommon to see the name Rapp at the top of the Futurity Non-Pro class. But this time, it's not Phil Rapp.

Mary Ann Rapp scored a 214.5 in the second go-round Friday for an aggregate score of 432.5 to lead a group of 21 riders into tonight's finals at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cutters advanced with a score of 419 or better.

In the finals, the slate is wiped clean and all horses start even.

Phil Rapp holds the record for all-time wins in Augusta with six. Five of those six wins have come in the Non-Pro division, including last year's Futurity Non-Pro victory.

On the other hand, Mary Ann Rapp has never won in Augusta, but has three reserve championships. The thought of keeping the Futurity Non-Pro title in the family has not crossed her mind.

"I want to just get my horses shown," she said. "That's my goal. I just want to get my horses shown well."

While the cattle created havoc for the riders, Mary Ann Rapp took advantage of the draw riding first in her group.

"I've been very fortunate," she said. "I've really drawn well here this whole show. It really helps out."

Rapp, of Weatherford, Texas, is on CD Light, a mare by CD Olena out of Cinnabars Lil Star. Phil Rapp rode the mare to a 205 in the Futurity Open semifinals and did not advance to the finals.

"She's really fast," Mary Ann Rapp said. "She has a lot of acceleration in her turnaround."

Mary Ann Rapp also advanced her other horse, Playin CDS, to the finals. The horse, which is by CD Olena out of Playboy Rubys, marked a 203 for a combined score of 421.5.

"Anything can happen, but I feel really good about both my horses," Rapp said. "They're very nice horses. Definitely, the horses I'm showing this year are, by far, the best horses I've ever had to show. Hopefully, I can get my horses shown well, and let the cards fall where they may."

Tom Warriner, who led the first go-round with a 219.5, rode last among the 39 horses. He needed a 199.5 to make the bubble. But the bad draw combined with the cattle did Warriner in as he posted a 198.

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222.