Rapp wins Futurity Open title

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009 5:34 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 3:10 PM
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Phil Rapp punched the air with his right fist and later gave his horse a kiss.

The Weatherford, Texas, cutter did Saturday night what he does best: win in Augusta.

Aboard Dont Look Twice, Rapp marked 228 to capture the Futurity Open title by eight points at James Brown Arena.

Rapp, the winningest cutter in Augusta Futurity history, won for the ninth time in 19 appearances in the Garden City. He also rung up the third-highest score in the show’s history and collected $30,160 with the win.

“I love it here in Augusta, and it’s fun to come back,” said Rapp, who won his third Futurity Open title (2002 and 2007). “It’s a great place and people love it. It’s just fantastic.”

Guy Woods, of Pilot Point, Texas, and Laney Rey Too finished second at 220 for $21,130. Austin Shepard, of Summerdale, Ala., and Playin With a Cat placed third (219.5, $18,095).

It’s fitting that Rapp won the crown jewel of the 30th annual Augusta Futurity on this horse. Fifteen years ago, Rapp and Tap O Lena, Dont Look Twice’s grandmother, won the Futurity Non-Pro.

On Saturday, the 39-year-old Rapp and Dont Look Twice, a mare by High Brow Cat out of Tapt Twice, ran first in the second bunch of horses. Rapp said his position was a big advantage.

“That’s a great place to be in Augusta,” he said. “We had our cows. We went and cut them. The mare was wonderful. And it just all fell into place.”

The pair’s run built as they cut three cows in front of a large and loud Augusta crowd. Rapp said the second cow was “the best cow I’ve cut in a long time.” The final cow went at Rapp and his horse, giving the pair an opportunity to pick up the second-highest score in Futurity Open history.

As soon as the score posted, Rapp threw a hook with his right fist.

“You couldn’t script a run any better,” he said.

The horse represents four generations of breeding by the Rapp Ranch. Dont Look Twice is owned by Waco Bend Ranch, of Fort Worth, Texas.

“This mare is just outstanding the way she does things,” Rapp’s wife, Mary Ann said.

“She has such a huge stop. She’s so smooth and smart about a cow.”

Phil Rapp is cutting’s all-time leading money earner with more than $6 million. He also has won more than $450,000 at the Augusta Futurity. Phil and Mary Ann Rapp have two children: 7-year-old Ryan and Emma, who’ll be 3 later this month.

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 823-3645

or chris.gay@augustachronicle.com.


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