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Boyd Rice & CR Sun Reys Sweep Mercuria


CR Sun Reys Sweeps World Finals by Sally Harrison

NCHA may be able to attract an ear-plug manufacturer as a sponsor after Saturday night’s Mercuria NCHA Open World Finals. On a night when a 227 split third and fourth places, the crowd’s response raised the rafters in the Watt Arena.

CR Sun Reys, ridden by Boyd Rice for Center Ranch, marked a 233 for a perfect sweep of the four rounds, plus the non-working finals. She marked 231, 229, 231 and 233 to win each night, posting a record composite of 924 points.Despite ratcheting up the degree of difficulty as the 13th of 15 riders, Rice said he was never worried about the mare’s ability to handle it.

“She’s a lot of fun to ride,” he said. “She was a little wild when we first got her, but that’s behind her now.”

CR Sun Reys is 6-year-old mare bred by Oxbow Ranch by Dual Rey out of Play Peek A Boon, Oxbow’s $205,000 earner that has produced winners of more than $446,000. CR Sun Reys was a top-five finalist in the NCHA Super Stakes, Derby and Classic Challenge, and won the Bonanza Classic and the Pacific Coast Classic Challenge. She won the Mercuria NCHA World Series event at Houston this year, and Rice’s daughter, Trea, won the Senior Youth Scholarship Cutting on her at the Summer Spectacular.

CR Sun Reys earned $30,175 at the World Finals – the most money available to any horse – to finish the year with $65,455 for third place in the World standings.