Sally Cats Hot lived up to her name with a 224-point win for Walton’s Rocking W Ranch, under Jesse Lennox, in the John Deere Open Super Stakes Classic Thursday night at the NCHA Super Stakes.
“She always wants it more than you do and that’s a nice feeling,” said Lennox, 23, who realized his first major win with Sally Cats Hot, a Spots Hot daughter from the sixth generation of Alice Walton-bred horses.
“She’s a special mare with an unbelievable heart,” said Walton.
“It’s one of the neatest wins we’ve ever had. And Jesse is one of the finest young men I have ever had the joy of working with.”
Six-year-old Sally Cats Hot is out of RW Sally Cat, by High Brow Cat, NCHA career earner of over $110,000 and finalist in the 2005 NCHA Super Stakes Classic.
Sally Cats Hot’s maternal granddam is Boon San Sally, producer of the earners of over $1 million, including 2004 NCHA Horse of the Year Boon San Kitty.
Lennox grew up in Ottawa, Canada, where his parents are social workers and his father is a college professor. His uncle, Gary Tresider, turned him on to cutting, and Gerry Hansma was his first mentor. But it was Casey Green, who trained and showed Sally Cats Hot at 3, who convinced Lennox to move to Texas, where he connected with Rocking W and Alice Walton