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WOODSIDE – Andrea Fappani kept his stronghold on the Reining By The Bay Open Derby last month, taking Custom Smart Olena to a 230.5 that scraped past a pair of 230s in reserve to win the $30,000-added Derby Open. The victory was worth $8,635 for Custom Smart Olena (Custom Crome x A Darn Smart Chic x Smart Chic Olena), owned by Steve Simon of Marietta, Okla.

Last year at Woodside, Fappani pulled a hat trick I the Derby Open, winning first, second and third places – the championship coming on board Shiner Olena.

The battle for the Derby Open reserve crown featured Wimpys Little Buddy (Wimpys Little Step x All That’s Dun x Hollywood Dun It) ridden by Martin Muehlstatter for Kim Dooley of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Star For The Chicks (Smart Starbuck x Dun It By Chick x Hollywood Dun It), ridden by Randy Paul for Rancho Oso Rio, also of Scottsdale. The matching 230s earned each of them $5,444.

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Andrea Fappani takes Custom Smart Olena, owned by Steve Simon of Marietta, Okla., to a championship in the $30,000-added Derby Open at the Reining By The Bay, held July 20-25 in Woodside.

In the $10,000-added Intermediate Open division, Wimpys Little Buddy finished alone at the top and earned $3,460. With a score of 225.5, Great Red Chex (Great Red Pine x Pines Polly Chex x Great Pine Jr), ridden by Sean Mc Burney for Day Creek Ranch LLC, Simi Valley, was second and earned $2,491. Great Red Chex won the $3,000-added Limited Open and another check for $1,022. UB A Stylin Peppy (Lil Ruf Peppy x UB Stylin With Me x Lean With Me), ridden by Ricky Nicolazzi for Piras Cows & Horses USA, scored a 223.5 for the Limited Open Reserve title and $803.

In the Non-Pro Division, Rick Christen of Whitehouse, Ohio, marked a 225 to win the $15,000-added Derby Non-Pro on his Skeets Little Annie (Skeets Peppy x Oaks Little Annie x Doc’s Oak). Christen also won the $5,000-added Intermediate Non-Pro and $2,000-added Prime Time for an additional $2,517.

Scottsdale’s took her 2010 NRHA Derby Non-Pro Champion, Custom Country (Custom Crome x JJM Sunny Delight x Bar Money Sunny), to the Non-Pro Reserve Championship with a score of 223 that earned $3,231. Custom Country is owned by Tom Dooley, the rider’s father.

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Martin Muehlsteatter rides Wimpys Little Buddy for owner Kim Dooley.

There was a tie for second place in the Intermediate Non-Pro between George Lawrence riding his This Chicsdundreamin (Magnum Chic Dream x Hermosa Dun It x Hollywood Dun It) and Marni Lopez riding her A Smart Whiz (West Coast Whiz x A Poco Smart Chic x Smart Chic Olena). Both riders scored a 222 and earned $958.

Marc Gordon, riding Dox Steppin Out (Wimpys Little Step x Dox Rosie O Grady x Doc O’Lena) owned by Marc and Kathy Gordon, Elgin, Ill., scored a 220.5 to win the $3,000-added Limited Non-Pro, the $2,000-added Level 1 and Reserve in the Prime Time  divisions earning a total of $2,341. Scott Nicolaides of Valley Village, riding his Flip N Yankee (Rowdy Yankee x Flip Cee Cody x Flips Red Oak) scored a 220 for Reserve in the Limited Non Pro and earned $662. Royal Worbets was the Level 1 Reserve Champion on Berry Shiney (Shining Spark x Custom Red Berry x Custom Crom) owned by Rafter D Reiners, Inc., Pritchard, BC, Canada. Worbets scored a 219.5 and earned $494.

In addition to his Derby success, Fappani also took the $10,000-added Futurity Open on Sweet N Custom (Custom Crome x Sweet BH x Be Aech Enterprise) , owned by Amanda Brumley of Cave Creek, Ariz. Their 148 championship score earned $3,401. Gunners Oak (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Doc Oaks Charm x Doc’s Oak), ridden by Martin Muehlstatter for Tom Dooley, was reserve with a score of 147 that paid $2,878.

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