Clack-A-Drome pays over $20,000

A familiar face in futurity winner's circles for the past 23 years, proved one to watch for in the 2002 barrel futurity season. Lance Graves and What Fame won their second futurity title of the year at the Clack-A-Drome Barrel Futurity, Dec. 14-16, 2001 in Chester, S.C.A familiar face in futurity winner's circles for the past 23 years, proved one to watch for in the 2002 barrel futurity season. Lance Graves and What Fame won their second futurity title of the year at the Clack-A-Drome Barrel Futurity, Dec. 14-16, 2001 in Chester, S.C.

Story originally posted by: Karen Cannon

A familiar face in futurity winner’s circles for the past 23 years, proved one to watch for in the 2002 barrel futurity season.
Lance Graves and What Fame won their second futurity title of the year at the Clack-A-Drome Barrel Futurity, Dec. 14-16, 2001 in Chester, S.C.

Forty-nine entries paid up to run in the Futurity with $5,000 added for a total purse of $15,584. Graves and What Fame ran a 15.069 for eighth place in the first go, followed by a 14.827 to win the second go. An average time of 29.896 assured the pair $3,234 for the average win.

The winning team was certainly a favorite to win. Graves, Hartshorne, Okla., has such wins under his belt as California’s Oldest and Richest Futurity, Kansas Futurity, Dixie Classic, High Plains Futurity and the Salinas Valley Derby. Graves continues to hold the title of the youngest finals qualifier in the 20-year history of the Old Fort Days Futurity, making the finals at the age of eight.

Graves’ mount is already building himself a reputation. Earlier in the month, What Fame carried Graves to win the first futurity of the season, the Kindergarten Barrel Futurity, in Brooks, Ga. Besides his performance record, the 1998 brown gelding is one to make fellow barrel futurity racers shudder, just by looking at his pedigree. The gelded son of Dash Ta Fame out of BCR What A Foxy Lady by Murrtheblurr (TB), What Fame, owned by James Graves, has speed in his blood.

Brett Monroe followed Graves in the average riding Mega Cash. The pair won the first go with a scorching 14.822, but was out of the money in the second go. A total of 30.140 secured the Reserve Champion title. Mega Cash, owned by Jesse McMillan, earned $2,766.

David Jenkins rode Storm Brewed to a 14.683 for Friday’s Open 4D barrel race to win $227 over 115 entries. Saturday’s race drew 200 entries, with Christian Clack coming out on top aboard Ruling System to win $498 with a 14.464. The time proved the fastest of the weekend, earning Clack an extra $100. Will Lear took the win on Sunday over 45 entries, riding Jack to stop the clock in 14.979 seconds for $161.

An NBHA Youth and Senior 4D race were held on Saturday. The race attracted 78 youth. Colby Moore rode Suddenly Smashed to a 14.860 for the win, which was worth $111. The NBHA Senior drew 11 entries, with J.T. Champy running Rocket to a 15.370, worth $71.