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Lucky Dog Barrel Race


Alexandria Skipworth

Lane Smith

Elania McKinney

Laura Mae Bari

1D Triple the Luck series champion Shelby Stewart with announcer Seth Roy from Duson, LA.
By Nancy Brannon; photos by Fessler Photography

Lucky Dog Productions was back in the mid-south with fast barrel racing action in the cool arena in Tunica, Mississippi on September 6-8 for the 9th annual Tyler Parten Memorial with $12,000 added money. This show included the $10,000 Future Fortunes Open Bonus. As at the show in Memphis, Friday was the day to wear red to remember everyone deployed.

The Tyler Parten Memorial honors the memory of 1st Lt. Tyler Parten and is in remembrance of 9/11. “We will never forget the lives lost on that day, nor the brave soldiers like Tyler who gave their lives defending us from such terrorism in the years that followed,” Christy Lewis wrote.

First Lieutenant Tyler Parten was killed on September 10, 2009 in Afghanistan. Tyler grew up in Marianna, Arkansas, graduated from Marianna Lee Academy High School, and graduated in the top ten percent of his class at West Point in 2007. He had served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and died in Konar province after being wounded when insurgents attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. He was a scout platoon leader on the mission in which he died.

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This show featured the Triple the Luck mini series, which includes all three Tunica events. The top three in each division and poles all received awards. The 1D Triple the Luck series champion is Shelby Stewart.

Elaina McKinney of Carbondale, IL and WRS Kool Memories were, again, the Open Average Champions as well as the Runnin’ With the Pack Average Champions. She was the Overall High Money winner, taking home $5,693 and the Youth High Money Champion, earning $730 in that division. And, Elaina and WRS Kool Memories had the 5-Star Fast time: 14.769.

Alexandria Skipworth was the Adult High Money Champion and Jimmy Cagle was the Senior High Money Champion for the weekend.

On Friday September 6, Alexandria Skipworth of Danville, AL and Money Boat were fastest in the Open and the Adult Sidepot with a time of 14.850.

In Friday’s Youth Sidepot, Valerie Saucier of Washington, LA and Kodiac Kowboy had the fastest time of 14.956, besting Elaina McKinney and WRS Kool Memories who were relegated to second (15.007) and third with Daddys Dollar (15.190). Elaina, however, was first in the 2D on One Hot Stinson (15.462).

Jimmy Cagle of Fayetteville, TN and Figure Im Special were first in Friday’s Senior Sidepot (15.103), as well as third on Libbys On The Lable (15.319).

In the Pony division, Haley Hart of West Helena, AR and Sugar Ray were the 1D Champions with a time of 16.228. River Weldon of Bruce, MS and Short Go were a close second with a time of 16.297, but she was first in the 2D on Prissy (17.159). The Pony division attracted 14 young entries.

In Saturday’s Open and Youth divisions, it was Elaina McKinney and WRS Kool Memories at the top of the leaderboard, running the fastest time of the weekend at 14.769.

Nicole Love of Morton, MS and JL Josie Bar were first in Saturday’s Adult Sidepot, running the course in 14.824 seconds. Alexandra Skipworth and Money Board were second (14.953).

Jimmy Cagle led the way with Libbys On The Label in the Senior Sidepot with a time of 14.972.

In the Futurity, Shelby Stewart of Cottontown, TN and SR Chrissy Lil Cat were first on Friday (15.568), first on Saturday (15.103), and first on Sunday (15.153) to take a clean sweep of the Futurity.

Might have known that Elaina McKinney and WRS Kool Memories would also win the $10,000 Future Fortunes, having the fastest time of the weekend: 14.769. Nicole Love and JL Josie Bar were close with 14.824 seconds on the timer.  These two were also first and second in the Runnin’ With The Pack Sidepot on Saturday. Alexandra Skipworth and Money Boat were third (14.953) and Jimmy Cagle, Libbys On The Label, were fourth (14.972).

In Saturday’s Poles class, Lane Smith of Ward, AR took first and second places on Gotta Another Gear (20.286) and Tough San Saphire (21.122), respectively. She was1D Champion in Poles for the weekend on Gotta Another Gear.

In Sunday’s Open, Youth, and Runnin’ With The Pack Sidepot, Valerie Saucier of Washington, LA and Kodiac Kowboy bested Elaina McKinney and WRS Kool Memories (14.943) with a time of 14.797. This was a first time Lucky Dog go round win for Valerie!

In Sunday’s Adult Sidepot, Alexandria Skipworth and Money Boat took the top slot (15.043).

In Sunday’s Senior Sidepot, JJ Bryant of Covington, TN bested Jimmy Cagle and his two horses for first place with a time of 15.354 – just .005/second faster! Jimmy and Figure I’m Special were second (15.359) and Jimmy was third with Dash D Hefa (15.456).

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Lucky Dog will be back in Memphis for the year’s finale and the American Qualifier at the Show Place Arena December 5-8, 2019.
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