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Lucky Dog Barrel Race


Article and photos by Nancy Brannon

Once again it was Elaina McKinney and WRS Kool Memories who dominated the winning runs at the Lucky Dog Barrel Races, Show Place Arena, Cordova, TN on December 4-6, 2020. The pair turned in the Sunday 5-Star Open Fast Time of 14.255 seconds, and they were also first in the RFD-TV’s American Semi-Finals Qualifier, taking the top slot on a time of 14.370. The pair were the Open Average Champions, Runnin’ With the Pack Average Winners, Saturday and Sunday Open Division winners. Elaina was the Overall High Money Champion: $6,342+ as well as the Youth High Money Champion: $516+.

There was one rider who had a faster time over the weekend: Friday’s 5-Star Open Fast time was Paige Jones and High Cotton Lane: 14.181, which turned out to be the Fast Time of the weekend. Paige was the Friday Open Division winner, taking home $1.491+.

This final installation of the 2020 Lucky Dog barrel racing series featured Select Stallion Stakes with a $10,000 Added Breeders’ Futurity, the American Qualifier and a $3,000 added BBR Extra Mid-South Tour Finale SD Sidepot, as well as a BBR Double Points/Double Qualifier, plus $6,500 added Lucky Dog Runnin’ With the Pack Sidepots.

The other Top 10 American Semi-Finals Qualifiers were: Dustin Angelle on VF Born Famous (14.415); Graysun Tice on Kan perk three (14.459); Sarah McCormick on Down Town Streakin (14.522); Halle Laswell on Famous Fire Walker (14.550); Paige Jones and High Cotton Lane (14.592); Sara Withers on Frenchmans Perks (14.597); Merrick Moyer and Frosted Cookies (14.603); Megan Jamerson on Deep Laughing; and Shelby West on Oh Hes Streakin(14.604).

There were 35 entries in Saturday morning’s Peewee, with Blaise Thomas and Cades Music winning the 1D with a time of 15.562. Fifteen ponies ran on Sunday morning, with Sheridan Shumpert and Penny winning the 1D in a time of 15.683.

Friday’s Open had 515 runs, but Saturday’s Open had even more: 680 runs. Saturday’s American Qualifier attracted 63 competitors, and Sunday’s Open was packed again, with 561 entries.

Lucky Dog Barrel Races start again in March 2021 in Texarkana, Arkansas. Find full results of this and other shows at

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