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Some horses are just aptly named, and at The American Performance Horseman on Friday, reiner Casey Deary proved why his mount – Down Right Amazing – fits right into that category.

“That’s a very special horse,” Casey said after his reining win that netted $100,000, as well as an additional $8,333.33 for Team Green’s third-place team finish. “That horse has been part of the family since he hit the ground, and his mother was a special animal, so he possesses a lot of great traits from both parents.” Down Right Amazing is a 2017 sorrel stallion by Colonels Smoking Gun, out of the Walla Walla Whiz mare Shesouttayourleague. Casey, a two-time AQHA world champion with lifetime National Reining Horse Association earnings of more than $3 million, was grateful to the bald-faced stallion, who turned in a smoking 231.5 score. “My horse sure did most of the work for me,” he said.

And Casey, always a jokester, turned serious when he talked about what the win – and his always-supportive family – meant to him. “God has been so good to me,” he said, choking up for a moment. “I know I don’t deserve it, but he has blessed me to do what I do, and I have an amazing family to go along with it, and it certainly makes it worth it.”

Down Right Amazing was bred by Curtis Performance Horses of Weatherford, Texas, and is owned by DAG Ventures LLC of Crowley, Texas. Prior to TAPH, the horse had earned $224,251, and his major wins included the 2022 Run for a Million Open Reining Shootout and the 2022 National Reining Breeders Classic, where he was the open classic reserve champion.

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