Strut, six-year-old white and liver pointer male co-owned by Eddie Sholar and Tommy Davis of Leesburg, Ga., bested a field of 57 contestants to wear the Southwestern crown for the second time in his life (also winning in 2007). He was expertly handled by Luke Eisenhart due to grave illness in the Davis family. Erin’s Black Fury, four-year-old pointer male owned by Tucker Johnson of Hope Sound, Fla., bested all save the champion to gain the runner-up position. He was also handled by Eisenhart.
The field of 24 Derbies was topped by Erin’s Riptide, pointer male flying the shamrock colors of the irrepressible Sean Derrig of Bannockburn, Ill. Eisenhart blew the whistle over the precocious youngster. Second was Sholar’s Honey Bee, pointer female owned by Eddie Sholar and handled by Jamie Daniels. Third was awarded to Prisoner, pointer male owned by Tommy and Laura Davis. All youngsters were placed on race showing all-age potential.