My Lizzy Babe ended her limited-age cutting career even better than she started it – carrying career-long trainer Tim Smith of Temecula, Calif., to another big win during Sunday’s Classic/Challenge Open finals at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Borjon Auto Center Futurity in Paso Robles, Calif.
The 6-year-old mare, sired by Lizzys Gotta Player and out of the Docs Stylish Oak mare Moms Stylish Babe, racked up a career-best 232 with Smith’s help to earn $13,061. The Champion duo topped Reserve Champions WR Jillaroo and California native Gary Gonsalves by a solid seven-point margin.
My Lizzy Babe, a career earner of more than $150,000 splitting rides with Smith and owner John Kratzer, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., had posted two prior career-best 228s with Smith in the saddle. They won once with that score when she was a 4-year-old. The mare and Smith posted a more recent 228 while winning the Classic/Challenge Open finals at the August 2013 South Point Futurity in Las Vegas. The duo finished as Derby Open Champion at the 2011 PCCHA Futurity in Paso Robles, after picking up three prior wins during the mare’s 3-year-old season.
Kratzer was scheduled to compete with My Lizzy Babe during the first round of the Classic/Challenge Non-Pro in Paso Robles on Oct. 29. The owner plans to keep the mare as a broodmare and Smith hopes for several chances at riding her foals. Smith is training the mare’s coming 3-year-old full sister, owned by Kratzer.
Classic/Challenge Open Reserve Champions Gonsalves and WR Jillaroo (WR This Cats Smart x Oaks Smart Peach x Doc’s Oak), a 5-year-old mare Gonsalves co-owns with his wife, Jessica, earned $11,075 with a 225. Jessica planned to compete with the horse on Oct. 29 during the Classic/Challenge Non-Pro first go.
Gonslaves and Notoreyous, a 3-year-old Dual Rey-sired gelding produced by the Justa Swinging Peppy mare Swinging Little Gal, won the Oct. 27 Futurity Open Gelding Stakes with a 221 to earn $12,171. The horse is bred and owned by Gonsalves’ primary client, Iron Rose Ranch, of Carbondale, Colo.
CR Mr Pepto Oak, a 2010 gelding co-owned, trained and ridden by Russ Elrod, of Terrebonne, Ore., won the Oct. 26 Intermediate Open finals with a 217.5 to earn $5,000. CR Mr Pepto Oak, bred and originally owned by Center Ranch, of Centerville, Texas, has belonged to Elrod and his wife, Julie, since last December. Elrod and the horse have also qualified for the Nov. 2 PCCHA Futurity Open finals.
The PCCHA Borjon Auto Center Futurity continues through Nov. 3 in Paso Robles.