Six-year-old mare Sly Playgirl and her career-long trainer Jaime Snider won Tuesday’s Brazos Bash Classic Open finals with a 228 to earn $20,000 with their best and perhaps last competitive cutting run.
“This is probably her last show,” Snider said of the career earner of more than $330,000. “She’ll probably be retired and just be a broodmare.”
“Grace,” owned by non-pro cutter Luis DeArmas, of Boca Rotan, Fla., and a big winner with DeArmas in the saddle, too, already has one weanling foal. She has four embryo transfer foals expected next year.
Sly Playgirl, bred by Slate River Ranch of Weatherford, Texas, is sired by That Sly Cat and out of the Freckles Playboy mare Taquitas Playgirl. Snider and his wife, Ashley, who live in Lipan, Texas, bought Taquitas Playgirl last year. They now own a weanling full brother to Sly Playgirl.
Sly Playgirl, along with ongoing support from her owner, helped Snider evolve from a struggling young trainer to an established one who has now earned more than $600,000.
“She was the first horse I ever won a major aged event on,” Snider said. “She pretty much made my program what it is today. And of course Luis [DeArmas] has been great. Without his support and backing, we wouldn’t be here today.”
While they’ve competed well at many past shows, neither Sly Playgirl nor Snider had ever recorded a score as high as 228. “We cut some pretty tough cows and she handled it nicely. I can’t say enough about her,” Snider said. “It was a pretty good one, if it was our last one.”
Dirt In Da Skirt, a 5-year-old mare with just $16,613 in prior cutting earnings, and Skip Queen, of Allendale, S.C., finished a strong second with a 225 to earn to earn $18,000. The mare is bred and owned by Carroll’s Cutting LLC, of Turkey, N.C.
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