Twenty-one horse-and-rider combinations took to the arena at the Murieta Equestrian Center for the El Rancho Futurity Open finals last night, and the excitement didn’t end until the last horse had left the working area. Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Russ Westfall had two horses back-to-back in the second set – Bobs Smart Badger and Medal For Honor.
From draw No. 16, he and Bobs Smart Badger (Rey Dual Badger x Bobs Smart Chance x Bob Acre Doc) marked a 225 to claim the Championship and $11,000 for owners George and Charlene Lane.
The gelding, who was bred by Glade Knight, of Weatherford, Texas, had an Equi-Stat record of $2,400 prior to arriving in Rancho Murieta. Westfall made the finals on him at the West Texas Futurity in August. Bobs Smart Badger’s dam has produced seven money-earners who have garnered more than $213,000 in the cutting pen.
Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Morgan Cromer qualified five horses for the Futurity Open finals and clinched the Reserve title aboard Smooth Catolena. The duo marked a 222 for the title, which was worth $9,500.
Intermediate Open Futurity
Tosten Peterson, of Phoenix, Arizona, had two horses in the Futurity Intermediate Open finals and claimed the top two spots. He marked a 220 on Super X Rey for the Championship and then returned on Highbrow Secret, who he piloted to a 216 and the Reserve title.
Super X Rey earned $3,500 for owner Lenee Allison, and Highbrow Secret took home $3,000 to Dog Tired Ranch. Both horses kick-started their Equi-Stat records while in California. Peterson and Highbrow Secret also made the Futurity Open finals, where they marked a 212.5 and collected an additional $2,750. These checks brought Peterson’s lifetime earnings to more than $35,000.
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