Kidd Kat Sugar and Rodrigo Taboga won the Futurity Open at the Southern Cutting Futurity. • Photo by S. Sylvester Photography.

Kidd Kat Sugar Wins Southern Cutting Futurity Open

Kidd Kat Sugar broke through with his biggest lifetime win with trainer Rodrigo Taboga at the Southern Cutting Futurity.

Taboga and the son of National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Horse of the Year Kit Kat Sugar won the Futurity Open with a score of 222, defeating Reserve Champions Knicks N Lakers and Guy Woods by four points on Wednesday, Oct. 27 in Jackson, Mississippi.

It was the cherry on top of a huge show for the horse, who also earned the Southern Cutting Futurity Non-Pro Championship with owner Missy Jean Etheridge.

The two class wins — plus Stallion and Gelding incentives — added more than $39,000 to the horse’s lifetime earnings.

Earlier Starts

Before the Southern, Kidd Kat Sugar earned money with both Etheridge, as well as Taboga.

Etheridge rode the horse to victory in the Non-Pro at this year’s Cotton Stakes. Taboga and the horse finished third in the Intermediate Open at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Futurity, also winning the Gelding Incentive for that class.

Kidd Kat Sugar’s Pedigree

Kidd Kat Sugar is one of two money-earning performers out of the mare Haidandsmoke, a daughter of Smart Smokin Pep. He now has a lifetime Equi-Stat record of $56,784.

The mare’s leading earner is NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist Barney Ross ($91,152, by Bamacat).

Open Reserve Champions

Southern Cutting Futurity Open Reserve Champion Knicks N Lakers is a son of Laker Doc and out of Snicker Bar Ichi (by Cat Ichi).

The $14,300 second-place check he and trainer Guy Woods earned in Jackson pushed his lifetime earnings to more than $23,287.

The 3-year-old stallion was bred by his owner, EE Ranches Inc., of Addison, Texas.