Morgan Cromer marked 225 on Lizzys Gotta Babe to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series Open finals at El Rancho Futurity on September 19.
World Champion One Time Choice finished second with Chubby Turner with a 223, and the recent Idaho Mercuria champion, Peptos Chic Olena, finished thrid with Todd Bimat with a score of 222.5.
It was the first World Series win for Lizzys Gotta Babe, and the second for Cromer, a Hall of Fame Rider who scored at Las Vegas this summer on Woodys Wildest Cat.
Lizzys Gotta Babe is owned by Tim and Missy Drummond of Pawhuska, Oklahoma and was bred by Drummond Land & Cattle Co. The 8-year-old mare is by Lizzys Gotta Player out of Moms Stylish Babe, an NCHA Derby finalist that has produced earners ofÂ $685,000, including Cat Mom Do ($187,000), My Lizzy Babe ($152,000) and Card Trick ($108,000).
Moms Stylish Babe is out of $822,000 producer Playboys Mom. And Playboys Mom was out of NCHA Futurity champion and $426,000 producer Lenaette.
Adan Banuelos won the El Rancho 5/6-year-old with Lizzys Gotta Babe in 2012. The mare has been a Mercuria World Series finalist seven times. Her win with Morgan Cromer will take her earnings over $72,000.
In the Non-Pro division, Non-Pro Hall of Famer Bill Lacy of Crested Butte, Colorado marked 223on Jay Moss Cougar to win by one point over Katie Fonsen Young on For Instance.
Jay Moss Cougar is a homebred 6-year-old by High Brow Cougar out of Ariel Rey, a Dual Rey mare that won the West Texas Futurity and earned $85,000. This was the first Mercuria World Series finals for Jay Moss Cougar, who won the Western States Fall Classic Non-Pro and has been a finalist at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, Pacific Coast Derby, Cattlemen’s Derby, Abilene Spectacular and the Bonanza. The gelding has earned over $66,000.
For Bill Lacy, it was his second Mercuria finals and his second win. He rode Cats Puma to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series in Lyon, France in 2011.