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Greenwich, Connecticut’s Peter Leone Guides Julia Du Brio to $8,000 1.45m Win at WEF

Ward, Engle and Fargis win in three sections of 1.40m Jumpers

Wellington, FL – February 28, 2007 – Peter Leone of Greenwich, Connecticut posted the first win of week number six of the 2007 Winter Equestrian Festival, racing to a nearly wire to wire victory in the $8,000 1.45m Jumpers. Week six of the ten week long festival, the Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters, is underway at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida.

The class scoring was Table II, Sec. 1 - Time First Round. The 2008 Olympic Course Designer for Beijing, Leopoldo Palacios of Caracas, Venezuela, is designing the tests for this week’s Internationale Arena competitors.

In today’s main event, fifty starters lined up for the 8 a.m. start. Of the fifty, twenty horse and rider combinations went fault-free over the speed course, while one had a single time fault, and another eighteen riders had a single knockdown.

Riding out of the fourth spot in the order, Peter Leone posted a pace that wouldn’t be caught throughout the balance of the class. Leone, aboard the big strided Julia Du Brio, whipped around the speed track in a relentless 58.087 seconds. The only one to come close to Leone was Great Britain’s Robert Smith on Gerry Maguire. Smith clocked in 58.644 seconds, 5/10ths of a second off the lead time.

Joe Fargis and his veteran partner Edgar 12 slotted into the third spot on Wednesday, tripping the timers in 59.230 seconds. Chris Kappler and VDL Maseratie were 1.2 seconds behind Fargis in fourth place. Kappler crossed the finish line in 60.458 seconds.

Rounding out the top six in today’s 1.45m Jumpers were Jay Hayes of Canada aboard Livarot HB followed by Lauren Hough and Rodos. Only 6/1000ths of a second separated this duo as Hayes posted a finish time of 61.573 seconds, while Hough clocked in just behind at 61.579 seconds.

Leone wasn’t shocked that his early time was fast enough for today’s victory. “She’s very fast mare with a huge stride. She got a lot of blood from her father’s side,” he said. “I know she’s so fast, so I wasn’t really surprised that she won or her time held up for the win, despite going so early in the class. I’m just very glad it did.”

Leone talked about his partner Julia Du Brio, a 10 year-old French mare and a granddaughter of the great Jalisco. “She arrived here in December of 05 and began showing down here last year with her owner Alexia Simonnard. Alexia went off to college and I’m lucky enough to have the ride on her,” detailed Leone. “She has always, always produced. She was third at Devon, her first time out of the gate with me. She won the Derby at Beacon Hill, and the Derby at the Hampton Classic.”

Leone then spoke of what Leopoldo Palacios brings to the table as this week’s course designer. “They are thinking courses. They are careful courses,’ he said. “They reward experienced riders and the well prepared horse, and on his courses you horse has to be careful. He’s a super course designer and you don’t see too many fluky results when Leopoldo is designing. The good horses normally win when he’s the designer.”

Palacios will set the stage for tomorrow’s featured event, Round VI of the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series, set for a 1 p.m. liftoff at the Internationale Arena.

Rank Num Horse Name NAT Faults Time

Results of Class 1002 - 1.45m II, 1 - Zada Enterprises Wellington Masters -February 28, 2007

T/A: 72.00

1 1342 JULIA DU BRIO PETER LEONE 0.00 58.087 $2375

ALEXIA SIMONNARD

2 2769 GERRY MAGUIRE ROBERT SMITH 0.00 58.644 $1350

BROOK FURLONG FARM

3 923 EDGAR 12 JOE FARGIS 0.00 59.235 $800

MARY B. SCHWAB

4 2628 VDL MASERATIE CHRIS KAPPLER 0.00 60.458 $650

VDL STUD

5 3346 LIVAROT HB JAY HAYES 0.00 61.573 $550

SUMMER HILL FARM

6 429 RODOS LAUREN HOUGH 0.00 61.579 $450

VICTORIA D'AGOSTINO

7 2279 CEDRIC LAURA KRAUT 0.00 62.533 $400

K & H ENTERPRISES

8 960 MALCOLM NORMAN DELLO JOIO 0.00 64.764 $350

MALCOLM GROUP

9 182 GRACE LISA JACQUIN 0.00 64.822 $300

FLINTWOODE FMS LLC

10 2388 INTREPIDE DU VALON ALISON ROBITAILLE 0.00 65.042 $275

BERTRAM FIRESTONE

11 1921 OLE MAC CONE 0.00 65.089 $250

SARA HOUSTOUN

12 188 OBOURG LISA JACQUIN 0.00 65.359 $250

FLINTWOODE FMS LLC

Results of Class 1004 - 1.40m II, 1 – A- Zada Enterprises Wellington Masters - February 28, 2007

T/A: 74.00

1 3083 CHEEKY MCLAIN WARD 0.00 58.614 $1850

MCLAIN WARD

2 1296 SPRITE LAURA CHAPOT 0.00 59.023 $1200

LAURA CHAPOT

3 568 LONE STAR TODD MINIKUS 0.00 60.374 $635

CALLIE SEAMAN

4 2805 MARLO JIMMY TORANO 0.00 61.932 $400

JIMMY TORANO

5 856 COKIO VITZ MAURO ATZERI 0.00 62.428 $325

GREGORY W. GINGERY

6 2281 NOCTURNAL LAURA KRAUT 0.00 63.800 $275

PIN OAK FARM

7 2460 SANTA TERESITA SALAMANCA JAIME GUERRA 0.00 63.862 $275

SANTA TERESITA

8 783 JASON DU BOELE HOLLY MITTEN 0.00 64.011 $250

KATHERINE STEENBERG

9 2755 FLEXPOWER CAMPARI WILJAN LAARAKAERS 0.00 64.666 $250

WILJAN LAARAKAERS

10 1435 OTTALINE JOSE REGA 0.00 65.085 $180

PEPPERCORN LTD.

11 1770 PLENTY ELIZA SHUFORD 0.00 65.123 $180

ELIZA SHUFORD

12 636 RAMBO JONATHON MILLAR 0.00 65.147 $180

MICHAEL ROSS

Results of Class 1004 - 1.40m II, 1 – B -Zada Enterprises Wellington Masters -February 28, 2007

T/A: 69.00

1 2244 HIDDEN CREEK'S CALIPPO 12 MARGIE ENGLE 0.00 54.562

HIDDEN CREEK FARM

2 1747 PEDRO CARA RAETHER 0.00 56.987

TRELAWNY FARM

3 883 PRIMO JONATHAN MCCREA 0.00 57.027

CANDY TRIBBLE

4 1618 CUERVO NERO JEFFERY WELLES 0.00 58.598

FRED CROFT

5 2624 CYPRIA 6 ANDREW WELLES 0.00 59.355

PETER WELLES

6 203 INVITATIONAL LINDA SHERIDAN 0.00 59.547

LINDA SHERIDAN

7 1299 SAMANTHA LAURA CHAPOT 0.00 59.689

SUNDANCE GROUP

8 949 ACERTIJO NORMAN DELLO JOIO 0.00 62.172

J ADALBERTO ROIG JR

9 168 NTEC DANCE & JUMP CHRISTIAN HEINEKING 0.00 62.498

KAI HANDT

10 3080 MAHON POINT MICHAEL MORRISSEY 0.00 64.042

MCLAIN WARD

11 1470 SHERRY B MARIE HECART 0.00 64.997

ASHLAND STABLES

12 27 SHINE OF LIGHT SCOTT KELLER 0.00 65.663

UPPER COVE FARM

Rank Num Horse Name NAT Faults Time

Results of Class 1004 - 1.40m II, 1 – C - Zada Enterprises Wellington Masters - February 28, 2007

T/A: 78.00

1 924 DIAMS III JOE FARGIS 0.00 60.596 $1850

MARY B. SCHWAB

2 1301 CILTHE Z LAURA CHAPOT 0.00 61.486 $1200

MARY CHAPOT

3 2770 COLUMBIA ROBERT SMITH 0.00 62.067 $635

MIKE DAWSON

4 1473 UNCLE SAM ASHLEY FLEISCHHACKER 0.00 64.188 $400

ASHLAND STABLES

5 2284 TOM BOY LOUISE WHITAKER 0.00 67.863 $325

FREEDOM GROUP

6 2293 COROFINA 4 AIMEE ARON 0.00 71.878 $275

AIMEE ARON

7 2280 OLYMPIA LAURA KRAUT 0.00 72.117 $275

PANIC PARTNERS

8 2665 SIR RAMIRO QUINTANA 0.00 73.097 $250

JIMMY TORANO

9 2396 VIA VOLO ALISON ROBITAILLE 0.00 73.162 $250

BERTRAM FIRESTONE

10 650 ROMANOV JONATHON MILLAR 0.00 73.937 $180

MILLAR BROOKE FARM

11 2897 VALENTINO PABLO BARRIOS 0.00 74.084 $180

ERICA PRITZ

12 1967 CATWALK DARRIN DLIN 0.00 74.591 $180

ODYSSEY VENTURE LL



Photo Credit: Peter Leone and Julia Du Brio win 1.45m Jumpers on Wednesday at WEF. Photo © 2007 PhelpsSports.com

 

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