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Ward Cruise's to Victory Again in $10,000 Speed Stake at CN Wellington Open

Louis Jacobs and Kachina Post Win in $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic

Wellington, FL – March 9, 2007 – Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward (USA) and Summer Storm sped around today’s $10,000 Speed Stake CSIO for their second speed class win of the week at the CN Wellington Open CSIO 5*, presented by Cosequin. Ward finished in front of Kent Farrington (USA) and Super Girl and Lauren Hough (USA) on Rodos.

Today’s speed course was designed by Jose Gamarra (BOL) and featured 12 numbered jumps with 14 jumping efforts. The course featured an option line on fences seven and eight that gave riders a choice of two different lines. With a generous time allowed of 84 seconds, there were 12 clear rounds out of 27 entries. There was one retirement and an elimination on course.

Yann Candele (FRA) and Bequia set the early lead out of the second position in the order in a time of 68.09 seconds. Two horses later, the time was lowered by Farrington and Super Girl, owned by Comfortside Farm. Farrington chose the vertical to oxer option on course and crossed the timers in a speedy 67.75 seconds.

While multiple clear rounds would follow Farrington, none came close to his time until Ward entered the ring. He revved up Summer Storm from the get-go and despite a slip in the turn from the tight two stride to fence five, Ward did not let up on his hasty pace. Ward chose the oxer to oxer option and when it was all said and done, he had posted a time of 65.93 seconds. Hough and Victoria D’Agostino’s Rodos were the only serious challengers left and they made a good bid, but finished in 67.93 seconds.

“He was actually better today,” Ward said afterwards. “He jumped a really good round.” Ward had not seen Farrington’s ride, but knew the option he wanted to take and what time he had to beat. “I had an idea of the time. This is a fast horse, so I wanted to keep my turns really tight. I know Kent did the outside vertical option, and that’s why I took the inside option. I didn’t want to go full bore with the conditions the way they are,” he explained.

While the new pair had great success this week, Ward will most likely not show the ten-year-old Warmblood gelding again unless he is asked. Summer Storm is owned by Shaine Brooks and normally shown by rider Amy Momrow. “This is just for a couple of weeks. This is Amy’s horse. I helped her a little bit at the beginning of circuit and as I said, they’re kind enough to allow me to use him here because I was a little bit short of horses. He’s filled in beautifully,” he related.

Ward never enters a class to ride for second place, but did admit he did not expect to win both speed classes this week. “I have to say by nature, I never at the beginning think I’m going to win anything,” he divulged. “I always try to prepare well. When I do go in the ring, my competitive nature takes over, and I think I can win. But, thinking you can and doing it are a long way apart. When I come to a big show like this, I come to be competitive.”

Another competitive rider at the Winter Equestrian Festival is Louis Jacobs of East Aurora, NY. On Kachina, owned by Deeridge Farm, Jacobs topped a field of 59 entries for the win in the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHOF) High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Jacobs came back in the jump-off to post the only double clear round and finished in a time of 43.828 seconds. Larone and Tracey Weinberg were the fastest four-faulters in the jump-off with a time of 39.499 seconds, while Ashley Baker and Garibaldi had one rail and finished in 41.738 seconds.

Of this morning’s course, Jacobs said, “I thought it was very tricky. With 59 strong horses, I thought it was everything: tight time, jumps were big enough, it was fairly technical. The footing is definitely deteriorating in the ring, and I think that made it that much trickier.”

Jacobs has owned the nine-year-old Selle Francais mare for almost two years and was confident that her scope would help in today’s class. “It was funny because she’s not usually the quickest horse, but she’s got a tremendous amount of scope. To be honest with you, I tried to go for a fast round. Coming around these turns, she slipped and lost her hind end. She is a horse with the kind of scope where I can keep kicking and she can add and still get up over the scopey oxers, despite the fact that we’re getting there at a weak distance. I was very fortunate to be sitting on her today.”

The highlight event of the week, the $75,000 Nations’ Cup CSIO 5* presented by CN, will start at 7 p.m. tonight. The international jumpers will compete tomorrow in the 1.50m Jumper Classic CSIO at 1 p.m., while the national jumpers will have their own CN Jumper Classic to start the day at 9 a.m.

RESULTS: $10,000 SPEED STAKE CSIO FEI TABLE A ART 238.2.1

1 124 SUMMER STORM MCLAIN WARD SHAINE BROOKS-0 /65.930

2 2117 SUPER GIRL KENT FARRINGTON COMFORTSIDE FM-0 /67.750

3 429 RODOS LAUREN HOUGH VICTORIA D'AGOSTINO-0 /67.930

4 655 BEQUIA YANN CANDELE SUSAN GRANGE -0 /68.090

5 2769 GERRY MAGUIRE ROBERT SMITH BROOK FURLONG -0/68.520

6 2766 NIRMETTE MARKUS FUCHS JURI ADOLFO-0 /70.830

7 2757 STAPP'S AEROCBIC WILL SCHELLEKENS-0 /72.070

8 1513 RANVILLE FRANKIE CHESLER ORTIZ SHER AL-0 /73.810

9 883 PRIMO JONATHAN MCCREA CANDY TRIBBLE -0 /73.930

10 226 CURIOSO Z PABLO BARRIOS SPLIT CREEK FARM -0 /74.390

11 2279 CEDRIC LAURA KRAUT K & H ENTERPRISES -0 /74.820

12 2272 COTTON CANDY 2 DE KATHERINE MIRACLE -0 /82.780

$10,000 HIGH A-O SHOW JUMPING HALL OF FAME CLASSIC TIME FIRST JUMP-OFF

1 323 KACHINA LOUIS JACOBS DEERIDGE FARM - 0 -0 /43.828

2 936 LARONE TRACEY WEINBERG TRACEY WEINBERG - 0 -4 /39.499

3 941 GARIBALDI ASHLEY BAKER ASHLEY BAKER - 0 -4 /41.738

4 285 SUBLIEM WHITNEY WEEKS WHITNEY WEEKS - 0 -8 /41.066

5 1568 MELBOURNE LOUISE OTTEN NO TRUMP FARM LLC -0 -8 /41.644

6 172 REMONTA ESCAUPIL LEO PAOLI LEO PAOLI - 0 -8 /43.064

7 937 LINDA Z TRACEY WEINBERG TRACEY WEINBERG -0 -8 /43.523

8 3589 JAMAIS ANDRES RODRIGUEZ ANDRES RODRIGUEZ -0 -11 /54.495

9 2635 OMONA A W CAROLYN KELLY LULU EQUESTRN ENT -0 -12 /37.360

10 2299 LA MARTINEE PAIGE JOHNSON SALAMANDER FARM - 0 -12 /41.639

11 975 MILL CREEK SPARKY TONYA HENNING MILL CREEK STABLES-0 -12 /41.698

12 2624 CYPRIA 6 ANDREW WELLES PETER WELLES 0 - /elim

Photo Credit: Summer Storm and McLain Ward, winners of the $10,000 Speed Stake CSIO at the CN Wellington Open CSIO 5*, presented by Cosequin. Photo © 2007 Peter Llewellyn/PMG Pictures.

 

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