Lisa Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, is on a hot streak with her American breds Morocco and Centurion B at HITS Ocala. Goldman's time of 29.218 seconds in the Brook Ledge Open Welcome on Wednesday was more than two seconds faster than Hoolie Hoo, owned by C.F. Farms, and ridden by Olympic veteran Ian Millar of Canada, who was second with a time of 31.664. Goldman was also third on her own Zacantos Z with a clear jump off time of 31.961.
"I have had both of these horses since they were very young. Morocco is by Roc USA and bred by Nancy Whitehead. He came up through the young jumper ranks and has won Grand Prix all over the place. I don't ever think about going fast with him, he's just a really fast horse. He's a speedball," said Goldman.
Seven of the competitors had clear first rounds with five going double clear. Riders praised the Brook Ledge Open Welcome course designed by Manuel Esparza, of Mexico, who said, "The Welcome Class sets the bar for a great week of competition to come."
The $25,000 Smart Pak Grand Prix, held in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium, boasted 33 competitors vying for their share of the prize money. Goldman came out on top again, this time aboard Centurion B whom she has had since he was a 2-year-old.
Eight riders advanced to the jump off over Esparza's first round course of 15 jumping efforts. Goldman said, "I love Manuel's courses. He's a great course designer. It was bigger than I thought it was going to be. I watched Tracy Fenney go first in the jump off and she was really fast. I didn't think her time could be beaten."
Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas, was aboard last week's HITS $50,000 Grand Prix winner MTM Centano. In the SmartPak Grand Prix, her time of 36.997 earned her second place and $6,500. The jump off was exciting to the end. Goldman was last to go and Centurion B crossed the timers in 36.046 for first place and a check for $7,500. She also praised the sponsor, SmartPak, whose products are used by all the horses in her barn. Ian Millar, of Canada, on Baranus, owned by the Baranus Group, took home a check for $3,250 in third place with a time of 38.270.
Source: Press release from the HITS Media Team
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