The spectacular Old Salem Farm was the backdrop for sensational show jumping action on the second day of The American Gold Cup in North Salem, NY. Forty-six riders took to the field in the warm afternoon sun for the Danbury Porsche Audi $10,000 1.45m Speed Stake held in the Grand Prix ring. Jonathan McCrea edged out the competion on Twisther with a time of 66.156."You know, I think I'm lucky with Twisther," McCrea said. "He's a specalist in these classes and he's going to win every time. I'm lucky. We work well together. He won in New Hampshire and he won in Spruce Meadows and I was second in in the $30,000 Saturday Grand Prix in The Hamptons−the fastest time by three and a half seconds. He's just a winner."
McCrea explained more about what he meant when he called the horse a specialist. "He's a specialist at this height and speed," he continued. "He looks big and slow and he's got a big step. He's always following my eye where I go. He's deceivingly fast is, I guess, the best way to put it." McCrea said Twisther likes the grass field at Old Salem and that the course, designed by Steve Stephens, was fair and offered a couple of great options to shave off valuable time.
"In the end, I think most people ended up doing the leave-out from [jump] two to [jump ]three, if they were going to win," he explained. "And also they did the double verticals to the oxer. The in-and-out at the gate I thought was a little tricky with the ground and the way he positioned it. But I thought it was fair−a fair course. It was nice." He continued with his rundown of his ride. "You know, I think the Irish in me helped me a little bit in jumping on the bank," he said. "At the turn down there, I got lucky. He slipped a little bit and it worked out well. "Happy to be at Old Salem for the first time, McCrea lives just two hours away. He was impressed with the new American Gold Cup venue. "Just look at everything," McCrea urged. "It's great. The way they presented the ring, the fences, the vendor tents. The whole setup is awesome."
McCrea said The American Gold Cup holds a special place in his heart now that he is an American citizen. He talk about his plans for the rest of the week, including his plan to ride Colorado in Friday's $50,00 American Gold Cup Qualifier and Sunday's $200,00 American Gold Cup CSI 4*. "He's my best horse," he explained. "I'll do him tomorrow and see about Sunday. Then he's got five weeks off. Every time he steps up, he gets it done."
Also scoring under 67 seconds in the 1.45m Speed Stake was McLain Ward with a 66.356 to place second on Rothchild and Tracey Fenney with a 66.867 to take home the third aboard MTM Centano. Ward won the Hallway Feed & KER Sport Horse Nutrition Open Jumpers on Wednesday and by two-tenths of a second missed out on two wins in a row.
Results for The American Gold Cup are available at www.ShowNet.biz.
Results - Class 106, $10,000 1.45m Speed Stake Table II, Sec 1 -46 starters
1 237 TWISTHER - JONATHAN MCCREA - 0 66.156
2 94 ROTHCHILD - MCLAIN WARD - 0 66.356
3 463 MTM CENTANO - TRACY FENNEY - 0 66.887
4 106 EXECUTIVE PRIVILEDGE 3E - MOLLY ASHE-CAWLEY - 0 71.389
5 428 ATTACK II - AMANDA DERBYSHIRE - 0 72.657
6 120 AMADORA - BEEZIE MADDEN - 0 72.831
7 121 WRIGLEY - CALLIE SCHOTT - 0 73.450
8 118 VANILLA - BEEZIE MADDEN - 0 75.168
9 411 NOPUS DU GUE JOUBERT - HILLARY SIMPSON - 0 75.969
10 451 ZILOX T - TODD MINIKUS - 4 64.881
11 153 SOLERINA - SHANE SWEETNAM - 4 64.968
12 163 ONISHA - REED KESSLER - 4 68.206
13 235 AVENIR - CHRISTINE MCCREA - 4 69.101
14 176 WITH WINGS - KAREN POLLE - 4 69.155
15 239 ZERLY - CHRISTINE MCCREA - 4 71.762
16 204 ZINNIA - ANDREW WELLES - 4 74.470
17 175 UDONNAY Z - ANNE KURSINSKI - 4 75.061
18 260 SCARFACE - NIC DELLOJOIO - 4 75.520
19 184 S & L ELITE - DARRAGH KERINS - 5 83.710
20 20 TALOUBET - PAULO SANTANA, FILHO - 7 85.533
Source: Press release from Phelbs Media Group, Inc.
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