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McLain Ward and Grant Road Partners’ Antares F won Sunday’s $100,000 Strongid® C 2X Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS-on-the-Hudson week VI. On Friday the pair also won the SmartPak Grand Prix. Many came close to clear rounds, but upon completion of the first round, eight riders with four faults apiece returned for a jump-off to determine the winner.
Ward and Antares F made their return to the jump-off fourth and claimed a clear round in 43.797 seconds. Ward’s time was three seconds faster than that of Katy Levy on Vent Du Nord, and Ward took the lead and eventually the victory. Margie Engle aboard Ashland Farms’ Lord Spezi finished with four faults in 45.155 seconds, to claim the third place ribbon.
“Antares F is a great horse,” said Ward. “He’s so fast and I just wanted to put up a challenging time since I knew there were a few really fast ones coming up behind me in the order. You always take a risk of having a rail when you’re going that fast, but I knew this horse was capable of doing it and the plan worked.”
Of course designer Bernardo Cabral’s track Ward said; “I thought Bernardo’s course was excellent. Actually, it was pretty phenomenal,” he said with a smile. “I think we’ve had an epidemic in American show jumping to drop the level of difficulty and not raise the standards to what they should be. We jumped for $100,000 today and I thought the course was very accommodating of that. This is the level we should be competing at.”
Source: Press release from the HITS Media Team
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