Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas again jumped to a win with MTM Farm's MTM Timon on Sunday in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, picking up her third grand prix victory of the 2014 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit.
MTM Timon, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, has been partner to Fenney for countless grand prix wins, as well as jumping at the highest tier of the sport. The pair has had three top-twenty finishes in the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix, in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Doug Russell of Ocala, Florida designed a technical course that presented 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts to a field of 29. Scott Keach of Reddick, Florida proved early that the course could be conquered when he rode clear in the first trip of the order aboard Southern Cross' Fedor. He was later joined by eight pairs, including Fenney, to stage a nine-horse jump-off.
The jump-off course proved to be a challenge with the first six riders picking up faults. Hugh Graham of Reddick, Florida was first to ride clear, setting the Great American Time to Beat at 44.99 seconds with Julie Firestone's Airborne. Fenney returned next with only one pair to ride behind her. She and MTM Timon shaved over one second off Graham's time, stopping the clock in 43.01 seconds to move into the top spot and drop Graham to second. Jordan Coyne of New Port Richey, Florida did her best to challenge and went clean in the irons of her own Lazaro with a time of 45.57 seconds, which was good enough for third.
Jared Petersen of Archer, Florida piloted Derek Petersen's Titus 2:11 to four faults and a time of 45.10 seconds in the jump-off to finish fourth. Keach and Fedor capped the top five with a four-fault jump-off round in 45.29 seconds.
Known for being notoriously hard to beat in the jump-off, Fenney is gearing up for the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix at the conclusion of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit before heading north to jump at HITS-on-the-Hudson and make her fourth appearance in the coveted Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix in September.
Source: Press release from HITS, Inc.
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