Even Del Mar's own crew of bloodthirsty zombies couldn't stop Vinton Karrasch and Coral Reef Baloufino from delivering a breathtaking clear round well within the time allowed to clinch the win in the Rancho Valencia World Cup Grand Prix of Del Mar this weekend.
An enthusiastic crowd - many in costume - enjoyed seeing 38 of the top Grand Prix riders and horses in the country take on the myriad challenges posed by Marina Azevedo's extremely technical course. Out of 38 entries, only Vinton and Coral Reef Baloufino executed a round that left every rail intact, coming in well under the 74-second time. Duncan McFarlane and his exuberant stallion, Mr. Whoopy delivered a stellar round only 6/100ths of a second over the time. Jenni McCallister and Casseur de Prix also had a clean go, earning a single time fault to take over third place.
Top 10 of the Rancho Valencia World Cup Grand Prix of Del Mar:
Pl Nbr Horse Rider Nat Faults Time
1 176 CORAL REEF BALOU VINTON KARRASCH USA 70.97
2 520 MR. WHOOPY DUNCAN MCFARLANE NZL 1 74.06
3 368 CASSEUR DE PRIX JENNI MCALLISTER USA 1 75.94
4 538 LORDAN NAYEL NASSAR EGY 4 66.9
5 793 QUILEBO DU TILLA ENRIQUE GONZALEZ MEX 4 69.04
6 339 CABALLITO ANDRES RODRIGUEZ VEN 4 69.84
7 789 QUINTOL EDUARDO MENEZES BRA 4 73.28
8 532 CON CAPILOT MANDY PORTER USA 4 73.29
9 243 PRIM'DE LAIRAUD LAURA JANE TIDBAL CAN 5 75.6
10 544 CLINTORD MICHELLE PARKER USA 5 75.66
Source: Press release from West Palms Events Management
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