McLain Ward made up for a mistake in last night's class when he and Zander had a rail at the last jump to finish second behind Eric Lamaze. In the $33,500 Westmoreland Cup 1.50m, Ward was extremely fast throughout the jump-off course but slowed down to the final vertical, leaving it up and stopping the timers in 31.23 seconds for the win.
"I screwed up in last night's class," Ward admitted. "It felt good (today), but I took a pull to the last!" Despite easing off the pace a bit to the last jump, Ward beat a solid field of competitors. "I knew there were fast ones coming, particularly Darragh. He was good this morning. Eric's horse is very fast, and obviously he's on a roll," he acknowledged. "I just got a little bit lucky."
Second place went to Lamaze and new mount Fine Lady 5, owned by Artisan Farms LLC. They were just off the pace in 31.30 seconds. Three-tenths of a second slower in 31.67 seconds, Darragh Kenny and Sans Souci Z, owned by Caroline Lloyd, was third.
Ward and Zander took the option at fence 8 on course, the Devil's Dyke, to prepare for Sunday's $210,000 CNOOC Nexen Cup Derby. Ward didn't mind riding in the rain and cooler weather today either. "It gets warmer and the show gets better with every win!" he joked.
Final Results: $33,500 Westmoreland Cup 1.50m
1 ZANDER: Dutch Warmblood / G / 10 Cantos x Saygon
MCLAIN WARD (USA), McLain Ward & Grand Road Parters LLC: 0/0/31.23
2 FINE LADY 5: Hanoverian / M / 11 Forsyth x Hauptstutbuch
ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/0/31.30
3 SANS SOUCI Z: Zangersheide / G / 11 Surrealist vh Paradijs x Voltaire
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Caroline Lloyd: 0/0/31.67
4 ANTARES: KWPN / G / 9 Manhattan x Cavalier
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), Stal Thijssen: 0/0/34.44
5 QUILEBO DU TILLARD: Selle Francais / G / 10 For Pleasure x Quat Sous
ENRIQUE GONZALEZ (MEX), Enrique Gonzalez: 0/0/35.28
6 MARTHA LOUISE: Swedish Warmblood / M / 10 Maloubet de Pleville x Wolfgang
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan & Ariel Grange: 0/4/31.83
7 URAGUAY: Dutch Warmblood / G / 10 Nairobi x Colino
RICHARD SPOONER (USA), Legacy Stables LLC: 0/4/32.47
8 LEAP OF JOY: Holstein / G / 13 Lovari x Silbersee
CHARLIE JACOBS (USA), Deeridge Farms: 0/4/32.86
9 AMBOSELL I: Dutch Warmblood / G / 9 Silverstone x Lancelot
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), Pablo Barrios: 0/4/33.13
10 PROF DE LA ROQUE: Selle Francais / G / 11 Kannan x Damiro
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Postage Stamp Farm LLC: 0/4/33.55
11 UTAH: Dutch Warmblood / G / 13 Andiamo x Jus de Pomme
LESLIE HOWARD (USA), Utah Group: 0/4/34.85
12 ANTON: Warmblood / G / 10 Marlone x Orville
JAIME AZCARRAGA (MEX), Jaime Azcarraga: 0/4/36.88
Darragh Kenny Leads First Victory Gallop in the International Ring
The $33,500 ATCO Pipelines Cup 1.45m had a large starting field of 71 entries, and 23 of those moved on to the jump-off. The early leader was Frances Land (USA), who set a blistering pace of 41.40 seconds with Vieanne, which would hold up for second place at the end of the class.
The only one to come close to Land's time was Darragh Kenny, who rides for Ireland but is based in the United States. He and Picolo, an 11-year-old Warmblood gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Alme owned by his Oakland Ventures LLC, were so smooth and quick that even Kenny didn't know he was fast enough to win. They stopped the timers in 41.04 seconds for victory.
Before he went in for the jump-off, Kenny said, "I really thought I couldn't be faster than Frances; she was amazingly fast. I just thought, 'Ok, I'll go as quick as I can go and see how it keeps going.' He's very, very quick across the ground and quick across the jumps, so that helps him."
During the jump-off, he still wasn't sure. "Actually, I turned back to the last double (combination) and was like, 'I think I'm too slow.' The announcer said something, but I couldn't really hear it so I didn't know. I was like, 'I'm just going to keep going and hope for the best!'" he smiled.
Kenny found Picolo a year ago during the off week of the Spruce Meadows Summer Series. He traveled to Europe and found him through a friend from Cedric Angot. After treating Picolo's ulcers, Kenny said he has returned to normal and has shown he's back to his winning ways.
"He's a super horse, and I really think a lot of him. He always tries to win. He's so good like that. I'm surprised he did it today. It's his first day in the ring," Kenny revealed. "This 1.45m-1.50m, that's his division. He's competitive at that. I didn't really buy him to be a top grand prix horse; I bought him to win classes, and that's what he does."
This is Kenny's first win in the International Ring. "It's definitely one of the best ways to spend a rainy afternoon! It's an amazing feeling," he remarked.
Final Results: $33,500 ATCO Pipelines Cup 1.45m
1 PICOLO: Warmblood / G / 11 Diamant De Semilly x Alme
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Oakland Ventures LLC: 0/0/41.04
2 VIEANNE: Dutch Warmblood / M / 12 Andiamo x Voltaire
FRANCES LAND (USA), Frances Land: 0/0/41.40
3 GAME READY: Dutch Warmblood / G / 14 Andiamo x Polydox
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan Grange: 0/0/43.18
4 RAGING BULL VANGELIS S: Belgian Warmblood / S / 16 Nonstop x Indocrtro
NAYEL NASSAR (EGY), Nayel Nassar: 0/0/44.47
5 BROOKLYN BLUES: Warmblood / M / 10 Balou du Rouet x Fruhlingsball
YANN CANDELE (CAN), Carol A. Sollak: 0/0/44.88
6 CORCEGA LA SILLA: Holstein / M / 10 Casall la Silla x Candillo
ANTONIO CHEDRAUI (MEX), Antonio Chedraui: 0/0/44.98
7 ROMEO: Dutch Warmblood / G / 16 Cantero x Unknown
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), The Romeo Group: 0/0/45.07
8 QUIDAM BLUE: Hanoverian / S / 9 Quidam's Rubin x Come On
JILL HENSELWOOD (CAN), Ute Brinkmann: 0/0/45.22
9 ARISTOTELES V: Dutch Warmblood / S / 9 Padinus x Lux
JONATHAN MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 0/0/52.65
10 ZEUS DU BUISON Z: Zangersheide / G / 10 Zandor Z x Kodarco
SANTIAGO LAMBRE (MEX), Santiago Lambre: 0/4/42.32
11 WAOMI: Dutch Warmblood / M / 11 Lupicor x Boreas
MEAGAN NUSZ (USA), Amalaya Investments: 0/4/43.44
12 HH WHISKY ROYALE: Zangersheide / G / 9 Wonderful Vant Beugelhof x Kannan
QUENTIN JUDGE (USA), Double H Farm: 0/4/43.80
Source: Press release from Spruce Meadows.
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