The $15,000 DG Ventures Speed Derby drew a total of twenty-one starters to compete over Olaf Petersen, Jr.'s 1.35m derby track that included a total of sixteen numbered obstacles with nineteen jumping efforts. Petersen utilized the big Silver Oak bank and the ditch (or "grob") and a number of natural obstacles on the big grass field. He also employed three double combinations, one early at #3ab, another just before the long home stretch at #12ab and finally as the penultimate elements at #15ab.
Only one entry from today's starting field was able to master the track. With a spotless journey over the grueling test, Fairfield, CT's Cody Auer stormed to victory, completing the course in 93.958 seconds for the win. Cody Auer and Timo won the $15,000 DG Ventures Speed Derby at Silver Oak - photo by Tammy Hardy
"I just wanted to make sure I got the clean round, so I didn't go crazy fast, just neat and tidy," Auer said. "It was a long, tough test, so I was thrilled that Timo jumped around without a fault. It was a very exciting class, a fun one to win."
"Yeah, for sure you get tired after jumping nineteen jumps," she laughed. "It's a long way around a very big grass field."
With just a single knockdown over the long track, Paul Halpern finished second with Kathleen Kamine's Super G. Halpern's time would have been good enough for the win, had the rail not come down. He crossed the finish line in 93.670 seconds, but with the 4 second penalty added for the knockdown, his final time ended up to be 97.670 seconds.
Less than a second behind in third place was Ambitious with Cody Parker riding for Kevin McCarthy. The pair scored a time of 98.278 seconds. Fourth place went to Ollywood's Des Horts, owned by Remarkable Farm LP and ridden by Ramiro Quintana in 99.609 seconds. Rounding out the top six were Cequilla from the Oakland Ventures piloted to fifth place honors by Darragh Kenny (101.149) and Fair Play Farm's The Man to See (102.402) and rider James North.
Source: Press release from Phelps Media Group, Inc. International.