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Danielle Torano and Marlo Prevail for Win in $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic at Kentucky Spring Horse Show
Photo: Marlo and Danielle Torano, winners of the $30,000
Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix CSI 3*. Photo (C) 2008 Jenny Ross.
Jennifer Ross of
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Lexington, KY - May 8, 2008 - The $30,000 Hagyard Lexington
Classic Grand Prix CSI 3* took center stage today at the Kentucky Spring Horse
Show, and Danielle Torano of Fort Lauderdale, FL, rode brilliantly for the win.
Torano mastered the course with her mare Marlo and defeated 33 other horse and
rider combinations. Designed by Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth, England,
the course included a double, a triple combination, and an open water jump.
Riders were allowed 90 seconds to complete the first course without penalty,
and only six of the 33 starting entries qualified for the jump-off.
Kevin Babington and Souvenir went second in the order of go
and were first to qualify for the short course. Souvenir is owned by Barbara
Wall Roux of Woodside, CA. Ainsley Vince and her mount
Ronaldo, owned by Ashland Stables in Wellington, FL,
qualified for the tie breaker shortly thereafter, and Sarah Segal jumped
without penalty aboard her horse True Love. Segal resides in New York, NY.
Eight rounds later, Christine McCrea of East Windsor, CT,
and Promised Land joined the short list, and Robin Sweely soon added her name
to it when she went clear with Acorn Hill Farm's Qarco V'T Merlenest. Sweely
resides in Madison, VA. Danielle Torano and Marlo perfected
their first course as well, and these top six prepared to face off for the win.
Babington and Souvenir were first to revisit the arena, and
they jumped well until an unfortunate rail fell at fence 7, a yellow and black
oxer with a liverpool. They clocked in at 38.88 seconds. Vince was next in
line, and she too accrued four faults; however, her rail came down at fence 10,
a green and white vertical following the combination at 9ab. Her time of 36.29
seconds placed her at the top of the standings, but the lead quickly changed
hands. Segal and True Love sped around the course energetically and galloped up
to the last oxer, clearing the jumps and mastering Jeffery's track in 37.32
The top position was modified once again when McCrea raced
from start to finish, opening Promised Land's stride through the turns and
galloping forward. The rail of the vertical at 9b spun in its cups as Promised
Land's hoof grazed the top of it, but the obstacle stayed up. McCrea soared
home in 35.24 seconds, taking over the lead.
Sweely took a safe approach in the jump-off and, with a
slower pace, left all of the fences intact. Qarco V'T Merlenest stopped the
clock in 39.29 seconds, which would hold up for fourth place. Torano and Marlo
were the last to compete in the jump-off, and their timing on course was
impeccable. With tight turns and a solid pace, Marlo's large stride covered the
ground quickly and she skyrocketed over the fences. Her scope and speed
complemented Torano's talent and determination today, and together Torano and
Marlo perfected Jeffery's jump-off for the victory.
"This was my first class on her here," beamed Torano after
her win. "Marlo just flew back from the World Cup Finals in Sweden; I took her as a second
horse. She's gotten really consistent for me and feels really good. I started
riding her in Florida.
She was bought for me two years ago, but I had a hard time riding her because
she was so big," she explained. "So [my husband] Jimmy took her over, and he
rode her for about two years, I would say, and then I started."
Torano discussed Jeffery's course and how it rode for Marlo.
"She's got a really big stride, and there were a lot of places where you had to
just keep cantering. There were a couple tight lines, but she came back pretty
well in both of them. It felt really nice and easy, and she jumped everything
easily. It just felt really good."
Today's $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix CSI 3*
is one of seven classes that comprise the Hagyard Challenge Series, a series of
major show jumping competitions held throughout the summer at the Kentucky
Horse Park. The series, sponsored by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, features
$215,000 in prize money.
The top competitor of the Hagyard Challenge Series will
receive a $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus, which will be presented after the final
event in the succession.
The Kentucky Spring Horse Show will continue through Sunday,
May 11, at the Kentucky
and the Kentucky Spring Classic will be held next week from May 14-18.
Highlights include the $55,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix CSI 3*, next Thursday's
$30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix CSI 3*, and the $55,000 Mary Rena
Murphy Grand Prix CSI 3*, which is a member event of the AGA Grand Prix Series.
Results of Class 231
- $30,000 Hagyard Lexington
Classic II, Sec. 2(a)
T/A: 90.00 T/A: 42.00
1 1168 MARLO DANIELLE TORANO 0.00 85.04 0.00 34.96
JIMMY TORANO AND DANIELLE
2 617 PROMISED LAND CHRISTINE MCCREA 0.00 87.39 0.00 35.24
CANDY TRIBBLE & WINDSOR S
3 766 TRUE LOVE SARAH SEGAL
0.00 83.71 0.00 37.32
4 384 QARCO V'T MERLENEST ROBIN SWEELY 0.00 88.03 0.00 39.29
ACORN HILL FARM
5 1327 RONALDO AINSLEY VINCE 0.00 85.23 4.00 36.29
6 545 SOUVENIR KEVIN BABINGTON 0.00 89.19 4.00 38.88
BARBARA WALL ROUX
7 250 SKARA GLEN'S DAVOS CANDICE KING 1.00 91.89
SKARA GLEN STABLES
8 553 LA GRAN PABLO BARRIOS 4.00 82.87
9 861 SYDNEY
RAMIRO QUINTANA 4.00 82.99
10 293 ULTIMO VAN FER MONDE TODD MINIKUS 4.00 83.60
TODD MINIKUS LTD
11 324 QUIBBLE N PAIGE JOHNSON 4.00 83.89
12 1205 HIDDEN
CREEK'S PAMINA L MARGIE ENGLE 4.00 84.59
HIDDEN CREEK FARM
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