Cara Raether and Lyonell Win $25,000 Smartpak Grand Prix

Cara Raether and Lyonell, owned by Trelawny Farm LLC, placed first in the $25,000 SmartPark Grand Prix, held Thursday, March 5, 2015, at HITS Ocala. (c) ESI Photography
Cara Raether and Lyonell, owned by Trelawny Farm LLC, placed first in the $25,000 SmartPark Grand Prix, held Thursday, March 5, 2015, at HITS Ocala. (c) ESI Photography

Ocala, FL: The fourteen horses in a fast-paced jump-off in Thursday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala led to four lead changes, out of which Cara Raether of North Palm Beach, Florida, riding Lyonell, owned by Trelawny Farm LLC, came out on top. Raether was the fourth to go clear in the jump-off and held on to her lead in 43.049 seconds for the hotly contested win.

In second place was Amanda Flint of Long Valley, New Jersey, riding the Coverboy Group’s Superbad, finishing in 43.338. Rounding out third was Jonathan McCrea of East Windsor, Connecticut, in 43.587 seconds on Aristoteles V, owned by Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables.

During the jump-off, the first to go clear was Dr. Fernando Cardenas of New Hill, North Carolina, riding his own Quincy Car, who stopped the clock at 45.427. His lead was short-lived as McCrea and Aristoteles V went one better, slicing off a fraction of a second. Flint, on Superbad, went even more quickly, and looked impossible to beat until Raether took her shot at the prize. Crossing the timers nearly three-tenths of a second faster, Raether relegated Flint to second place. Jared Petersen of Archer, Florida, riding Derek Petersen’s Titus 2:11, finished fourth with a time of 44.444, dropping Cardenas to fifth place.

Cara Raether and Lyonell, owned by Trelawny Farm LLC, won the blue in the $25,000 SmartPark Grand Prix, held Thursday, March 5, 2015, at HITS Ocala. (c) ESI Photography
Cara Raether and Lyonell, owned by Trelawny Farm LLC, won the blue in the $25,000 SmartPark Grand Prix, held Thursday, March 5, 2015, at HITS Ocala. (c) ESI Photography

After the class, Raether said, “I didn’t think Amanda could be beaten, but my horse has a big stride and I just went with the numbers. The courses have been great all week. They asked the right questions and you could really get going. Lyonell is 14-years-old and I’ve had him for eight years, so we know each other really well.”

Florencio Hernandez, of Mexico City, Mexico, designed the course.
 
$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix - HITS Ocala - Week VIII
Place  Horse  Owner  Rider  Prize  Rd. 1 Faults  JO Faults  JO Time
1 Lyonell  Trelawny Farm LLC  Cara Raether  $7,500  0 0 43.049
2 Superbad  The Coverboy Group     Amanda Flint  $5,500 0     0 43.338
3 Aristoteles V  Candy Tribble & Windsor Show Stables, Inc.  Jonathan McCrea  $3,250 0    0 43.587
4 Titus 2:11  Derek Petersen  Jared Petersen  $2,000 0     0  44.444
5 Quincy Car  Dr. Fernando Cardenas  Dr. Fernando Cardenas  $1,500 0 0     45.427
6 Fleur Roosters Van Betz  Iron Horse Farm  Karina Aziz  $1,250 0 0 50.086
7 Cooper  Devin Ryan  Devin Ryan  $1,000  0  4     42.126
8 VDL Wittinger  Amanda Flint  Amanda Flint  $750  0  4 44.097
9 Cassevel  Hays Investment Corp.  Hunter Holloway  $750  0  4     45.237
10 FVF Sailor Man  Fox View Farm  Maryann Charles  $500  0 4 45.330
11 Tamara 296     Brian Walker  Brian Walker  $500  0  4     46.491
12 Chacco's Goldy  Iron Horse Farm  Karina Aziz  $500  0  4  48.018




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