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.
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