Ocala, FL (February 8, 2015): Lisa Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, is on a hot streak at HITS Ocala Winter Circuit winning the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome on Wednesday with Rocs to Riches and the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix on Thursday with Morocco.
Twenty four horse and rider combinations attempted Bernardo Cabral’s course of 15 efforts set at 1.45-1.50 meters for the opportunity to take home their share of the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix prize purse. Twelve riders had clear first round efforts and went on to the jump off.
“Every one of these horses is capable of being the winner. It just depends on whose day it is,” said onlooker Michael McCormick of MTM Farms.
The jump off was a footrace with all twelve taking short turns and gallops at every available opportunity. The abbreviated course included Fences 1 and 2 with an optional inside turn to a vertical across the middle, which caused the lions’ share of faults. The course continued with a left roll back to the newly introduced Adequan jump and another left to the original Number 4 oxer. The finale included a line from 11a to 11b and a strong gallop to Fence 12.
“It’s ok for me that a bunch went clean because my horse is a speedball,” said Goldman. “I‘ve really liked the courses so far this week. They ride really well. I love it here at HITS.”
David Beisel on Call Me Hannes was first to go in the jump off and finished with four faults and a time of 43.424 to finish tenth. Next up was speedster Lisa Goldman on Morocco who took all the inside turns and encouraged her horse the whole way to go as fast as he could, ultimately setting the Great American Time to Beat at 39.474.
Ten more riders unsuccessfully tried to catch Morocco’s time, including Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas. Fenney, fresh off her second place finish in the HITS Ocala Week III $50,000 Grand Prix, came close riding MTM Centano, owned by MTM Farm. She stopped the clock at 41.187 on the big strided bay with a clean round and second place.
Laura Linback of Mundelein, Illinois, on Woodrun’s stallion HH Dauphin had a clean jump off round with a time of 41.615 to finish third. Amanda Flint of Long Valley, New Jersey, riding The Coverboy Group’s Balotan had a tidy clear on a pretty grey in 42.134 for fourth place.
Jerome Navet, nephew of World Champion Eric Navet, riding OnlyJumpers.com’s Sirius Brown was also clear in a time of 43.866 to finish fifth. Thursday’s SmartPak Grand Prix was Navet’s first time showing in the U.S.
Hunter Holloway of Topeka, Kansas, had four faults on each of Hays Investment Corporation’s horses finishing sixth on Any Given Sunday in a class leading time of 38.310 and seventh with I Love Lucy in 40.523.