Saugerties, NY (June 2, 2015): Wrapping up an exciting week, Patricia Griffith and Bellagio, owned by Zoe Ganek, won the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix on Saturday, topping a large field of 36 competitors. "That was a fun class," she said. "Bellagio is a very experienced horse."
At the end of the first round, Griffith was behind second place finisher Jeffery Welles by one point, with a score of 87 to his 88. Griffith and Bellagio earned an 87 again in round two to top Welles and Millcreek Golden Time, owned by Millcreek Stables, by just one point, 174 to 173.
Rounding out third place was McKayla Langmeier on Ilyana, owned by Linda Langmeier. The pair finished both rounds with a total 169.5.
Bellagio, a 10-year-old 16.2 hand gelding, stables at Heritage Farm in Katonah, New York, where Griffith trains and rides. "He's done hunters and equitation," Griffith said. "I normally don’t get to show him but he was fun and easy and the course flowed nice."
Griffith attributed the win to Bellagio’s no-nonsense style. "He lets you ride him with a loose rein; he's so pretty. You can ride him with very little hand, you basically just steer him around," she said.
The Devoucoux Hunter Prix is held weekly at HITS-on-the-Hudson. In weeks three and six, the prize increases to $10,000. The Devoucoux Hunter Prix is a qualifier for the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final held here on September 4-6 during the HITS Championship.
Place Horse Owner Rider Prize Rd. 1/2 Total
1 Bellagio Zoe Ganek Patricia Griffith $1,500 87/87 174
2 Millcreek Golden Time Millcreek Stables Jeffery Welles $1,000 88/85 173
3 Ilyana Linda Langmeier McKayla Langmeier $700 84.5/85 169.5
4 The Graduate Nancy Van Inwegen Jenny Fischer $500 85.5/83 168.5
5 Levland The Levland Group Peter Wylde $400 85/81 166
6 Zandor Emily Sun Dottie Areson $350 81/81 162
7 Cascor's Splendor Maria Moalli David Oliynyk $275 79/81 160
8 Chiquita Louisa Kania Kristen Bumpus $275 78.5/80 158.5