Ocala, FL - The Battle of the Tracys continues at HITS Ocala! In Thursday’s $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, Tracy Fenney and Tracy Magness went head-to-head with Fenney and MTM Centano, owned by MTM Farm, finishing on top by half a second to win their first Grand Prix of the season, while Magness finished in second.
Fenney has been competing at HITS Ocala all season and out of the 11 Grand Prix classes she’s competed in has placed in 10 of them and has finished second four times, including last Sunday’s $50,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, on MTM Timon, leading her to joke at the end of last week’s finish, “I’m always second!” But all that changed on Thursday.
“I’m very excited!” exclaimed Fenney, who, after a quick visit home to Flower Mound, TX, returned to Ocala at 1 am the previous morning, unsure if she would be one of 36 to compete. “The course was pretty nice,” she said. “The jumps were a little wide, which puts you in a few funny spots.”
According to Fenney, 10-year-old MTM Centano was acting a little “spooky” in the first round. “He was a little spookier than I had anticipated in the first round since he hadn’t been ridden in a few days – he hit some jumps,” she explained. “In the jump-off he was a lot more settled and careful.”
The first clear round of the class on a course designed by Olaf Petersen Sr. of Germany, was Michael Morrissey, who owns and shows Crelido. Scott Lenkart on MacMillan SportHorse’s Impulsive produced the next clear round and ensured a jump-off. Alexa Lowe followed Lenkart and went clear aboard Credit Cruise. Eight trips later, Magness joined the group advancing to the jump off with a clean round aboard Mr. and Mrs. John Bartko’s Tarco Van Ter Moude.
Chuck Waters on 747, owned by Chuck and Dana Waters, was the next to go clean in the first round, followed by Manuel Torres on TG Show Stables’ Chambacunero, Fenney on MTM Centano, and Megan Edrick on Procedures Inc.’s Cadence.
Petersen’s jump-off featured seven obstacles and a time allowed of 48 seconds. Morrissey was first to show in the jump off, but was unfortunately eliminated after an unlucky fall and had to settle for an eighth-place finish.
Lenkart was next and had eight faults in a time of 42.34 to finish ahead of Morrissey in seventh. The first double-clear round of the class went to Alexa Lowe, who owns (along with Windsor Farm Sales) and shows Credit Cruise. They set the Great American Time to Beat at 36.11 seconds, which wouldn’t be enough to hold off the “Tracys” so they finished in fourth place.
Magness on Tarco Van Ter Moude followed Lowe with a clean round and immediately took the lead away in a time of 34.36 seconds.
“The course was good, but difficult,” said Magness. “There were some blind angles out there, but I’m lucky to have a 14-year-old seasoned veteran [Tarco Van Ter Moude]. There was only one clear round before me, so I just went as fast as I could and it almost worked out!” she laughed.
Waters and 747 went next, hoping to fly past Magness’ pace, but came up short in 35.72 seconds and finished in third. Torres followed on Chambacunero. The pair had four faults and a time of 34.94 to finish in fifth place.
Going second to last in the jump-off, Fenney took the reins in a fast 33.86 seconds to slip ahead of Magness for the win.
Edrick hoped to use the last to go spot to her advantage, but an unlucky rail down mid-way through the course put her in sixth place.
With only one Grand Prix left in the season this Sunday, both Fenney and Magness are looking forward to a strong finish and, hopefully, to adding some valuable prize money to their standings in the Pfizer Million Eligible Rider Rankings. Going into Sunday’s big-ticket $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group, Fenney is eighth in the Rankings with $40,750 on MTM Timon and Magness is 10th with $39,000 on Tarco Van Ter Moude.
$2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
For the second week in a row, Hugh Graham and Airborne, owned by Julie Firestone, took home the blue in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome. Taking second and third place was Michelle Vandal, who owns and shows Divine Diva and VDL Viper H, respectively.
Leading Mare Award
The Leading Mare Award, sponsored by Equine Medical Center of Ocala Stallion Services, will be crowned this Sunday, and the leading mare will receive a free embryo transfer by Dr. Corey Miller. Currently, Patoille and Moet Walk, shown by David Beisel, and Allison, shown by Callan Solem, are both in the lead.
Music Man Perpetual Trophy
The Music Man Perpetual Trophy, sponsored by the Dolan family, will be awarded this Sunday to the Junior Pony Rider who exhibits the best American style of riding, possessing the respectful, courteous and workmanlike manner of a true sportsman on the 2010 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Last year, the inaugural Music Man Perpetual Trophy went to Ashley Foster.
The Road to the Pfizer Million
There’s only one stop left on the road to the Pfizer Million at HITS Ocala, as the $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group, takes center stage on Sunday.
Don’t miss the biggest event of the season, as WTRS, the official radio station of HITS Ocala, will be on-site to broadcast live, as the winner of the WTRS National Anthem Contest will sing prior to the start of the Grand Prix.
Missed the Grand Prix action? That’s alright – you can watch every Grand Prix at HITS this season on Galopando TV at www.galopandotv.com, either live during the event for a small fee or after the event for no charge. At any time throughout the year, viewers can watch select competitions from HITS Ocala.
In order to qualify for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, a rider must compete in eight or more HITS Grand Prix classes. The top 40 riders, based on money won by horse/rider combination, will be eligible to ride for the Pfizer Million. For more detailed information on the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, please visit our website at HitsShows.com.
HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia. In 2010, HITS will take the industry to new heights when it hosts the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties on September 12.
For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit www.HitsShows.com.
$25,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health
PLACING HORSE OWNER RIDER PRIZE MONEY RD 1 FAULTS JO FAULTS JO TIME
1 MTM Centano MTM Farm Tracy Fenney $7,500 0 0 33.86
2 Tarco Van Ter Moude Mr & Mrs John Bartko Tracy Magness $5,500 0 0 34.36
3 747 Chuck & Dana Waters Chuck N Waters $3,250 0 0 35.72
4 Credit Cruise Alexa Lowe Windsor Farm Sales Alexa Lowe $2,000 0 0 36.11
5 Chambacunero TG Show Stables Manuel Torres $1,500 0 4 34.94
6 Cadence Procedures Inc Megan Edrick $1,250 0 4 36.02
7 Impulsive MacMillan SportHorse Scott Lenkart $1,000 0 8 42.34
8 Crelido Michael Morrissey Michael Morrissey $750 0 Elim
9 Unica Van De Roshoeve Eastwood Group Angela Covert Lawrence $750 4
10 Sampras Alex R. Jayne Charlie Jayne $500 4
11 Cesar Andre Thieme Andre Thieme $500 4
12 Eli Derek Petersen Derek Petersen $500 4
Photos: Tracy Fenney and MTM Centano on course in Thursday's $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS Ocala. © ESI Photography.
Lisa Engel of HITS presents Tracy Fenney and MTM Centano with the award for their victory in $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health.© ESI Photography.