Italian rider Juan Carlos Garcia finished at top of final class on first day of the Masters Tournaments in Calgary. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
Italian rider Juan Carlos Garcia finished at the head of the $86,600 Akita Trilling Cup, to surpass a group of the world best riders in the Masters of Calgary.
International Ring being the stage for the conclusion of first day at Spruce Meadows, under course design by Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela, Juan Carlos Garcia shone in the jump-off to stop the clock in 36.51 seconds.
Presenting with the 11-year-old stallion Gitano V Berkenbroeck (Nabab de Reve x Ti Amo Van Het Lambroeck) owned by Suny Riiccioni, Juan Carlos Garcia took 80 World Ranking Points, surpassing by only 25 hundredths of a second Swedish Henrik von Eckermann with the 10-year-old gelding Chacanno (Chacco-Blue x Kannan), finishing his round in 36.76 seconds.
Today’s first-time winner Luciana Diniz of Portugal finished third with the 19-year-old stallion Winningmood (Darco x Cassini I) stopping the clock in 36.83 seconds, followed by Spanish rider Sergio Alvarez Moya who was accompanied by the 9-year-old mare G&C Unicstar de Laumone (Ninio de Rox x Timorrak des isles) in 37.20 seconds and closed the Top 5 table American Lauren Hough with the 12-year-old mare Waterford (Coolcorron Cool Diamond x Julio Mariner XX) in 37.73 seconds.
The best jump-off time was for world No. 2 Lorenzo de Luca of Italy in 35.62 seconds, but a demolition left them in seventh place with the 11-year-old gelding Limestone Gray (Try-Time).
For Latino Ranking highlighted Brazilian rider Yuri Mansur with the 10-year-old gelding Inferno (Incolor x Italic des Salines), completing his field in 14 fouls as the last jump-off round in ninth place. His fellowman Rodrigo Lambre finished 25th out of points with the 10-year-old gelding Coleman (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Indorado) with a total of 5 fouls, Mexican rider Mario Onate accumulated 7 fouls in 30th place with the 11-year-old gelding Velini (Cheers Cassini x Kigali), also Mexican Antonio Chedraui did it in 9 fouls for 33rd with the 11-year-old gelding Ninloubet (Nintender x Galoubet A) and Latino Ranking Leader Pedro Veniss of Brazil registered 13 fouls in 38th with the 12-year-old mare For Felicila (For Pleasure x Espri).
Best seed and World number 1 Kent Farrington of the United States, had no more trouble with the 11-year-old Gazelle (Kashmir van Shuttershof x Indoctro), finishing 24th with 5 fouls.