Lorenzo de Luca of Italy becomes the first rider to take victories in first two LGCT legs in Mexico and now Miami Beach, beating German Christian Ahlmann and American Jessica Springsteen. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
The second day of 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour in Miami Beach had Italian Lorenzo de Luca as winner in the tiebreaker, in a class that distributed 62,400 Euros that he was able to add 80 World Ranking Points, being the first rider to repeat in consecutive sleeves.
After winning the first leg of Tour in Mexico, he now repeats on beaches of South Beach in Miami, FL obtaining an extraordinary jump-off round with 10-year-old stallion Halifax van het Kluizebos (Heartbreaker x Fetiche du Pas) same horse with which dominated last week, getting a time of 32.64 seconds. For second place former world number 1 and current number 4 Christian Ahlmann of Germany finished in 33.83 seconds his round with 10-year-old stallion Caribis Z (Caritano x Canabis Z) taking 70 World Ranking Points, which were very important as top three rivals McLain Ward, Kent Farrington and Daniel Deusser finished 39th, 31st and 24th respectively.
The Top 5 were completed in third place as best representative of Pan American Ranking American rider Jessica Springsteen with 14-year-old mare Davendy S (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Pachat II) in 34.13 seconds, fourth place was occupied by Nicola Philippaerts of Belgium with 13-year-old mare Ustina Sitte (Clinton x Parco) in 35.03 seconds and fifth yesterday’s winner Harrie Smolders of Netherlands, setting the best time of tiebreaker in 31.87 seconds with 13-year-old gelding Zinius (Nabab of Reve x Kannan), but finished in 4 faults.
This time the Latino’s Ranking representative did not appear within points, but Brazilian Yuri Mansur was close in 17th place, totaling 12 fouls in jump-off round with Quartz de la Lande (Jenny de la Cense x Timorrak Des Isles), followed by his fellowmen Eduardo Menezes in box 43rd, Alberto Michan of Mexico was ranked 46th and Carlos López of Colombia followed in 47th position.