Olympic medalist and world number 3 McLain Ward led one-two-three-four for the United States at Spruce Meadows. Richard Spooner, Bezzie Madden and Madison Goetzmann followed. Samuel Parot, Jose Alberto Jr Martinez and Andres Azcarraga did the same. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
Three-time Olympic medalist and world number three McLain Ward won the $86,600 Akita Drilling Cup, to lead the one-two-three-four for the United States in Spruce Meadows’ ‘Continental’ CSI 5* week.
Being a speed class rated by Tabla C on course designed by the Venezuelan Leopoldo Palacios, McLain Ward sentenced the final order with a fast round next to the 15-year-old gelding HH Carlos Z (Chellano Z x Voltaire) owned by Double H Farm, registering a time of 67.18 seconds to secure a bag of $28,550 plus 80 World Ranking Points. The result represented the ninth 2017 FEI victory for McLain.
They were followed to complete the top four positions by California’s Richard Spooner in second place, marking a time of 69.19 seconds with 9-year-old gelding Urzo Diso (Numero One D’Iso x Viking D’Oria), followed by Bezzie Madden in time of 70.19 seconds accompanied by the 8-year-old gelding Con Taggio (Contagion x Golliath Life) and in the fourth place the young rider Madison Goetzmann next to the 10-year-old gelding Prestigious (Con Cento x Corofino) in 71.97 seconds completed US dominance.
For the Latino Ranking, Chile’s Samuel Parot scored points in eighth place, after finishing in 70.89 seconds, but had to add 4 more seconds by knockdown, totaling 74.89 seconds with the 12-year-old mare Romance du Criolo (Kannan x Dandy du Plape). He was followed consecutively by the Mexicans José Alberto Jr Martínez with the 11-year-old gelding Sultan du Guerree (Sapir Rouge x Cahntepie) in 75.95 seconds for the ninth place, Andrés Azcárraga accompanied by Al Capone (Candillo x Argentinus) a 11-year-old stallion owned by Jaime Azcarraga in tenth and in a distant 15th place, but within points the Brazilian Pedro Veniss in 76.97 seconds with the 9-year-old mare Cheindira (Chagall vd Burggrave x Darco).
The best seed of the class world number one Kent Farrington, finished in 39th place in a difficult round of 93.39 seconds plus 12 fouls and great total of 105.39 seconds with the 8-year-old gelding Baltic Star 2 (Bacardi x Chalan).