McLain Ward continued his unstoppable pace as he added his fifth win of the season at Spruce Meadows. Jose Alberto Jr Martínez of Mexico in second place. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
For second day in a row the three-time US Olympic medalist McLain Ward took the win, dominating the $86,600 Akita Drilling Cup speed class at this opportunity.
Marking an interesting July beginning with good results and trying to climb positions leading him back to the World Ranking leader, current world number 3 McLain Ward added his fifth 2017 FEI victory in Spruce Meadows, dominated the speed class designed by Venezuelan course designed Leopoldo Palacios for 60 pairs.
Getting a time of 70.19 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Tina La Boheme (Calvaro x Arpege Pierreville) owned by Susie Heller, McLain Ward took 80 World Ranking Points with its fast round, surpassing the Mexican rider and best representative of the Latino Ranking Jose Alberto Jr Martinez, third place was for Californian Richard Spooner and fourth for home rider and greatest moneymaker in Spruce Medows Eric Lamaze.
In the case of Jose Alberto Jr Martínez, who already has 2 victories this 2017, with today’s second place, becomes the best result of his career at points level, to take 70 digits to the FEI Ranking next to the 11-year-old gelding Sultan du Guerree (Sapir Rouge x Cahntepie) in 71.12 seconds. On the other hand, as far as the Latino Ranking is concerned, Pedro Veniss of Brazil also scored fifth place with the 9-year-old mare Cheindira (Chagall vd Burggrave x Darco) in 72.04 seconds, his fellowman Rodrigo Lambre finished eighth with 10-year-old gelding Chapilot (Chacco-Blue x Pilot), Nicolas Pizarro of Mexico finished in 12th place with the 10-year-old mare Temascaltepec RM (Balu de Ruvet x Bachus) in 74.66 seconds and Samuel Parot of Chile next to the 13-year-old gelding Quick du Pottier (Hurlevent De Breka x Cuba) did it in 69.27 seconds plus two demolitions that it took to the 15th place in 77.27 seconds.