Richard Spooner of the United States completed the only Derby’s clear round, to obtain its second victory of the season, both in similar classes. Luis Alejandro Plascencia of Mexico second, Rich Fellers third and Juan Manuel Luzardo of Uruguay fourth. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
The last class of the 2017 Spruce Meadows Summer Tournament was won by Californian Richard Spooner, who has undoubtedly become a great specialist in this type of testing.
Playing the $130,000 Sun Life Financial Derby, Richard Spooner takes his second win of the season, both via Derby, completing what was the only clear round of the afternoon with his veteran teammate Cristallo (Caretino x Cicero), a 19-year-old gelding owned by Show Jumping Syndication Intl, recording a time of 143.12 seconds.
With the result for the American rider, Spooner reached 100 World Ranking Points in a course designed by the Spaniard Santiago Varela for 20 pairs.
For the Latino Ranking two of his figures had a stellar plan with Luis Alejandro Plascencia being the best placed in second, getting 80 FEI Ranking Points with the 11-year-old mare Salamera de la Nutria (Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire) in a field of 4 fouls and 141.15 seconds, while the Uruguayan rider Juan Manuel Luzardo finished in fourth place to complete a formidable season in Calgary, completing its route in 8 fouls and 142.47 seconds next to the 9-year-old gelding Quidandro (Quality X Quidams Rubio), taking 60 World Ranking Points.
Third place went to American Rich Fellers with the 12-year-old mare Lux Lady (Lux Z x Master Imp) in 4 fouls with 141.63 seconds, while Russian Vladimir Tuganov finished fifth in the Top 5, totaling 8 fouls in 146.55 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Sinfonie 168 (Satisfaction I x Don Juan).