McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service).
Earlier in the day, the $40,000 AltaGas Cup 1.45m featured 44 competitors and 13 clear rounds to jump-off. The short course saw eight double clear rounds, of which McLain Ward (USA) and Double H Farm’s HH Carlos Z completed the fastest time of the day. Ward and his speedy mount cashed in for their second win of the Summer Series, last to go in the jump-off, with a time of 34.14 seconds.
“He is like a little ATM,” Ward said of the 13-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Chellano Z x Voltaire). “He reminds me of a mare that I had years ago called Goldika, who was very similar. She was a little, pretty bay just like him, and she could also step up. She also jumped the grand prix here at the ‘Masters’ great one year, but could win any class at the show. She was a bit of an ATM too, so it is always nice to have a horse like that in your string.”
Prior to Ward’s final round, Hardin Towell (USA) was leading the jump-off with Jennifer Gates’ Lucifer V, and eventually finished second with his time of 35.49 seconds. Molly Ashe (USA) finished third and fourth with Louisburg Farm’s Balous Day Date in 36.38 seconds and Nutmeg Group LLC’s Cocq a Doodle in 36.55 seconds respectively.
“I was lucky to go at the end,” Ward remarked on his jump-off. “I did not see Hardin’s round, but I know that he is a very fast rider and he is always really competitive. I believed that we could get four strides down the first line, and I actually maybe even over did the first jump because I got the four easy. I had a little slip; the horse could have refused easily there, but he is a trooper and he jumped it. We got away with that, and then I pushed on to the last and it worked out great.”
Final Results: $40,000 AltaGas Cup 1.45m
1. $10,000 HH CARLOS Z Zangersheide / G / 13 Chellano Z x Voltaire MCLAIN WARD (USA) BREWSTER, NY Double H Farm: 0/0/34.14
2. $8,000 LUCIFER V Westphalian / G / 9 Lord Pezi x Grandeur JACK HARDIN TOWELL JR. (USA) CAMDEN, SC Jennifer Gates: 0/0/35.49
3. $6,000 BALOUS DAY DATE Warmblood / M / 10 Balou de Rouet x Domino MOLLY ASHE (USA) WELLINGTON, FL Louisburg Farm: 0/0/36.38
4. $4,000 COCQ A DOODLE Warmblood / M / 8 Nolan R x Niagra MOLLY ASHE (USA) WELLINGTON, FL Nutmeg Group LLC: 0/0/36.55
5. $2,800 VICKY VAN HET GEINSTEINDE Belgian Warmblood / M / 17 Skippy II x Lurano LUIS ALEJANDRO PLACENSIA (MEX) LEON Mario Onate: 0/0/36.80
6. $2,200 CORCEGA LA SILLA Holstein / M / 11 Casall la Silla x Candillo ANTONIO CHEDRAUI (MEX) MEXICO DF Antonio Chedraui: 0/0/37.38
7. $1,600 CAT BALOU Hanoverian / M / 10 Converter x Acord II TAMIE PHILLIPS (CAN) STRATHMORE AB Tamie Phillips: 0/0/38.85
8. $1,200 PUBLIC VIEW Rheinlander / G / 9 Prado x Landadel FRANCOIS ESTEVES (BRA) BRA Francois Esteves: 0/0/38.87
9. $1,200 ROSANA DU PARK Schwaben / M / 10 Kannan x Ukase ERIC LAMAZE (CAN) SCHOMBERG, ON Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/4/36.86
10. $1,000 STAR LA TUILIERE Selle Francais / M / 9 Dollar de la Pierre x Quick Star KARA CHAD (CAN) CALGARY, AB Stone Ridge: 0/4/36.93
11. $1,000 CHA CHA CHA 7 Oldenburg / M / 10 Chacco Blue x Quick Star KENT FARRINGTON (USA) WELLINGTON, FL Haity McNerney LLC & Amalya Investments: 0/4/37.11
12. $1,000 BRIGHTON / G / 9 Contendro II x Quick Star TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN) SCHOMBERG, ON Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/4/38.78
Source: Spruce Meadows Media Service