Del Mar Porter’s Eminent DomainBy Staff Report October 10, 2015
Mandy Porter and Eminent won tonight’s $25,000 Del Mar Welcome Prix, jumping to the top in a field of 50 entries in the GGT Footing Grand Prix Series Event. The first course was a winding track, with a few tight roll backs and a one stride of verticals that proved difficult for many riders. Ten pairs made it to the jump-off, including Porter, Kent Farrington and Nayel Nassar on two mounts each, as well as Eduardo Menezes, Beezie Madden, Karl Cook and Jennifer Gates.
Redeeming her Friday night fortunes, when she and Eminent were edged out of the win by Will Simpson and The Dude in the $25,000 LA Saddlery 1.45m Speed Class, Porter won by less than half-a-second over Karl Cook and Cailou. Michelle Parker and Cupilor rounded out the top three.
For the fast-paced speed class win, Simpson and The Dude beat a field of 39 in the Del Mar Arena. Simpson went last in the competition, edging out second place finisher Eminent and Mandy Porter by only .26 seconds. Eric Navet (FRA) on Jonkhkeer Z, owned by Signe Ostby finished in third place and fourth place went to the Ostby family’s Karl Cook and Basimodo.
Saturday also sawRound 1 of the $25,000 PCHA/Equine Insurance Children’s/Adult Hunter Championship get underway. With 30 starters, it was a tough competition in the San Diego Arena among talented riders, including Savannah Stuart, Anne Marie Mueller, Emily Goldberg and Erin Leon. The first round went to Karen O’Leonard and her mount RR Barnaby, owned by La Reina Ranch. Tomorrow, the top 25 riders and horses return for the Championship Round.
Results this week include Buddy Brown’s spectacular finish aboard Finally Ours to clinch the $5,000 South Shore Farm Grand Prix Hunter Derby Presented by Fleeceworks.
Brown and Finally Ours are the defending champions of the 2014 Del Mar International Grand Prix Hunter Derby Final, which occurs next week. Brown and Finally ours topped the competition in 2014 and are setting themselves up for a wonderful week of competition leading up to the Grand Prix Hunter Derby Series Finale next weekend. Michael Leon and West Coast Equine Partners’ Versailles earned second place in the South Shore Farm Grand Prix Hunter Derby, with Jenny Karazissis and Undeniable, owned by Hope Town Farms, rounding out the top three.
Spectators and competitors alike have enjoyed Del Mar’s recent renovations, improvements and upgrades, including the creation of two new arenas with the relocation of the FEI stabling and schooling area. The West Palms Event Management show runs Oct. 7-18, culminating in the $150,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Del Mar 1.60m CSI4* on Saturday, Oct. 17.
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