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Laura Kraut and Andretti S Race to Victory in $85,000 Fidelity Investments Classic at American Gold Cup

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September 12, 2015 -- After a successful season in 2014, Andretti S had some time off, which resulted in a few setbacks, but Saturday he proved he is back in top form. Laura Kraut piloted the 10-year-old gelding to the quickest clear jump-off, setting a blistering pace to beat out Ireland’s Paul O’Shea aboard Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu and Colombia’s Roberto Teran with Woklahoma in the $85,000 Fidelity® Investments Classic at the American Gold Cup.

Only 11 of the 48 entries were able to master Alan Wade’s first round track on the Old Salem Farm Grand Prix Field, which featured a technical triple combination at the end of the course. Kraut set the initial pace to beat with her first mount Constable II, owned by Cherry Knoll Farm, crossing the finish line in a clear 39.73 seconds, but that would only hold up for sixth place as the slowest of the clears.

Molly Ashe-Cawley on Louisburg Farm’s Balous Day Date and Mario Deslauriers on Karen Polle’s Global van T Braunerthof were each able to clear the jump-off course in times of 39.57 seconds and 38.34 seconds to finish fifth and fourth, respectively.

O’Shea was the first rider to break the 37 second mark, laying on the gas with Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu and cruising to a faultless time of 36.58 seconds to take the initial lead.

Kraut was warming up on Andretti S, owned by Star and Stripes, and did not get to see O’Shea’s round, but when she heard his time she knew she would need to go as fast as possible. Luckily, Andretti was up to the challenge, dashing over each obstacle to break the beam at 35.22 seconds, taking over the lead and relegating O’Shea to second. The only other rider to cross the timers in less than 37 seconds was Teran with Woklahma, but they would settle for third in a clear 36.72 seconds, while Kraut led the lap of honor.

Laura Kraut and Andretti

Laura Kraut and Andretti

“I didn’t see Paul’s round at all; I only heard his time, which was really, really fast compared to my time on my first horse,” admitted Kraut. “I was always going to go in and go as fast as I could. I thought I had an uncomfortably fast gallop to the second jump. All the turns worked, and it was his day.”

Andretti S was very successful last fall, which led Kraut to give the talented chestnut gelding two months off, but when it was time for his return there were a few snags in the road. “He had a breathing issue, partial paralysis of his larynx, that had to get operated on,” explained Kraut. “That took a month and a half, then he had a bruised heel that took a while to resolve. Finally, in July, he started to get back with some form of consistency.”

Kraut is thrilled to have Andretti S back on form and believes he is a crucial addition to her string. “The horse can jump anything; he’s got all the scope,” she noted. “He’s a little bit of a quirky horse, so it’s taking him longer. He missed half he year, so I’m playing catch-up with him. Right now he feels like he did when he finished last year, so if he keeps developing like this, I think he can jump anything.”

Richie Moloney and Alsvid Score $35,000 Hermès Sellier Speed Derby Win
Earlier in the day, the athletes made full use of the large Grand Prix Field when they galloped over the hills and up the bank during the $35,000 Hermès Sellier Speed Derby. Roberto Teran was once again one of the fastest of the day, going second in the order and setting time to beat at 78.76 seconds on Ark Partners’ Farina. Ireland’s Lorcan Gallagher came very close when he cleared the course on Alexander Devries’ Esquina van Kalpscheut, and stopped the clock at 78.82 seconds.

The winning time would come from one of the last to show though. Richie Moloney and Equinimity LLC’s Alsvid had a huge gallop throughout the course. They soared over the final oxer and tripped the timers at 76.61 seconds to take home the victory by two seconds, while Teran and Gallagher settled for second and third, respectively.

Richie Moloney and Alsvid

Richie Moloney and Alsvid

“My plan was to just be as quick as I could really and try to get the turns as smooth as I could,” said Moloney. “I was pretty quick everywhere, but I slowed down towars the end a tiny bit just to make sure I left the last one up.”

Moloney concluded, “I’ve been riding Alsvid for over four years, and he always gets results - every show he goes to just about. He’s a great horse; he can do everything.” 

Patricia Hennessy and Little Tom Top $10,000 Mitchell-Innes & Nash Fine Art Adult Amateur Classic
The Grand Prix Field kicked off the day’s full schedule of competition with the $10,000 Mitchell-Innes & Nash Fine Art Adult Amateur Classic at 9 a.m. Fifty-six Adult Jumpers attempted the Alan Wade-designed course, but only 15 were able to move on to the jump-off, where Patricia Hennessy and 20-year-old Little Tom took top honors for the second time since 2013 with a double clear effort in 32.108 seconds.

“He’s been such a good horse,” said Hennessy. “It took us a little bit to get used to each other, but he’s been such an amazing and consistent horse. We always say that we’re lucky everyday that we get to go out with him. As long as he wants to keep doing it, we’ll keep doing it because if he says no, he doesn’t owe me a thing.”

Patricia Hennessy and Little Tom | Photo by The Book

Patricia Hennessy and Little Tom | Photo by The Book

“I love the grass field here, it’s so much fun,” added Hennessy. “Lucy Mitchell-Innes sponsors the division, and it’s so great because otherwise we wouldn’t be on the field. So thanks to her we get to go. It’s such a beautiful venue; they do such a nice job, and the courses are always good. It’s special here.”

Mary Kate Olsen and Hertog Van’t Merodehof followed Hennessy to claim second with a time of 35.304 seconds, while Laura Faulkner and Pompadour finished in third in 36.005 seconds.

Leah DeMartini and Eurocommerce Tampa Take $10,000 Houlihan Lawrence Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic Victory

The Jumper Ring hosted multiple Classics on Saturday, including the $10,000 Houlihan Lawrence Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, which featured 65 entries competing for the winning prize. Midway through the order, Leah DeMartini broke the 27-second mark aboard Elm Rock’s Eurocommerce Tampa when she cleared the track in 26.598 seconds to set an unbeatable pace.

Seven rounds later, Christina Firestone came close on Chantilly when she was able to produce a faultless effort in 26.754 seconds. Firestone would settled for third though, when Alexandra Duval and Tornado stopped the clock at 26.707 seconds to slide into second, while DeMartini claimed the victory.

“I had no idea my time would hold up,” smiled DeMartini after her win. “These classes tend to be pretty quick and there are a lot of horses, but Tampa is an awesome horse; I trust him. I just let him travel, and everything kind of came up like I wanted and was hoping!”

Leah DeMartini

Leah DeMartini

DeMartini concluded, “I’ve had him for five or six years now, and I really trust him. He’s almost better when he’s going forward and really challenging him, so these classes are fun because I think no matter how fast it gets, you still feel like you have a shot.”

The $10,000 NAL Low Junior Jumper Classic was also held in the Jumper Ring, with just fractions separating the top two competitors. Kady Abrahamson set the pace aboard Icebreaker during the jump-off, finishing in a clear 34.164 seconds for the win. Sheer Levitin was right on her heels, clocking in at 34.398 seconds for the second place honors with Nabuco. The third place award went to Brianne Link riding Wednesday and finishing in 37.050 seconds.

The day kicked-off with the $5,000 Gochman Family Children’s Classic, where the victory went to Ameila Riegel riding Ultra d’Eclipse. The pair was one of only two double clear entries, with Riegel finishing the jump-off in 37.3939 seconds. Kathleen Full-Baudeneau and Dithari were one second short during the tiebreaker for second place, while Marissa Rice and Laetitia took home the third place award with the fastest four-fault jump-off.

The featured event of the 2015 American Gold Cup, the coveted $215,000 Longines FEI World Cup™Jumping New York, will be held Sunday, September 13 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children over 12 years of age. Tickets for seniors are $15.

For further information, visit: www.stadiumjumping.com and http://www.theamericangoldcup.com/ 

RESULTS: Saturday, September 12, 2015

$85,000 Fidelity® Investments Classic
1. 290 Andretti S Kraut, Laura USA 28050.00 US 0 penalties 35.22 sec
chest 10y.G /Corland/Animo/KWPN/103WG35/ Stars and Stripes USA jump-off
2. 430 Skara Glen's Machu Picchu O'Shea, Paul IRL 17000.00 US 0 penalties 36.58 sec
bay 8y.G /Silverstone VDL/Matterhorn/KWPN/104OE14/ Skara Glen Stables, Whipstick IRL jump-off
3. 475 Woklahoma Teran, Roberto COL 12750.00 US 0 penalties 36.72 sec
bay 12y.M /Sheraton/Calvados/KWPN/102ZG74/ Ark Partners Llc COL jump-off
4. 689 Global van T Braunerthof Deslauriers, Mario USA 8500.00 USD 0 penalties 38.34 sec
chest 9y.G /Vigo d'Arsouilles/Landetto/BWP/103OK48/ Karen Polle USA jump-off
5. 205 Balous Day Date Ashe-Cawley, Molly USA 5100.00 USD 0 penalties 39.57 sec
black 10y.M /Balou du Rover/Domino/OLDBG/103RB34/ Louisburg Farm USA jump-off
6. 291 Constable II Kraut, Laura USA 3825.00 USD 0 penalties 39.73 sec
chest 8y.G /Harley VDL/Lupicor/KWPN/103ZB45/ Cherry Knoll Farm USA jump-off
7. 678 Indigo Engle, Margie USA 2550.00 USD 4 penalties 37.30 sec
grey 15y.S /Indoctro/102VB74/ Gladewinds Farm Inc Elm Rock jump-off
8. 141 Hitchcock vd Broekkant Oken, Alise USA 2125.00 USD 4 penalties 41.20 sec
8y.G /Canturo/Heartbreaker/BWP/103NS58/ Hi Hopes Farm, Llc USA jump-off
9. 377 Cassinja S Jacobs, Charlie USA 1700.00 USD 8 penalties 39.16 sec
bay 9y.M /Carinjo/Cassini I/ZWEIB/103TL23/ Cmj Sporthorse, Llc USA jump-off
10. 830 Helios Sternlicht, Adrienne USA 1700.00 USD 8 penalties 40.23 sec
bay 8y.S /Couleur Rubin/Grandeur/BWP/104KQ87/ Michael Whitaker USA jump-off
11. 300 Hh Ciske van Overis Mcalary, Maggie USA 850.00 USD 8 penalties 40.75 sec
bay 13y.M /Celano/Darco/BWP/102UA44/ Double H Farm USA jump-off
12. 272 Rubens LS la Silla Mannix, Vanessa CAN 850.00 USD 1 penalty 83.95 sec
chest 9y.S /Rebozo LS la Silla/Cash/SLS/104AO57/ Vanessa Mannix CAN round 1

$35,000 Hermès Sellier Speed Derby
1. 421 Alsvid Moloney, Richie IRL 11550.00 US 76.61 seconds
black 14y.G /Escudo I/Azur/HANN/102PL65/ Equinimity Llc IRL
2. 476 Farina Teran, Roberto COL 7000.00 USD 78.76 seconds
bay 9y.M /Marome/Orville/AES/103VP17/ Ark Partners Llc COL
3. 117 Esquina van Klapscheut Gallagher, Lorcan IRL 5250.00 USD 78.82 seconds
bay 11y.M /Thunder van de Zuuthoeve/Ahorn Z/BWP/103LX69/ Alexander Devries IRL
4. 133 Capall Zidane McGuigan, Ronan IRL 3500.00 USD 78.85 seconds (74.85)
bay 11y.G /Concorde/Baloubet du Rouet/KWPN/103VP94/ Mr Ronan Peter Mc Guigan IRL
5. 702 Cosma Mcardle, Abigail USA 2100.00 USD 79.37 seconds (75.37)
dches 12y.M /Couleur Rubin/Stakkato/HANN/102RV57/ David Mc Ardle USA
6. 420 Carneyhaugh Manx Lutz, Peter USA 1575.00 USD 81.00 seconds
chest 10y.G /VDL Douglas/Hampton Clover/103UR37/ Katherine Gallagher Davenport
7. 728 Verdi Rodriguez, Andres VEN 1050.00 USD 81.25 seconds (77.25)
bay 13y.G /Andiamo/Libero H/SCSL/102LX52/ Midas Business Group S.A. VEN
8. 703 Harriri Mcardle, Abigail USA 875.00 USD 81.54 seconds
chest 8y.M /Nabab de Reve/Darco/BWP/104VT92/ Plain Bay Sales USA
9. 853 Farfelu du Printemps Henselwood, Jill CAN 700.00 USD 82.01 seconds
bay 10y.G /Action Breaker/Darco/BWP/103MK42/ John Madigan CAN
10. 453 Luxina Hughes, Michael USA 700.00 USD 82.97 seconds (78.97)
bay 11y.M /Lux/Ahorn/KWPN/103WB13/ Christina Fried USA
11. 598 Central Park Flores, Vasco PUR 350.00 USD 83.54 seconds (79.54)
chest 8y.G /Perigueux/For Feeling/HANN/104BG56/ Gotham Enterprizes, Llc PUR
12. 362 Boemerang Van Generhese Garza, Eugenio MEX 350.00 USD 84.94 seconds (80.94)
bay G /Moujik De Sohan/Isabelle/SBS/103SF42/ El Milagro El Milagro

$10,000 Mitchell-Innes & Nash Fine Art Adult Amateur Classic
1. 181 Little Tom Hennessy, Patricia USA 2800.00 USD 0 penalties 32.108 sec
bay 20y.G / Patricia Hennessy Beacon Hill Stables jump-off
2. 200 Hertog Van't Merodehof Olsen, Mary Kate USA 1800.00 USD 0 penalties 35.304 sec
chest 8y.G / Mary Kate Olsen Stormfront Sales jump-off
3. 447 Pompadour Faulkner, Laura USA 1250.00 USD 0 penalties 36.005 sec
bay G / Laura Faulkner Kelianda Farm jump-off
4. 752 Dignity Lackey, Carolyn USA 900.00 USD 0 penalties 37.685 sec
bay 12y.M / Pine Hollow Farm Hermitage Farm jump-off
5. 743 Shinto 3 Rae, Elizabeth USA 800.00 USD 0 penalties 38.958 sec
chest 16y.G /Concorde/Goldine/KWPN/ Elizabeth Rae North Run jump-off
6. 618 Anahof's Lawello Afzal, Alexandra USA 700.00 USD 0 penalties 39.143 sec
bay 15y.G / Linda Langmeier Kascade Ent. Inc jump-off
7. 202 Feu D'Amour Olsen, Mary Kate USA 600.00 USD 4 penalties 33.611 sec
grey 10y.M / Cd Llc Stormfront Sales jump-off
8. 426 Equifit Cayenne 178 Cherubini, Alexandra USA 450.00 USD 4 penalties 34.117 sec
bay 9y.M / Lovelite, Llc USA jump-off
9. 831 Antonov Wolffer, Joanna USA 350.00 USD 4 penalties 37.856 sec
grey G / Joanna Wolffer Bluman jump-off
10. 203 Virginia Olsen, Mary Kate USA 350.00 USD 8 penalties 34.064 sec
bay 10y.M / Cd Llc Stormfront Sales jump-off
11. 407 Tippitoo Lowell, Vicki USA 315.00 USD 8 penalties 44.995 sec
bay 15y.M / Vicki Lowell Old Salem jump-off
12. 839 Zenith Z Hogan, Avery USA 315.00 USD 16 penalties 58.483 sec
bay G / Avery Hogan Kelianda Farm jump-off

$10,000 Houlihan Lawrence Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic
1. 213 Eurocommerce Tampa Demartini, Leah USA 2800.00 USD 0 penalties 26.598 sec
Elm Rock jump-off
2. 593 Tornado Duval, Alexandra USA 1800.00 USD 0 penalties 26.707 sec
Andrew Welles Llc jump-off
3. 505 Chantilly Firestone, Christina USA 1250.00 USD 0 penalties 26.754 sec
bay 11y.M / Bertram & Diana Firestone USA jump-off
4. 871 Harley 86 Schaufeld, Haley USA 900.00 USD 0 penalties 27.315 sec
bay 13y.M /KWPN/ River Farm Sporthorses USA jump-off
5. 170 Balou Countess Horween, Natalie USA 800.00 USD 0 penalties 27.690 sec
USA jump-off
6. 235 Cadzand Oberkircher, David USA 700.00 USD 0 penalties 27.737 sec
brey 11y.G / Southfields Farm Llc USA jump-off
7. 536 Ahaveros Johnson Merton, Jazz USA 600.00 USD 0 penalties 27.768 sec
Triton jump-off
8. 669 Bull Run's Becky Blue Mcdermott, Megan USA 450.00 USD 0 penalties 28.127 sec
grey 13y.M / Madeline Mcdermott Bull Run Jumpers jump-off
9. 111 Easy Money Gilbertson, Lacey USA 350.00 USD 0 penalties 28.221 sec
Sweet Oak Farm jump-off
10. 769 Faemes Van T Poelzelhof Seaman, Callie USA 350.00 USD 0 penalties 28.502 sec
Heritage jump-off
11. 744 Diva Torano, Danielle USA 0 penalties 28.674 sec
Jet Show Stable jump-off
12. 167 Libella Kluger, Anna USA 0 penalties 28.720 sec
Brigadoon Show Stables jump-off

$10,000 Low Junior Jumper Classic
1. 182 Icebreaker Abrahamson, Kady USA 2800.00 USD 0 penalties 34.164 sec
bay 12y.G / Abrahamson Equestrian Llc Heritage jump-off
2. 643 Nabuco Levitin, Sheer USA 1800.00 USD 0 penalties 34.398 sec
bay 12y.G / Sheer Levitin With Stonehenge jump-off
3. 534 Wednesday Mornin Link, Brianne USA 1250.00 USD 0 penalties 37.050 sec
bay M / Diane Denby Woodside Farm jump-off
4. 775 Catachi Fath, Coco USA 900.00 USD 0 penalties 38.251 sec
bay 10y.G / Hillside Farm Llc Heritage jump-off
5. 101 Casper Cunniffe, Ailish USA 800.00 USD 0 penalties 38.377 sec
grey 12y.G /Takashi Van Berkenbroeck/Brigitte/BWP/ Whipstick Farm, Ltd. North Run jump-off
6. 654 Cote D'Or Vls Dienst, Emma USA 700.00 USD 0 penalties 43.135 sec
grey 8y.M / Emma Dienst Beyaert Farm jump-off
7. 644 Zin Chin Levitin, Sheer USA 600.00 USD 4 penalties 33.494 sec
bay G /Chin Chin/Nina/KPWN/ Sheer Levitin With Stonehenge jump-off
8. 561 Pugnax Bloch, Olivia USA 450.00 USD 4 penalties 36.520 sec
chest 16y.G / Old Salem Farm USA jump-off
9. 239 Una Schwartz, Alexa USA 350.00 USD 4 penalties 37.753 sec
grey 11y.M / Bridlewood Stables, Llc Triton jump-off
10. 446 Bente Helmer, Maverick USA 350.00 USD 4 penalties 38.454 sec
chest 9y.M / Maarten Huygens Mario Deslauriers Inc jump-off
11. 318 Vdl Casanova Wilkenfeld, Chloe USA 4 penalties 39.453 sec
bay G /Hold Up Premiere/KWPN/ James Buchanan Limelight Farm jump-off
12. 810 Billy Boy Barnard, Lily USA 4 penalties 42.745 sec
bay G /Odermus R/Stefany/KPWN/ Lily Barnard Mario Deslauriers Inc jump-off

$5,000 Gochman Family Children’s Classic
1. 336 Ultra d' Eclipse Riegel, Amelia USA 1500.00 USD 0 penalties 37.393 sec
grey M /Cassini I/Octavia/HOLST/ Amelia Riegel Wembley Farm jump-off
2. 458 Ditharin Full-Baudeneau, Kathleen USA 1000.00 USD 0 penalties 38.657 sec
bay M /KPWN/ Kathleen Full-Baudeneau USA jump-off
3. 712 Laetitia Rice, Marissa USA 700.00 USD 4 penalties 33.852 sec
chest 14y.M /HANN/ Kim Rice Staysail jump-off
4. 132 Cachaca 4 Mccormack, Maggie USA 500.00 USD 4 penalties 35.225 sec
bay 11y.G / Marker'S Make Llc Ginsberg Bobby jump-off
5. 890 Stedets Lucky Hicks, Riley USA 400.00 USD 4 penalties 41.677 sec
Lionshare Farm jump-off
6. 694 Image De Torandria Aylsworth, Amber Lynn USA 350.00 USD 4 penalties 41.902 sec
chest 7y.M / Scca Ventures Norfield Stables jump-off
7. 827 Contino 46 Lupica, Hannah USA 300.00 USD 17 penalties 49.718 sec
bay 11y.G / Hannah Lupica USA jump-off
8. 826 Hypnose Van Paemel Lupica, Hannah USA 250.00 USD 4 penalties 60.420 sec
grey 8y.M / Hannah Lupica USA round 1
9. 138 Chapeau Mccormack, Maggie USA 4 penalties 64.178 sec
bay 8y.G /KWPN/ Blythe Masters Esperanza round 1
10. 887 Foolish Pleasure Wright, Jennifer USA 4 penalties 65.755 sec
chest G / Jacquelin Ventorino USA

For further information, visit: www.stadiumjumping.com and http://www.theamericangoldcup.com/