Wellington, Florida, USA – January 29 – The fourth week of Turf Tour competition crowned Ireland’s Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Cazador LS as the winners of Friday’s $15,000 Turf Tour Grand Prix at Polo West, while riders of all levels enjoyed a weekend of Hunter Derbies held at The Ridge’s home farm.
Darragh Kenny, who is a decorated Turf Tour and international competitor, rode Cazalor LS, a 13-year-old black La Silla stallion (Casall La Silla x Dollar della Pierre) owned by SHL Farms, to the win in Friday’s $15,000 Turf Tour Grand Prix over a course designed by Oscar Soberon (MEX) and set on the beautiful grass fields of Polo West. Kenny and Cazalor Ls successfully navigated a number of challenges, including a triple bar to a skinny, roll backs, long gallops, a closed-faced liverpool, and tight turn options to dominate the class, which had a total of seven first round clears.
The pair finished their jump-off in 36.323, beating out the second place ride by Hyde Moffatt (CAN) and Grafton (Calvaro F.C. x Vondeen) by less than one second (37.084 seconds).
Third place was claimed by Kevin Mealiff (IRL) aboard Tupac Van De Vrombautshoeve Z (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve), flying through the timers just tenths of second after Moffitt, in 37.775 seconds.
The Turf Tour’s weekly venue cycle begins again February 3-5 at The Ridge at Wellington followed by To-Kalon Farm (February 10-12), Black Watch Farm (February 17-19), and Polo West (February 24-26). The $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classic takes place February 3rd, while the $3,000 1.30M Speed Stake and $15,000 1.40M Turf Tour Grand Prix on Friday the 5th. All divisions will run all day on both sand and grass at The Ridge at Wellington (14415 Palm Beach Point Blvd).
The second and final Hunter Derby Days will take place March 20-21, with a show & go schedule (both rounds completed back to back) and more than $17,500 in prize money.
Source: Press release (edited) by Holly Johnson / Equinium Sports Marketing for The Ridge
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