Wilmington, Ohio, USA – February 06, 2022 – Kevin McCarthy (IRL) of K&K Sporthorses in Lexington, Kentucky, piloted his own Catch a Star HSS (Sheraton x Tolinda) to the win in tonight’s $30,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix. Tonight marked the fifth grand prix victory of the 2022 Winter Classic series for the notoriously fast pair who are tough to beat when they are on their game. Courses for tonight’s feature classes were designed by Bobby Murphy’s of Lexington, KY.
Kevin (IRL) expertly piloted the scopey Swedish Warmblood mare through the course, delivering a clean first round in just 77.042 seconds. Returning to contest the jump-off track, the pair galloped through the course in a foot-perfect effort to cross the timers in just 41.192 seconds for the win.
Kevin had kinds words to share after his winning round. “I’m delighted to be back in the winners circle and thankful for the WEC Ohio facilities and amazing staff.”
An unlucky rail kept Welcome Stake winner Shannon Sullivan (USA) and her own Downtown’s Main Event (Love Sopreme) out of first place contention. Sullivan of Downtown Equestrian Center in Frankfort, Illinois, and the 15-year-old Polish Warmblood gelding went clear in round one, stopping the clock in 75.609 seconds. The pair was eager to notch another victory, but incurred a four-fault penalty in the jump-off, ultimately bumping their 40.530 second jump-off round to a second-place finish.
Rounding out the top three was Charlotte Clark (USA) of Kendallwood Farm in Sunbury, Ohio, and her own Kinsella (Capitalist x Jerpoint Mist). Clark and the twelve-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare had a clean first round in 72.385 seconds and a four-fault 42.416 second run in the jump-off, to take home the yellow ribbon and third-place honors.
Final Results – $30,000 WEC Wilmington Grand Prix
1) Kevin McCarthy (IRL) & Catch a Star HSS – 0 / 0 – 41.192
2) Amanda Sullivan (USA) & Downtown’s Main Event – 0 / 4 – 40.530
3) Charlotte Clark (USA) & Kinsella – 0 / 4 – 42.416
Source: Press Release from WEC – World Equestrian Center
Photos: © Winslow Photography