CSI 2*

Alise Oken & Saratoga Team Up for a Sweet “Thorougbred” Victory in the $50,000 Ethel M. Chocolates Grand Prix CSI 2*

Wellington, Florida, USA – February 26, 2023 – Alise Oken (USA), representing the host country, and Saratoga flew around the $50,000 Ethel M. Chocolates Grand Prix CSI 2* in the International Arena to close out WEF 7. Oken, and the 10-year-old Holsteiner mare (Chin Champ x Casall) owned by Hi Hopes Farm LLC, were unstoppable, finishing the speed portion of the course in a time of 38.86 seconds. The only partnership to post a time sub-40 seconds.

Second place was claimed by Chloe Reid (USA) aboard Crossover 4 (Cascadello x Chacco-Blue), clocking in at 40.79 seconds.

The third spot on the podium was conquered by Canada’s Alicia Gadban-Lewis (CAN) on Beneficial (Banderas x Unknown), finishing faster with time of 37.72 seconds but at the expense of one rail down, settling for third place.

Alise Oken (USA) & Saratoga

Oken and Saratoga have a relatively new partnership but growing stronger every day. “I’ve had Sara for about a year and a half now. Last year we started doing some of the bigger classes and some 1.50m’s and she’s really excelled at that level. When I first sat on her I thought she had all the scope in the world and I’ve taken my time with her and I think she will jump some of the biggest tracks, but today we also went fast which was great so I’m really happy with the results.

Alise Oken (USA) & Saratoga

“She is smaller but she has a huge stride so I can actually leave out numbers in all the lines and for how small she is she actually has a very big stride so it’s very advantageous for me. Especially in the jump-off, I was able to leave out in the first line and one other line, so I think that’s where I made up the time.”

Alise Oken (USA) & Saratoga, presented as winners of the $50,000 by Ethel M. Chocolates Grand Prix CSI 2* by Charlotte Rossetter, Director MARS Equestrian™

Final Results – $50,000 Ethel M. Chocolates Grand Prix CSI 2*

1) Alise Oken (USA) & Saratoga – 0 / 0 – 38.86

2) Chloe Reid (USA) & Crossover 4 – 0 / 0 – 40.79

3) Alicia Gabdan-Lewis (CAN) & Beneficial – 0 / 4 – 37.72

Source: Press Release from Equestrian Sports Productions

Photos: © Wellington International / Sportfot / Gabby Fournier & Hannah Stephens