SAUGERTIES, New York (July 27, 2015): Jeffery Welles and Broken Heart went fourth in a five-horse jump-off and shaved more than a second off the leading time to win Sunday’s $75,000 AIG Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson V.
“He’s 9-years-old, but he’s very green,” said Welles, of Wellington, Florida, about Herbert Sambol’s Broken Heart. “This is only his fourth Grand Prix. He’s got an enormous stride. But he’s strong, very strong.”
Second-place finisher Margie Engle and Indigo went first in the jump-off and finished in a clean 44.975 seconds, which held for three rounds until Welles and Broken Heart. Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince went second, but had a rail, which put them in fifth place.
Mario Deslauriers and Scout De La Cense went third, and finished fault-free in 45.291 seconds, ultimately placing fourth. Jeffery Welles and Broken Heart went fourth and finished in 43.862 seconds clean to top Engle’s time and claim first place. Judy Garofalo Torres and Quattro Queen went last, finishing in a clean 45.192, edging out Deslauriers to take third.
Welles said of his round, “I was a little worried about turning back to the double, after fence two, but he did that quite well for me. And then I just sort of let him go across the middle, and I did one less stride – I did nine strides and the others did 10. And then I let him fly to the next vertical. And the last oxer, I barley fit that last stride in….but he tried his heart out to jump it clean. It was deep, and he could have easily had it down, but he really tried for me. He was great.”
Engle said she, too, was happy with her horse’s performance. “I was very pleased. He’s coming off of a bit of a rest, four or five months. We went first in the jump-off, and went about as fast as I felt comfortable.”
(c) ESI Photography Jeffery Welles and Broken Heart, owned by Herbert Sambol, go clean over a HITS Endurance jump in the $75,000 AIG Grand Prix on Sunday at HITS-on-the-Hudson V.
(c) ESI Photography Jeffery Welles and Broken Heart, owned by Herbert Sambol, are presented a blue ribbon and trophy for winning the $75,000 AIG Grand Prix on Sunday at HITS-on-the-Hudson V.
Sima Morgello and Orientales Win $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.45m Classic, presented by Vetera® XP Vaccines
Sima Morgello and Orientales, owned by Double S Farm, LLC, claimed first place in Sunday’s $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.45m Classic, presented by Vetera® XP Vaccines, at HITS-on-the-Hudson V.
“It was really exciting,” said Morgello, of the Bronx. “She was super. She had lots of energy and it’s really fun to be here.” Morgello and Orientales went fourth in the five-horse jump-off and finished in 33.816 seconds, taking the lead from Lucy Deslauriers and Hamlet, owned by Lisa Deslauriers, who had gone second in the jump-off with a clear round in 36.142.
Cloe Hymowitz had two horses in the jump-off, and went first and last. Hymowitz and Fineman, owned by Rose Hill Farm, went last in the jump-off and completed the course clean in 34.261 seconds. Hymowitz also finished fourth on Baritchou DBT, also owned by Rose Hill Farm. They were first to go in the jump-off and had four faults, finishing in 38.005 seconds. Hymowitz said it helped to have two mounts in the second round, and that their placement in the Order of Go – first and last – was advantageous.
“I got really lucky with my order,” said Hymowitz, of New York City. “I had three in the class and was lucky that two of them went clear. It was nice to get the jump-off in once on my slower horse and jump around, see how it rides. And then I was able to go on my quicker horse, Fineman, and get a good time and a good ribbon.”
Morgello said she is aiming to compete in the Vetera® XP Vaccines $250,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Prix at the HITS Championship in September, for which this class is a qualifier. She continued, “[Orientales] is a little older, she’s 13…She’s really here to teach me how to get around the course smoothly. We’ve been really focusing on that. Just letting her do her job, and jump the fences.”
(c) ESI Photography Sima Morgello and Orientales, owned by Double S Farm, LLC, go over a Vetera Vaccines in the $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.45m Classic, presented by Vetera® XP Vaccines, at HITS-on-the-Hudson V.
(c) ESI Photography Sima Morgello and Orientales, owned by Double S Farm, LLC, win the blue in the $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.45m Classic, presented by Vetera® XP Vaccines, at HITS-on-the-Hudson V.