Forty entries challenged a technical track in Saturday afternoon’s $10,000 WEC Ocala Futures Prix 1.30m-1.35m. Twelve entries managed a first clean round and just six entries jumped double clear, but it was Bryn Rose Sadler and Showcase 81, LLC’s Cezarro that took home the blue ribbon.
“I usually do the class on Sunday, but I decided on a whim to enter in the class today,” Sadler said.
Sadler and Cezarro (Cesaro x Nabell) were the fifth entry to enter the class and the first entry to move on to the jump-off. Sadler and the 13-year-old Bradenburg gelding jumped a clean first round, stopping the clock at 70.483 seconds.
Sadler already knew Cezarro was ready to win.
“After the first couple of jumps in the first round, he felt like he was ready to go,” she said. “Every once in a while, you get that feeling where everything comes up perfectly, and you know you’re in it to win it.”
Sadler and Cezarro soared through the entire course not pumping on the brakes once to stop the jump-off clock at 32.998 seconds.
“Cezarro knows how to win,” she added. “He understands the game well, and he wants to win with me. It is tough to find a horse with that mentality, who understands it enough to go fast but keep themselves in check and doesn’t rush it.”
Damian Guthrie and Gerry’s Jewels (Mersley Mon Capatain x Lily C) earned the third-place title in Week V’s $10,000 WEC Ocala Futures Prix. Guthrie and the 10-year-old Thoroughbred/Holsteiner mare delivered a fast and smooth first round, stopping the clock at 68.319 seconds, well under the time allowed of 75 seconds. The pair advanced straight to the jump-off rolling through the course to stop the clock at 33.820 seconds to earn second place.
Rounding out the top three was Benjamin Meredith and North Peak Farms LLC’s Quinka. Meredith and Quinka (Quintero x Inken I) earned third place in last week’s $10,000 WEC Ocala Futures Prix. Meredith and the 12-year-old Holsteiner mare jumped a clean first round stopping the timers at 71.744 seconds. The duo advanced straight to the jump-off, galloping through to course to stop the clock at 34.434 seconds.
$10,000 WEC Ocala Futures Prix 1.30m-1.35m Results:
1. Cezarro, Bryn Rose Sadler, Showcase 81, LLC: 0 | 0 | 32.998
2. Gerry’s Jewels, Damian Guthrie, Florence Hessen-Scher: 0 | 0 | 33.820
3. Quinka, Benjamin Meredith, North Peak Farms LLC: 0 | 0 | 34.434
4. CHS Krooze, Holly Shepherd, Loretta Patterson: 0 | 0 | 34.641
5. Annie Oakley, Benjamin Meredith, Carben Farms, LLC : 0 | 0 | 34.740
6. Bonza, Gabriel De Matos Machado, Gabriel De Matos Machado: 0 | 0 | 37.151
7. Luis P, Chloe Reid, Live Oak Plantation: 0 | 4 | 35.253
8. Baobai, Luis Pedro Biraben, Luis Pedro Biraben: 0 | 4 | 37.692
9. Brasil, Emma Butchard, Emma Butchard: 0 | 4 | 38.919
10. Bella Olympic, Roberto Daza, Roberto Daza: 0 | 8 | 36.761