Alex Granato Makes a Splash in Lakemore Resort CSI5* Speed Stake

Alex Granato (USA) and Carlchen W. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

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Alex Granato (USA) and his seasoned partner Carlchen W are back on top in CSI5* action, winning the 1.45m Lakemore Resort Speed Stake CSI5* Friday during the Tournament of Champions. With his partner from the 2019 Pan American Games, Granato took an efficient path around Alan Wade’s (IRL) track and bested the elite field.

“Today with Carlchen my main goal was a nice smooth round,” Granato said. “He’s such a naturally fast horse that today worked out in my favor. I’m aiming him for the [American] Gold Cup Grand Prix Sunday. He’s had a bit of a break this season, so I’ve been building my summer and fall towards this week.”

With Carlchen W taking a break from top competition, Granato has taken to dressage lessons at home to focus on flatwork to keep his horses fit without overjumping them.

Alex Granato (USA) and Carlchen W. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

“I see it paying off for all my horses, but it’s really been fundamental for Carlchen,” Granato remarked on his dressage practice. “Knowing him so well is a great thing in a lot of ways but it can also be a handicap because little things can slip. Focusing less on jump training and more on his flatwork has been instrumental in bringing him back to top fitness this season.”

Winner of his first CSI5* Grand Prix just last year in Traverse City, Granato is feeling good about his chances this week in the American Gold Cup. “This has been a special show for me, so I’m glad to be back,” he said. “I feel really good. Since I haven’t been competing Carlchen at the top level all season my main focus will be a consistent round. He’s such a speedy horse so we have that luck on our side. If we have a good day he could be naturally quick in the jump-off, but my main focus is hopefully a double-clear round and let his speed carry.”

Final Results: 1.45m Lakemore Resort CSI5* Speed Stake

1. CARLCHEN W: 2008 MECKL gelding by Chacco Blue x Continue
ALEX GRANATO (USA), The Bright Lights Group: 64.65

2. FIREWALL: 2010 KWPN gelding by Lexicon x Padinus
ALBERTO MICHAN (ISR), Eduardo Leon: 66.14

3. BUGATTI: 2006 KWPN gelding by Heartbreaker x Pilot
ALBERTO MICHAN (ISR), Eduardo Leon: 0/66.59

4. HUMMER Z: 2014 KWPN gelding by Harley x Hemmingway
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/69.81

5. GREYA: 2014 OS mare by Colestus x Contender
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Kent Farrington LLC: 0/72.43

6. FUNK YEAH: 2014 HANN gelding by Messenger x Centadel
JACQUELINE STEFFENS (CAN), Team Eye Candy: 0/73.28

7. KOBLENZ VAN DE VINUSAKKER: 2010 BWP gelding by Toulon x Leader M
SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 4/69.24

8. ORWELL SCF: 2014 BWP gelding by Diktator van de Boslandhoeve x Heartbreaker
TANNER KOROTKIN (USA), Sandalwood Farms: 4/73.27

9. ELIANTE Z: 2013 ZANG mare by Ermindo W x Namelus R
TOMAS YOFRE (ARG), Stellium Sport Horses LLC: 4/74.61

10. KASSIODAM: 2012 AES mare by Luidam x Kolibri
TJ O’MARA (USA), Caroline Blake: 7/78.25

11. LOPEZ T: 2013 OS mare by Lord Pezi Junior x Lordanos
HUNTER HOLLOWAY (USA), H.J.S. Trading: 8/79.63

12. CACHEMIRE DE BRAIZE: 2012 SF gelding by Quality Touch Z x Jaguar Mail
DANIEL BLUMAN (ISR), Over The Top Stables LLC: 11/78.38


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