Edited Press Release
Alise Oken and Saratoga secured a win for the home nation Sunday at WEF 7, flying around the $50,000 by Ethel M. Chocolates CSI2* Grand Prix in the International Arena. 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 went to Chloe Reid (USA) aboard Crossover 4 clocking in at 40.79 seconds, and third place went to Canada’s Alicia Gadban-Lewis on Beneficial finishing on a time of 37.72 with one rail in hand.
“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 [classes], and she’s really excelled at that level,” Oken said. “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.
“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,” Oken elaborated. “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.”
Original press release from https://wellingtoninternational.com.
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