AARON VALE SPEEDS TO VICTORY IN $25,000 HITS GRAND PRIX AT HITS OCALA TOURNAMENT
Ocala, FL (March 6, 2005) --
Aaron Vale seized his third Grand Prix victory at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit when he powered past the timers on Sea Cloud in Thursday's $25,000 HITS Grand Prix. With a string of proven and promising mounts, Vale has consistently placed in the top three each week at HITS Ocala. Vale's winning mount, Sea Cloud, is owned by Andrea King. He also placed two other horses in the money--tenth with Kilroy and twelfth with Ratina 79.
Amateur rider Michelle Pia and R Mable K2 finished in second place. Canadian Erynn Ballard and Rio's Rhapsody took third place in the competition.
Twenty-three horse/rider combinations competed over Anthony D'Ambrosio's 13-obstacle first round course. A total of 15 horses went clear to advance to the shortened jump-off course. Aaron Vale and Sea Cloud were second in the order, taking an early lead with a lightening fast time of 38.81 seconds. A time that could not be beat, even by those with rails. Seven trips after Vale, Canadian Erynn Ballard and Rio's Rhapsody produced the second clear round in a time of 43.60 seconds. Michelle Pia followed up with the last clear round of the field aboard R Mable K2. The pair shaved over a second of Ballard's time to finish with 42.55 on the clock.
The next Grand Prix event of the circuit will take place on Thursday, March 10th at 1pm. Spectators will enjoy world-class show jumping competition as riders compete for top honors in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix. The Grand Finale of the circuit, the $100,000 Grand Prix of Ocala presented by Great American Insurance will finish out the week on Sunday, March 13th at 1pm.
The next Grand Prix event of the circuit will take place on Thursday, March 3rd at 1pm. Spectators will enjoy world-class show jumping competition as riders compete for top honors in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix. The $50,000 HITS Grand Prix will finish out the week on Sunday, March 6th at 1pm.
$25,000 HITS Grand Prix - Thursday, March
3, 2005 HITS Ocala Tournament - Ocala, FL
: Anthony D'Ambrosio, Red Hook,
: Anthony D'Ambrosio, Red Hook, New York
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