Aaron Vale and Mobile U Race to Victory in $20,000 Bluegrass Classic at Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show
Lexington, KY May 20, 2006
For the second Saturday in a row, Aaron Vale and Mobile U turned on the afterburners and raced to an impressive victory at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Last week, in their first big class together, Vale and Mobile U took the top prize in the $15,000 Bluegrass Speed Derby. Today, the duo topped a jump-off field of six to win the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic, the main event at the Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show.
Thirty-six starters took the field for todays class, scored under USEF Table II, Sec 2 (a), Time First Jump-Off. The test was designed by Venezuelas Leopoldo Palacios. Of the thirty-six that started, six went clear to qualify to jump again. Fourteen competitors had a single rail, seven picked up eight faults, and nine had twelve or more or were eliminated. Eight riders added time faults to the jumping fault totals.
Aaron Vale, with two of the six for the tiebreaker, returned first with Droxello, owned by Millstream, Inc. Vale rolled a rail for four faults and tripped the timers in 43.376 seconds to set the pace.
Following Vale, Mauro Atzeri and Gregory Gingerys Cokio Vitz scored eight faults in 45.923 seconds. Scott Lenkhart followed Atzeris ride with Impulsive, owned by Bennett Sport Horse. Lenkart also clipped a single rail, but his four fault time of 51.696 seconds moved him into second place behind Vale.
Two clean rounds followed in rapid fire succession. Paige Johnson and Salamander Farms Kadena R were flawless, coming home under the wire in 43.761 seconds to move to the top of the charts with only two to go. Danielle Torano and her new mount, Vancouver DAuvery, owned by Sir Ruly Inc., were also perfect over the jump-off course; however, the duo fell just short of Johnsons mark and moved into second place in 43.935 seconds.
Aaron Vale then had his second chance at the top prize as he returned with Sagamore Farms Mobile U. For the second Saturday in a row, this new pairing left the rest of the field in a cloud of dust. Vale caught a break when a hard rub by Mobile U failed to bring down the A element of the double combination, and following that good fortune, Vale turned it up into overdrive for the race to the wire. He whipped across the finish line in 40.518 seconds, a full 3.2 seconds faster than Johnson.
Boy what a nice horse! Vale exclaimed following his second Saturday win in a row. I only got her about a week and a half before Kentucky started. So I really only had two little schools at home before coming here. Shes amazing!
It was a long course. You had a lot of yards to cover, and the time allowed was quite tight. So there was attrition. Pace over a long distance of time makes you have rails, so it was a difficult course to jump clean, Vale explained. The water, although not a huge issue, was early in the course. So youve got to kick hard early, and that gets their adrenaline up. With the water as the fourth or fifth jump on the course, youve got a long way to go to settle that adrenaline down and keep the horse focused on the rails.
Leopoldos tricky, smiled Vale. He put the liverpool behind the vertical at the last fence and that caught a lot of them. A number of riders had clean rounds till the last jump. He makes it tricky from start to finish. He builds thinking riders courses.
Vale said he had a chance to map out his winning ride by using his first go as a measuring stick. I went early on my young horse [Droxello] and had a rail in about 43 seconds. I didnt see Paige go, but I knew she was in about the same time as the horse I had already ridden, he detailed. Mobile U just seems to be a really quick horse, so I just tried to take it easy and get through that first double. Shes a little green to turn back too quickly to a combination like that. And she did get a little lucky there with a hard rub. But after that, I just let her run home over the last two fences. Shes got great natural foot speed, so that made up the difference quite easily.
Sundays main event at the Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show is the $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, CSI 3*, a member event of the American Grand Prix Association (AGA) tour.
Results of Class 230 $20,000 Bluegrass Derby Table II, Sec 2(a)-Kentucky Spring Classic-Johnson Arena-5/20/06
1 1519 AARON
VALE MOBILE U 0.00 85.669 0.00 40.518 SAGAMORE FARMS
Young Jumpers at the Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show
In the Walnut Arena, the Five Year Old Jumpers were held under a Table V, Section 2(b) Optimum Time format. The Jump-Off Time Allowed was 50 seconds, with an optimum time of 46 seconds. A pool of 22 entries participated over the course designed by Richard Jeffery of Great Britain. Lisa Jacquin and Talisman, owned by Trestle Tree Farm and BDJ Enterprises of Chester, NY, were the closest to the optimum time after finishing the jump-off course in 45.828 seconds. Second place was awarded to Lee Hatcher and her mount Too Much, who stopped the clock in 45.737 seconds. Third place honors went to Robin Sweely and Corolato, owned by Acorn Hill Farm of Middleburg, VA. Sweely and Corolato broke the beam in 46.385 seconds.
The Six Year Old Jumper class, held under a Table II, Section 2(b) Time First Jump-Off format, had 24 entries compete and was won by Aaron Vale and Noble Carthago, owned by Paxton Mendelssohn of Aiken, SC. Vale and his mount, who also won yesterdays 1.30m class, clocked in at 30.353 seconds over the short course. Kristen Vanderveen and A.Maze, owned by Bull Run Farm in Elburn, IL, finished in second place with a jump-off time of 30.661 seconds. With a time of 30.940 seconds, David Jennings aboard Eso ranked in third place. Eso is owned by Amy Lefferdink from Loxahatchee, FL.
In the Seven and Eight Year Old Jumper class, 27 riders competed in the class. Joe Fargis took over the top spot during his round, which was the final ride over the Table II, Section 2(b) Time First Jump Off course. Fargis and his mount Elaine, owned by Cynthia Johnson, blazed around the jump-off in 29.345 seconds and edged Michael Kearins, who had a time of 30.899 seconds, into second place. Kearins resides in Lake Worth, FL, and piloted his own horse Nas Na. Third place went to Todd Minikus and Lamborghini, who crossed the finish line in 31.450 seconds. Lamborghini is owned by Mordechay Shahak of Wellington, FL.
Jumper action in the Walnut Ring continues tomorrow with the Junior and Amateur-Owner Classics, the Childrens and Adult Jumper Classics.
Results of Class 216 - YJC 5 YEAR OLD JUMPER V, SEC 2(B)- Kentucky Spring Classic- Walnut Ring -5/20/06
1 540 AARON VALE
BARTOLI VAN'T MERELSNEST 0.00 67.394 0.00 44.252 $300 MILLSTREAM INC
Results of Class 217 - YJC 6 YEAR OLD II, SEC 2(B) - Kentucky Spring Classic Walnut Ring 5/20/06
1 544 AARON VALE
NOBLE CARTHAGO 0.00 59.677 0.00 30.353 $300 PAXTON MENDELSSOHN
Results of Class 218 - YJC 7/8 YEAR OLD II, SEC 2(B) - Kentucky Spring Classic Walnut Ring -5/20/06
1 877 JOE FARGIS
ELAINE 0.00 68.118 0.00 29.345 $300 CYNTHIA JOHNSON
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