Fenney Wins $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix,
OCALA, FL (March 10, 2011)—
In a season where a different High-Performance rider has claimed each of the 10 Grand Prix held so far at HITS Ocala, Tracy Fenney just put an end to that pattern with her second victory of the Circuit. Fenney was able to stave off a challenge in the jump-off by Tracy Magness to capture Thursday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, aboard MTM Farm’s MTM Timon.
Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas and MTM Timon were one of eight pairs to make it to the jump-off on a course designed by International Course Designer Florencio Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico. The team started the jump-off and immediately set the Great American Time to Beat at 39.472 seconds, which would go untouched.
“It was a good course,” said Fenney. “It walked and rode pretty big. [MTM] Timon has always been a very careful horse and he proved that on today’s course.”
The classic “Battle of the Tracys” ignited when Magness of Hughsville, Maryland and Mr. and Mrs. John Bartko’s Tarco Van Ter Moude, nearly stole the lead in 39.789 seconds. Callan Solem of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania and Magic Cruise, owned by Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC, found their way to the yellow ribbon with a double-clear effort in 40.957 seconds.
The win marked Fenney’s second Thursday Grand Prix victory in a row, after last week’s win aboard her other mount, MTM Farm’s MTM Centano. The team of Fenney and MTM Timon were the winners in last year’s $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group. The season finale of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit on Sunday, March 20 is rapidly approaching, and with so many talented High-Performance riders at the Circuit this year, Fenney will have her work cut out for her in seeking to reclaim that title, as everyone is hungry to grab that coveted victory for themselves.
Magness and Tarco Van Ter Moude have been nothing short of impressive this season. They won the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at the Ocala January Festival, and have had a string of successful top-five finishes throughout the rated Circuit, which has earned them the number two spot in the preliminary Pfizer Million Eligible Rider Rankings. Magness also currently leads the way in the Catena Leading Rider Standings; Fenny, however, is close on her heels after yesterday’s win.
Fenney and Magness are both Pfizer Million alumni and are on track to once again become eligible for this year’s installment of the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. “I think that’s the most important thing for everyone right now,” said Fenney. “We and the horses all work so hard every year, and to be able to qualify for a class like that is something special. The competition has grown tremendously since everyone wants to be a part of that class, and I think those who qualify are well deserving of a spot. I’ve been showing with Tracy [Magness] and Callan [Solem] for so many years and they’re so talented. I think we help push each other in order to succeed.”
$2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
On Wednesday afternoon, Ocala’s Aaron Vale captured the victory in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome aboard Texola, owned by Vale and Joan Kalman. The duo beat out 32 teams to take the top prize in the popular class. Roberto Teran finished second aboard Vortex, owned by Ashlyn Trevelyan, while Megan Udelson finished third aboard Pourkoipa Fontaine, owned by Moshontz Enterprises.
$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health
Timon MTM Farm Tracy Fenney $7,500 39.472
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