The aptly named Champion for Volt, with Luis Fernando Larrazabal in the irons, blazed around Saturday’s 1.30m course to emerge victorious, securing the win following a double clear effort and jump off time of 31.233. Larrazabal knew he needed to shave as many seconds off his time as possible to best Audrey Robison and her scopey chestnut Gorky, who had jumped clean and fast to lead the class with a 32.508.
“We did one less stride to the second oxer, and then I kept him in that forward rhythm in the tight turn to the last jump, which I think is what gave me the best time,” said Larrazabal, who early in the season won the Palm Beach Series’ 1.40m Grand Prix with Altodetto and the week after placed second in the same class with G&C Close Up. Owned by Augusto Surico, Champion for Volt began his career with Larrazabal at the end of 2016 and the pair have been doing the 1.30m and 1.40m classes as they develop their partnership. “He is super easy to ride, very careful, and has an excellent technique,” Larrazabal continued. “I love to bring my horses here [to the Palm Beach Series]. Its great for horses that are moving up, to give them a quiet place to build their confidence while still presenting a challenge to allow them to develop. The Turf Tour is fantastic, its great for all of the horses to get a change of scenery, of footing, and environment as showing the same place over and over can be very tiring.”
Third place in the Open Stake went to Casey Larruso and Cool Runnings, who also delivered a quick, clean double clear effort and jump off in 33.299.
More shots from Saturday’s competition and 1.30m Open Stake!
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