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Chris Pratt ‘Cruises’ to California Horsetrader Grand Prix win

Speedy 39.jump-off edges Susie, Cantano

From Horsetrader staff reports - November 4th, 2010 - Cover Story, Show & Event News

DEL MAR – Chris Pratt saw the potential of Cruise in the 10-year old bay’s first grand prix last August at the Del Mar Showpark. He went double-clear that day, and had it not been for Pratt and another Indigo Farms LLC entry, G5, winning the class, Cruise would have won his first time out.

At the Del Mar International Oct. 23, Pratt returned to Del Mar with Cruise – this time across I-5 to the Del Mar Arena – and the duo showed their speed in a blazing 12-horse jump-off to claim the $30,000 California Horsetrader Grand Prix. The Canadian-turned-Southern Californian clocked a fast 39.895, topping runner-up Susie Hutchison on Cantano by 1.25 seconds. Cantano is owned by El Dorado 29 of Pauma Valley.

In all, 48 grand prix entries challenged a Leopoldo Palacios-designed course that invited speed.

Chris Pratt and Cruise win the $30,000 California Horsetrader Grand Prix Oct. 23 in the Del Mar Arena.

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Chris Pratt and Cruise win the $30,000 California Horsetrader Grand Prix Oct. 23 in the Del Mar Arena.

Rounding out the top five grand prix finishers in the jump-off were Green Sleeps Vioco, ridden by Mark Watring in third (41.678), Chello Z, ridden by Josephina Nor Lantzman in fourth (42.0230) and Crack Z with Lauren Hester aboard in fifth (45.694). Santika, ridden by Nicole Shahanian-Simpson, was sixth (45.963).

In addition to the California Horsetrader Grand Prix, the Del Mar International, managed by Dale Harvey, featured a line-up of other signature classes, including the $2,500 Bruno Delgrange Junior/Amateur owner Section II Jumper Classic, which went to Rancho Santa Fe resident Lauren Hester on Wender.

The $1000 modified Junior Amateur Jumper Classic went to Caroline Lunn on Markant, owned by C&M Partnership, and the $1,500 Junior/Amateur Owner Section I Jumper Classic was taken by Jessica Sullivan riding Pariska 2, owned by Rolling Oaks West LLC of Santa Monica.

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