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May 19 issueDEL MAR — Chris Pratt rode Indigo Farms, LLC’s Cruise to victory over a strong field of 31 contenders during the $100,000 Villas at Rancho Valencia Grand Prix of Del Mar, held on Saturday, May 7 at in a packed Del Mar Arena.

The performance climaxed Hunter-Jumper Week for the 2011 Del Mar National Horse Show, and it provided a little deja vu for the horse and rider duo that last fall won the $30,000 California Horsetrader Grand Prix on the same footing during the Del Mar International event.

This time, Pratt again used Cruise’s blazing speed to outdistance a pair of other finalists with clean go’s in the 12-horse jump-off. The winning 49.824-second go nipped reserve champion Saer Coulter on Copernicus Farms LLC’s Springtime by less than a second (50.684), and it bested third-place finisher Nicole Shahinian-Simpson on Monarch International’s Candle Light Van De Warande by less than two (51.752).

Chris Pratt, who won the $30,000 California Horsetrader Grand Prix last October, returned to the same arena May 7 and won the $100,000 Villas at Rancho Valencia Grand Prix of Del Mar.

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Chris Pratt, who won the $30,000 California Horsetrader Grand Prix last October, returned to the same arena May 7 and won the $100,000 Villas at Rancho Valencia Grand Prix of Del Mar.

Coulter also finished 10th eight faults on board her second jump-off mount, Cash 51, also owned by Copernicus Stables LLC. Like Coulter, John Pearce rode two mounts in the jump-off, finishing sixth on Chianto, owned by Gerald Moore, and 12th on Son Of A Gun.

More Results: See website: http://bit.ly/105B_DM

$100,000 Villas at Rancho Valencia Grand Prix of Del Mar
1st Cruise Chris Pratt 0 49.824 Indigo Farms LLC
2nd Springtime Saer Coulter 0 50.684 Copernicus Stables LLC
3rd Candle Light Van N. Shahinian-Simpson 0 51.752 Monarch International
De Warande
4th Capone I Kyle King 4 44.925 Corrine Super
5th Utopia John Perez 4 47.437 John Perez
6th Chianto John Pearce 4 47.507 Gerald Moore
7th Chawi De Laubry John French 4 47.587 Mountain Home Stables
8th ABS Conquistador Karl Cook 4 48.578 Signe Ostby
9th Obe Will Simpson 8 48.285 Anne Frankel
10th Cash 51 Saer Coulter 8 53.868 Copernicus Stables LLC
11th Cantano Susan Hutchison 12 56.850 El Dorado 29
12th Son of a Gun John Pearce Forest View Farm

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