WELLINGTON, Fla.--Brianne Goutal-Marteau riding Cylana won the $5,000 1.30M Classic in the jump-off time of 31.554 of Feb. 14 on the grass field at the Turf Tour at Mida Farm.
Due to inclement weather, Wednesday'swas postponed to Thursday, where sunny skies and exceptional footing set the pace for Valentine's Day on the Turf Tour.
As one of the first few riders to take the field, Goutal-Marteau put in the day's first double clear effort aboard Zernike K with a time of 32.362.
Zernike was barely bested by barn mate Cylana for the day's top prize, and both horses are owned by Rose Hill Farm.
Daniel Bluman and Euphoria placed third in 33.249 seconds.
THE FOLLOWING day, 20 entries competed in the $15,000 1.40M Turf Tour Grand Prix.
Germany's Christoph Schroeder and Gk Performance Horse's bay stallion Diamant de Revel ultimately claimed victory with a double clear effort and jump-off time of 38.869.
Mario Garcia and Fabries put in a spectacular effort, galloping to a final time of 38.948 and second place, less than a tenth of a second behind Schroeder.
Luis F. Larrazabal and Anastasia Blackman's Warwin rounded out the top three, and the pair were also the first double clear effort of the day.
While the Turf Tour attracts top riders including Olympic gold, silver, and bronze Medalists, it is also a place for young riders, green horses, or newly formed horse and rider combinations to get their bearings and strengthen their talents.
Kaylee Croyle and Segrado, in their first ever outing on the grass, won the 1M Jump-off class.
Segrado, who is owned by Tammy Rubio, was back in action with Croyle after a few years apart, and, with the help of trainer Amy Foster, enjoyed the Turf Tour's exceptional atmosphere and footing to rekindle their relationship.
"I was so surprised I won as we had a few miscommunications," said Croyle. "This was my first time ever competing on the grass and it was definitely something I think everyone should experience."
Segrado, who seemed very proud of himself wearing his blue ribbon, was determined to eat Croyle's sandwich from The Ridge's complimentary hospitality tent and cut the interview short.
Friday's $15,000 1.40M Turf Tour Grand Prix wrapped up the final week of competition at beautiful Mida Farms; the Turf Tour continues Feb. 20-22 at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center!