Lexington, KY – May 27, 2017 – It was a one-two finish for Colombian rider Roberto Teran Jr. in the $10,000 Lugano Diamonds Youngster Bowl for 7- and 8-Year-Old Horses at the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Lexington International CSI 3*. Teran rode Entano, a 2009 KWPN gelding by Namelur R, to victory for owner Daniel Bluman, barely edging out his own horse, Al Ain FBH, an eight-year-old Zangster mare by Contact VD Heffinck.
Teran was the last to enter the ring for the jump-off on Entano, and knew just what it would take to better his previous time of 37.459 with Al Ain FBH, and better it is exactly what he did. Entano passed through the timers in 36.810, .06 seconds in the lead.
“I am riding Entano because I am a business partner with Daniel Bluman, and he is in Europe right now, so I have the ride until Spruce Meadows when Daniel returns,” Teran said. “He is a fantastic horse. He is green, but very scopey, very careful, very smart, very brave; everything that you would like to have in a young horse.
“The second-place horse is mine,” Teran offered with a smile. “I bought her with a good friend of mine, Juan Carlos Garcia, and she is the same as Daniel’s horse, really outstanding. She is going to be a 1.60m horse. She is a winner. To have two of the best young horses in the world is very lucky for our team. Both are brave, careful, fast, and competitive; just a pleasure to have. The most important thing in a horse is to try to be a winner and these two want to go in there and win for you.”
Hunter Holloway aboard Donnalaris led wire to wire in the $10,000 U25 Young Rider Cup. Holloway and Donnalaris were the first entry to contest the course, the first clear round, and the first to challenge the jump-off course. Their time of 37.424 seconds set a tough mark to beat and eventually landed them on the winner’s podium.
Kady Abrahamson and her speedster, Bugatti, made a valiant attempt to catch Holloway, beating her time by finishing in 36.699, but a rail down left them in second place.
“It’s tough competition here”, said Holloway. “But I think you rise to the occasion. I was pretty determined not to give anyone places to shave off time, and that is the advantage to going first I think. I just wanted first of all to go clean, then I wanted to lay down a time that would be hard to catch. I went first two days in a row and both times my strategy worked out. Hopefully I can continue.”