Stats: age 29, Chatsworth, Ga.
Wonderful Will: dk. b. g., 15.1 hands, 13 years, U.S.-bred Thoroughbred (Wood-man—Shir Dar), owned by Jack and Nathalie Pollard, Chatsworth, Ga., and Sher Schwartz, Waverly Hall, Ga.
In 2008, with rider Mike Winter, this horse won the Red Hills CIC*** (Fla.) and the Poplar Place Farm CIC*** (Ga.), placed fifth at the Jersey Fresh CCI*** (N.J.) and 18th at the Dansko Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.). Last year with Pollard, he placed eighth at advanced at Morven Park (Va.). This spring, they won the intermediate division at Red Hills (Fla.).
Jimmy’s Prediction: This pair has an impressive if slightly erratic record. Michael has been unable to find the secret of consistent success. He’s a good rider with a good horse, but he has a lot to prove this weekend as he goes head-to-head with some of the best horses and riders in the world.