As she walked in the in-gate for the last round, Patricia Griffith got to use a little bit of the advice she’s been repeating to her students for years.
“I was just thinking ‘I want to have a round that I’m happy with and whatever happens happens,’” she said. “I’ve been doing this long enough to know that it’s really easy to mess yourself up. When I teach kids, I always tell them ‘Worry about yourself.’ I think that’s what I tried to do.”
As I drove from the HITS-on-the-Hudson showgrounds to the Albany airport, I passed through a furious rain shower. Then, an intensely vivid rainbow appeared. But it was a bit too late—an hour before, McLain Ward had picked up the pot of gold.
With the only double clear of the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix on Antares F, Ward triumphed over the richest grand prix in the United States. He earned $350,000 for Antares’ owners, Grant Road Partners.
Dark storm clouds loomed on the horizon all day, but the real threat in the $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix was the contingent of riders from Heritage Farm.
After Rounds 1 and 2 concluded, Heritage’s Lillie Keenan is in first with her C Coast Z, Patricia Griffith is in second on Lexi Maounis’ Sienna, and Matthew Metell claimed fourth overall with Heritage’s Pioneer.
Californian Hope Glynn nudged into the standings by riding Chance Of Flurries into third.
To say Chris Pratt had a good weekend at HITS Desert Circuit VI would be a massive understatement.
Pratt started out by winning the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix with Cruise on Friday. Then he tacked up Cruise again today, put in two fault-free rounds and is now taking home an even bigger check—his share of the winnings for the $200,000 Lamborghini Grand Prix Of The Desert—along with the first.
“I couldn’t be happier,” said Pratt, who rides for Canada. “The horse is just coming into his own. He hasn’t had a rail down in two weeks.”