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Spruce Meadows

July 10, 2005

Schuyler Riley Has A Remarkable Repeat In Chrysler Derby Today

The $175,000 Chrysler Classic Derby is hard enough to win. In the 15-year history of the class, only 9 horses and riders had jumped clear. That was until today, however. Today, Schuyler Riley accomplished the mammoth task of jumping the long course, complete with numerous daunting natural obstacles, clean. It's just her luck that Rodrigo Pessoa picked the same day to accomplish the same task.

July 9, 2005

Darren Finkelman Who???

"I had to laugh, because in between the first and second rounds [former World Champion] Gail Greenough was doing commentary for the TV, and she said that the 12 riders for the second round were a virtual 'Who's Who' of show jumping. I thought to myself, 'No, 11 of those, and one "WHO???"' said Darren Finkelman after the $200,000 Queen Elizabeth Cup on July 9 at the Spruce Meadows North American Tournament.

July 9, 2005

Beezie Is Queen For A Day

There aren't many classes Beezie Madden hasn't won, but until today, July 9, the $200,000 Queen Elizabeth II Cup had been one of them. But in a thrilling finish, Madden and Authentic sped to the top of the class during the Spruce Meadows North American Tournament.

"This is actually my first big grand prix win here. I've been second a fair bit!" Madden joked. "Authentic felt great. He tried so hard. He was a little rambunctious the first round, but by the second round and the jump-off, he'd settled and was much more rideable."

July 8, 2005

Beezie Wins, But Others Have Different Triumphs

Judgement's had a good run at Spruce Meadows this season, but he and Beezie Madden had to wait until the $50,000 Lafarge Cup today, July 8, for a big win. "He's been great here all circuit, ”I think he missed placing in just one class,” but he's just been close to winning," Madden said.

July 7, 2005

Glasgow’s Back At Spruce Meadows

For a few minutes, it looked like Brazil's Bernardo Alves was going to win yet another class at the Spruce Meadows North American Tournament. Alves has been on an unbelievable hot streak this week. Yesterday, he won the $30,000 Enerflex Cup on Fort Neuville de Joter, then placed first and second in the $25,000 Molson Cup on Concept and Corino. And he'd gone fast and clean on Canturo today, July 8, as the second to go in the eight-horse jump-off of the $50,000 Direct Energy Business Services Cup.

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