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Jenny Karazissis Holds Lead In Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final After Two Rounds

Saugerties, N.Y.—Sept. 10

62 riders entered the first ever Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final at HITS-On-The Hudson. The first two rounds were held Saturday Sept. 10, with 50 returning to the second phase.

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Saugerties, N.Y.—Sept. 10

62 riders entered the first ever Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final at HITS-On-The Hudson. The first two rounds were held Saturday Sept. 10, with 50 returning to the second phase.

Jenny Karazissis traveled all the way to Saugerties, N.Y., from Calabasas, Calif., but the mileage proved to be worth it. She and Heidi Kane’s Sin City scored an 89 in both of their rounds and sit in the lead going into tomorrow’s final.

“I am really excited to be here,” said Karazissis. “It’s a long way to come with one horse, but it has been worth it.”

Of the 50 who rode Rian Beals and Jerry Dougherty’s courses today, 25 have now qualified to show what they’re made of in the third round, which will kick off at 11 a.m. on Sunday Sept. 11 in the Strongid C2 X Grand Prix Stadium. All first and second round scores will be cleared. The top four riders after tomorrow’s third phase will be asked back to ride off to decide who will take home the $150,000 first-place check.

Junior rider Samantha Schaefer piloted Lyn Pedersen’s Mahalo to a first round score of 79.5 and came back for a stellar second round, putting 91 points on the board. They sit in second.

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“I think today was more nerve racking than tomorrow will be,” said Schaefer, Westminster, Md. “I went into the class hoping to make the cut and be able to have some fun tomorrow.”

Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas will start tomorrow’s hunter competition in the third place position with Carol Jardine’s Prudence. Fenney is also qualified for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, which will take place after the hunter prix, beginning at 2 p.m.

John French on Oscany, Inc.’s Illusion and Kate Conover with Redfield Farm’s Balios Z are in fourth and fifth places, respectively.

“The winner of this class won’t be decided by judges awarding handy or bonus points,” said HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri. “It will be decided by the horses and riders.”

Both the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final and the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix can be viewed in live streaming tomorrow, courtesy of HITS.

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