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Luck Helps Alex Granato Win At Palm Beach Masters

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Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 1

Last year, Carlchen W  was a fresh face at the Palm Beach Masters. The now 11-year-old Mecklenburg gelding (Chacco-Blue—Celline-W, Continue) had been developing under the United States’ Alex Granato since he was 5 years old, and the Masters was his biggest undertaking to date.

After finishing 15th in the 2018 $35,000 Longines FEI Palm Beach Masters World Cup Qualifier, the pair returned a year later to seal the deal.

“I’ve had him a long time, but we really took a long time to develop him; we didn’t want to be in too big of a rush,” said Granato, following his win in the $71,200 Suncast Palm Beach Masters Qualifier. “This past year was his first time even jumping at the four- and five-star level.”

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Alex Granato and Carlchen W topped the $71,200 Suncast Palm Beach Masters Qualifier. TORI REPOLE PHOTOS

Granato and Carlchen W were in good company for the featured class of the day, held at Deeridge Farms, during the CP Palm Beach Masters. Fifty-one riders took to the Alan Wade course, with 21 qualifying for the jump-off. Granato won the class after crossing the timers in a leading 36.90 seconds.

“I think a little bit of luck was on my side,” he said. “The horse is naturally fast, so I just let him carry his pace. I tried to turn a bit tighter, start working on that, conditioning him on some tighter tracks. I went in with a couple rubs in the beginning, but like I said, luck was on our side, and he kept a quick pace.”

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Israel’s Danielle Goldstein and Lizziemary came closest to pole position, finishing in 37.54 seconds. The 13-year-old AES mare has been on break since December, and the Masters is her first competition back.

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Danielle Goldstein’s Lizziemary was in top form during her first competition of the new year as she galloped into second.

“I’ve had her a couple years now,” said Goldstein. “I’ve jumped a couple major championships with her, so I know her really well. I haven’t won a really big class with her in a while, so I’m sort of hoping that the next few months we can sort of get it together, do something good.”

Jessica Springsteen closed out the top three aboard Fleur De  l’Aube.

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Jessica Springsteen and Fleur De l’Aube were one of 21 clear rounds to finish third.


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We’re on site at the Longines Palm Beach Masters CSI4*-W all weekend to bring you news, photos and results. Check back all weekend for more!

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