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McFarlane riding Ezrah, Wins $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar

Del Mar Fairgrounds - Undaunted by rain earlier in the day, a near-sellout crowd filled the Del Mar Arena to watch Ezrah, ridden by Duncan McFarlane, win the $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar presented by Budweiser, an American Grand Prix Association event, at the 58th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show.
Duncan McFarlane and Ezrah went double clear and were the fastest in the jump-off against five finalists. McFarlane's quick and handy time narrowly beat Nicole Shahinian-Simpson, on El Campeon's Cirka Z, owned by El Campeon Farms. Shahinian-Simpson was double clear just .171 of a second behind McFarlane on Ezrah.
A total of 28 horses and riders took on the challenge of the 16-fence Grand Prix of Del Mar course. Despite earlier rains and wet ground conditions, course designer Peter Holmes of Canada set a time allowed on the course of 83 seconds. Three riders retired from the course without finishing; while five finished the first round clean and moved on to the jump-off course of eight fences with a time allowed of 51 seconds.

(Photo credit: Ed Moore Photography)
Duncan McFarlane and Ezrah went double clear and were the fastest in the jump-off to win the $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar, presented by Budweiser, an AGA event.

Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and El Campeon's Cirka Z nailed the first clean rounds in each go of the Grand Prix. She had the only clean go in the first round until 20 horses later, when Richard Spooner and Bradford, owned by Kenly Farms, went clean with a time of 80.234.
Among the final five, Air Jordan, ridden and owned by John Pearce, was ahead of the clock in the jump-off and finished with a time of 34.749 but took a rail down on the way.
Will Simpson on El Campeon's Ado Annie, owned by El Campeon Farms looked like they would be the fastest to finish until the very last fence. A rail came down at the bitter end as they clocked 35.268.
Richard Spooner and Bradford, had rails down at two fences in the jump-off. They finished with eight faults in 36.282 seconds. The Lexus $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix qualifier winner Robinson, owned by Halfmoon Bay Investment Group, and Spooner were a crowd favorite, but had rails down at the combination and the last fence in the first round.
Last year's winner Jenni Martin, and Pop-Socks, owned by Temecula Valley Equestrian Center were unsuccessful in winning two in a row. In the first round Martin and Pop-Socks had time faults and jump faults with a rail at the last fence to finish 18th overall.
Winning rider Duncan McFarlane, his wife Gry, and son Ian, live in Fairfield, CA, at their Windfall Farm. Originally from New Zealand, McFarlane trains and rides for Ezrah's owner Kathie Cheatham.
Complete results for the$75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar presented by Budweiser, an American Grand Prix Association event and the Del Mar National Horse Show can be found by visiting the show's website at

# # # #Class 100 - $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar - 29 entries
Pl. Rider Horse Owner Faults/Time
1 Duncan McFarlane Ezrah Kathie Cheatham 0/78.114 0/36.554
2 Nicole Shahinian- El Campeon's Cirka Z El Campeon Farms 0/81.270 0/36.725
3 John Pearce Air Jordan John Pearce 0/82.685 4/34.749
4 Will Simpson El Campeon's Ado Annie El Campeon Farms 0/78.655 4/35.268
5 Richard Spooner Bradford Kenly Farms 0/80.234 8/36.282
6 Nicole Shahinian- El Campeon's Petri El Campeon Farms 1/83.704
7 Mark Watring Sapphire Watring/Bohannan 3/85.129
8 Hugh Mutch Contendor The Contendor Group 4/79.911
9 Sarah Baldwin Kijoy Foever Brookwood Stables 5/83.673
10 Gail Greenough Kilkenny Lesandra Kilkenny Crest 6/84.516
11 Molly Talla Mr. Pacific Molly Talla 8/78.551
12 Richard Spooner Robinson Halfmoon Bay Inv. Grp 8/79.199


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