Santiago Lambre Lands Another Win in CSI3* GGT Footing Welcome Stake
Santiago Lambre (BRA) is getting comfortable in the winner’s circle during the Tournament of Champions. Continuing his championship streak, Lambre scored victory for the fourth time in two weeks, this time aboard Casey in Friday’s $37,000 CSI3* GGT-Footing Welcome Stake.
Over Olaf Petersen, Jr.’s (GER) first-round course, 14 pairs out of the starting 38 jumped clear rounds, making for a highly competitive jump-off. Roberto Teran (COL) with Trefoil Farm LLC’s Babycomeback took the pace up a notch with a blazing fast double-clear round in 35.48 seconds, then shortly after, Samuel Parot (CHI) took over the second-place position with Chrystal Blue in 36.47 seconds, leaving very little room left to sneak a spot atop the podium.
As the second-to-last to jump over the short course, Lambre proved his speed gears were unmatched, racing the 10-year-old Hanoverian mare (Cartani x Grannus) around the short course, omitting strides everywhere possible and taking the speed a second and a half faster in 34.00 seconds. Teran was pushed to second while Parot ended up third.
“Casey came in March for me,” Lambre said about his past with the horse. “This was the first FEI [competition] I rode her in. She jumped so well in the National Grand Prix [last week] – clear with one time fault. I had a good feeling. Sunday is going to be her first [FEI] Grand Prix.”
Lambre believes strongly in the mare and sees her as one that could jump bigger tracks with him aboard. “She’s a very scopey horse, has nice technique, and is brave,” he said. “I’ve only ridden her in four or five shows but my theory is she can jump the big classes.”
Lambre is on a roll in Traverse City and has no intention of slowing down. “I have seven horses [at this level],” he said of his string. “This week I changed completely to three new horses. I gave my other group a week off [to prepare] for the American Gold Cup. That makes a difference. You can have the horses fresh. Casey is one horse that is maybe an option for next week too.”
When asked why his horses perform so well at the Flintfields Horse Park, now scoring four major wins on four different horses, he replied, “The ground is very good. The footing is for sure one of the best in the US. The horses jump with power and at the same time it’s soft. The horses are very sound after they jump three days. I’m very happy to be here.”