Derby Level 1 Open
From the 17th draw, Ashley Kelkenberg, of Scottsdale, piloted Magnificent Dreamer to a 218.5, ultimately winning the Derby Level 1 Open Championship for owner Smoking Roosters PH, of Scottsdale, Arizona.
“I’ve had this horse since August last year and we had some trouble getting to know each other. This is the first time I’ve really gotten him shown good, so I was really happy with him. He was awesome,” Kelkenberg said.
The 4-year-old stallion (Magnum Chic Dream x Heavenly Rooster x Gallo Del Cielo [Rooster]), who was bred by Zachary Gregg, received $940 for the title, plus $1,104 for placing third in Level 2 and $1,295 for tying for sixth in Level 3. The payday boosted him to $5,242 in Equi-Stat, nearly tripling his previous earnings.
Heza Hollywood Legend (PT), ridden by Nicole Hutchings, as well as Zins Rowdy Whiz, navigated by Daphne Thompson, tied for the Derby Level 1 Open Reserve Championship with their matching 217s, which paid them each $651. Heza Hollywood Legend (PT) (Custom Legend x LS Hollywood Chic [PT] x LS Dun It In Color [PT]) was bred by Susan Gay, of Westminster, Vermont, and belongs to Gloria Grove and Michael Jackson, of Arlington, Washington. Beverly Hills, California-based Sleipner LLC’s Zins Rowdy Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Smart Rowdy Lady x Smart Chic Olena) was bred by Patricia Moore.
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