Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum is on fire in California with another HITS win…

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Published on March 12, 2013

eredith and Malou winning Sunday’s $50,000 HITS Grand Prix Photograph by Selena Frederick of Cheval Photos

In a stunning repeat performance, Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and the nine-year-old mare Malou, owned by Octavia Farms, scored victory in Sunday’s $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. They also won the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix last Sunday. “Malou has emerged as my most successful horse of the Desert Circuit,” Michaels-Beerbaum said immediately following the class, and she wasn’t exaggerating.

Malou has been in the money in every Thermal grand prix in which she’s shown – a total of nine beginning with Desert Circuit II. She also landed in the ribbons in the $5,000 PCHA Jimmy Williams Classic that was her starter class during week one. “The mare is jumping beautifully. I’m delighted,” Michaels-Beerbaum said. Whatever horse she is on, Michaels-Beerbaum is a force to be reckoned with. Riding Windward Farm’s Unbelievable 5, she also placed fourth in a very hard-fought contest for DC VI’s $50,000 HITS Grand Prix. There were 47 starters, with seven making the jump-off, and of those seven only four were able to go double clear.

In what was a climactic finish to an electrifying competition, Michaels-Beerbaum and Malou were the first in on the jump-off and laid down a Great American Time to Beat that could not be topped – 41.07 seconds. New Zealand rider Duncan McFarlane, who lives in San Ramon, California, was second to go on Simone Coxe’s Mr. Whoopy, and their time of 41.51 seconds put them into a snug red-ribbon position.

“Hopefully we’re peaking at just the right time,” said McFarlane, who came in second in the 2011 HITS Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties with Whoopy and plans to ride the stallion in the AIG Thermal Million next week. “It was a great outcome with seven in the jump-off and no crazy runs. Everybody had the same number of strides across the first line, rollback to a skinny then one stride and you could gain speed and leave a stride out coming home. I thought it was a really good course.”

Two rides later, Will Simpson of Westlake Village, California, and the Monarch International mare Acorina gave it their best shot, but landed in third with a time of 41.60 seconds. “It was a great grand prix – the best course Olaf Petersen, Sr. designed all week,” said Simpson, who seemed to be a crowd favorite, generating shrieks and cheers as he and Acorina raced around the ring.

Two trips later, Michaels-Beerbaum returned with Unbelievable 5 and the two gave it everything they had, which turned out to be good enough for fourth in 41.66 seconds. When the dust settled, just six-tenths of a second separated the top four.

Paige Dotson of Laguna Hills, California and her family’s Rockford I was fastest of the four-faulters in the jump-off, earning fifth place with a time of 48.47 seconds. Woodside, California-based Karl Cook had a rail and a refusal at the third fence, but still finished within the time allowed four sixth with an eight fault score in a time of 51.91 seconds. In an effort to beat the clock, Brazil’s Eduardo Menezes and his own Caruschka had three rails for a total of 12 faults in 42.86 seconds to finish seventh.

Source: HITS

HITS Thermal $50,000 Grand Prix…

1 Malou Octavia Farms, LLC Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum $15,000 0 0 41.02
2 Mr. Whoopy Simone Coxe Duncan McFarlane $11,000 0 0 41.51
3 Acorina Monarch International William Simpson $6,500 0 0 41.60
4 Unbelievable 5 Windward Farm Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum $4,000 0 0 41.66
5 Rockford I The Dotson Family Paige Dotson $3,000 0 0 48.47
6 Jonkheer Z Signe Ostby Karl Cook $2,500 0 4 51.91
7 Caruschka Eduardo Menezes Eduardo Menezes $2,000 0 12 42.86
8 Tristan Haley Farms, LLC Tiffany Sullivan $1,500 1
9 Wistful Little Valley Farms Ashlee Bond $1,500 4
10 Cadett 7 Little Valley Farms Ashlee Bond $1,000 4
11 Kiss The Sky Horsemanship Unlimited Lane Clarke $1,000 4
12 Eleonora Shin Shin Group Jenn Serek $1,000 4

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