Going forward our handsome gray jumper Socrates, owned by Cross Creek Farms, will be known by his official FEI passport name Socrates de Midos.
Under either name he continues to add to his winning grand prix record – since his debut in the Grand Prix ring this past March he has garnered two 1sts, two 2nds, two 4ths and several other placings – all at Grand Prix level. Consistent and level-headed, this scopey horse has proven to be a real contender.
Most recently at the Showpark August Festival he laid down a fast double-clean round in a large 40 horse field with 16 clean to come back in the jump-off. Fifth in the jump off order, he was the first to go double-clean and then had to wait out eleven more competitors with the opportunity to best his time. Ali Nilforushan and Green Sleepes Vioco finally managed to squeak past Socrates, but we were quite pleased with the 2nd place prize added to his consistent performances of 2009 which include:
1st – $25,000 Arizona Winter Festival Grand Prix
1st – $35,000 Spring Classic III Grand Prix
2nd – $25,000 Sahuaro Classic Grand Prix
2nd – $25,000 August Festival Grand Prix
4th – $25,000 Arizona Desert Finals Grand Prix
4th – $25,000 Red, White and Blue Grand Prix
7th – $25,000 L.A. International Open Stake
9th – $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar
9th – $25,000 Racing Festival Grand Prix
10th – $50,000 Los Angeles National Grand Prix (World Cup Qualifier)