Boyd Martin and On Cue moved up from their overnight spot of 3rd to win the inaugural Maryland 5* event turning in a double clear round and putting the pressure on Tim Price and Oliver Townend, in second and third. Luck was with him today, as each of those riders had a rail. With this win, Martin pulled of the first American 5* win since Philip Dutton and Connaught won Kentucky. [Okay, technically, neither of these riders started out as Americans, but we’re proud to claim them as our own.]
Stadium jumping proved to be a challenge for many riders today, with horses that were a bit tired jumping too flat. With the final competitors so close in score, none had a rail in hand. The difference between first and second place today was 0.10 of a point! On Cue rattled a few poles on course but left the rails up. Prize money for the event was generous; that clear round earned Boyd Martin and his connections $100,000. The rail took Oliver Townend to prize of $45,000 and Tim Price took home $35,000.
This horse has a heart of gold and never stops trying for me!Boyd Martin
Very grateful to USEF for broadcasting the event for free. The coverage was terrific and we got the best seats in the house.