Mexican horse Iniesta wins Caribbean Equestrian Classic

CARACAS (AP) — The Mexican horse Iniesta and jockey Paco López beat the Venezuelan mare LyndaCarter in the final stretch to win the 54th International Classic of the Caribbean on Sunday, endowed with a purse of $290,000 for the winner.

The 1,800-meter race, reserved for three-year-old horses, was held at the La Rinconada racetrack in the city of Caracas. El Clásico has not been played in Venezuela since 2014.

Iniesta, trained by Venezuelan Óscar González, became champion with a record of 01.51.09 minutes. The win was López’s second of the day.

Venezuelan rider Misael Jaramillo —who had five wins and one loss on Sunday— had to settle for second place. LyndaCarter, one of two mares entered in the trial, took the $100,000 prize for second place. Jaramillo has five titles in the Caribbean classic, three of them in a row between 2010 and 2012.

In third place came the Venezuelan rider Javier Castellano with the also local horse Amelazado, who received $50,000 as a reward.

Horses and mares were registered in the test, two from Mexico, three from Panama, one from the Dominican Republic and four from the host country, Venezuela.

Previously, in a race where horses aged three and over participated at a distance of 2,000 meters, the Puerto Rican jockey José Luis Ortiz won the Confraternity Cup by winning with the Venezuelan horse El De Froix. He took home a prize of $116,000 with a time of 2:03:96 minutes.

In second place, by a nose, was the Mexican horse El Santo, ridden by the Panamanian Miguel Ángel Vásquez. The Panamanian Tzar was third with the Argentine William Pereyra and the Puerto Rican horse El salsero with the Puerto Rican Irad Ortiz Jr. was fourth.

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