Enrique Palacios On Wizard Banamex Stays Atop Mexican Pan Am Games Standings

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Enrique Palacios on Wizard Banamex on their way to victory at the CDI3* i  Mexico City. © 2015 Eugenia Lelo de Larrea
Enrique Palacios on Wizard Banamex on their way to victory at the CDI3* i Mexico City. © 2015 Eugenia Lelo de Larrea

By EUGENIA LELO de LARREA

MEXICO CITY, April 28, 2015–Enrique Palacios on Wizard Banamex won both small tour competitions at the Mexico City CDI3* to consolidate their place atop the Pan American Games selection standings with one event to go before the Mexican team is chosen for the continental championships.

With consistent scores in the 69 per cent range already on record, Enrique and the former Grand Prix mount of Antonio Rivera scored 69.974 per cent at Prix St. Georges and 71.132 per cent at Intermediate 1 at Centro Ecuestre de Alto Rendimiento, site of the equestrian events of the 1968 Olympic Games..

Enrique and the 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding are clear leaders for selection to the Mexican team for the Pan Ams in Toronto in mid-July that will be at a unique format of mixed Big Tour and Small Tour combinations, though Mexico like most nations will likely field all small tour squads.

Bernadette Pujals, who rode Aurora el Camino to lead Mexico to victory in the Nations Cup at the Central American & Caribbean Games last year, has already been selected to the Pan Am team.

Bernadette is recovering from an injury sustained last year, so is taking time off from competition to be prepared for the all important Pan Ams.

José Luis Padilla with Donnersberg. © 2015 Eugenia Lelo de Larrea
José Luis Padilla with Donnersberg. © 2015 Eugenia Lelo de Larrea

The rest of the team is still up for grabs but it is certainly getting interesting after four of the six qualifying tests.

In second position in the Pan Am trials is José Luis Padilla with Donnersberg, scoring 66.000 per cent in the St. Georges for fourth place and 65.474 per cent landing him on the 2nd place in Intermediare 1. The veteran of Central American And Caribbean Games and Pan Am Games is hoping to go for the sixth consecutive time and the fifth occasion with the same horse for the Mexican Team.

Mariana Quintana and Guapo. © 2015 Eugenia Lelo de Larrea
and Guapo. © 2015 Eugenia Lelo de Larrea

Mariana Quintana, the newest prospect, is participating with two horses and is ranked third and fourth. Usually she does best with her longtime mount Benzemá, but this time she scored 67.395 per cent in the Prix St. Georges and 64.842 per cent in the I-1 with Guapo as against 65.184 per cent and 64.737 per cent with Benzemá.

Antonio Rivera, also a veteran of several Central American and Pan Ams ,showed his new mount PRE Levitón ARB which he acquired just six weeks ago to place second on 67.737 per cent in the St. Georges but the horse spooking in the I-1 gave the duo a score of 64.421 per cent.

Antonio Rivera and Levioton. © Eugenia Lelo de Larrea
Antonio Rivera and Levioton. © Eugenia Lelo de Larrea