Horse Racing

Miller, Lamaze big winners at Spruce Meadow

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The Canadian Press
6/13/2009 8:44:57 PM
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CALGARY -- Olympic medallists Ian Millar and Eric Lamaze came out on top in separate equestrian events at Spruce Meadows on Saturday.

Millar of Perth, Ont., edged Cara Raether of the U.S. to win the $200,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix, while Lamaze, a native of Schomberg, Ont., won the TransCanada Parcours de Chasse.

Millar, who won a silver medal in the team event at the Beijing Olympics, rode In Style to a no-fault time of 43.37 seconds ahead of Raether (43.55). The last time he won the event was in 1992.

"It was a little bit of a drought, as they say," said Millar.

Beth Underhill of Schomberg, Ont., finished third with no faults in 50.14.

Lamaze, the event's defending champion, had to settle for fifth after hitting a jump and finishing with four faults and a time of 44.08 seconds.

Calgary's Jenna Thompson was sixth, Jonathan Asselin, also of Calgary, finished seventh, Amy Millar of Perth, Ont., came up ninth and Keean White of Rockwood, Ont., was 10th.

Lamaze had better luck in the second event.

After Will Simpson of the U.S. set an early time of 89.11 seconds, which held the lead for 16 more riders, Lamaze finished in 88.77 aboard Lord du Janlie to win the $60,000 prize.

Eric Lamaze (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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