With 19 horses qualified for the jump-off, victory in Sunday’s Top Jock 1.25m was especially sweet for Joanne Wolffer of nearby Sag Harbor, NY, at the Longines Masters of New York. There was no doubt as to Wolffer’s supremacy; she held off the 18 other jump-off contenders by posting a winning time of 26.13 seconds to edge out New York’s Sima Morgello, who stopped the timers in 26.68 seconds to finish runner-up with Azur van Overis Z. Riding for Israel, Ariel Bluman took third place with a clear jump-off performance in 26.69 seconds aboard Euphoria.
“I’ve had my horse since he was six and we’ve grown together,” said Wolffer of Antonov, her 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. “We just connect, and I know that he loves me as much as I love him. When you have that type of partnership it can be incredible. He gives me the confidence to do it.”
It was Wolffer’s first time competing at the Longines Masters and to say she was impressed would be an understatement.
“This show makes you feel so special when you win; they make you feel so good with a victory gallop and a podium presentation,” said Wolffer, 37, whose Wolffer Estate wines were featured as part of the Longines Masters of New York hospitality. “As amateurs, we never get that and it’s really fun for us. It doesn’t feel like it’s just another show. It feels so special!”