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White Plains Woman Gallops Closer To $500K In Upstate Horse Show

White Plains resident Patricia Griffith rides "Platinum" to victory at the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final in Saugerties. Photo Credit: ESI Photography
White Plains resident Patricia Griffith, "Platinum" the horse, and Platinum's owner Lexi Maounis pose with their title after the weekend's win.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Patricia Griffith of White Plains is back in top contention for the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final, after a pair of scores of 90 gave her and "Platinum," owned by Lexi Maounis, the Devoucoux Hunter Prix win this weekend.

They topped a field of 38, posting a score of 180 – eight points higher than second-place finisher Laena Romond of Colchester, Vt. and Heritage Farm-owned Shoemaker.

Griffith won $5,000 for her victory in Saugerties.

Griffith and Platinum have been here before – they qualified separately for the Inaugural Final in 2011, as well as 2012 and 2013.

Griffith previously rode "Sienna," winning the competition in 2012.  This year however, it might be Platinum’s turn.

“He’s my choice for the upcoming qualifiers and has real potential to take me to the final this year,” Griffith said in a statement of Platinum, a 13-year-old Warmblood gelding. “I know him well and rode him as a pre-green and first year. He's lovely, smooth, balanced and really fun."

This weekend marked the completion of spring qualifiers for the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final Championship on Sept. 7. Competitors will continue to battle it out for the title, and $500,000 prize, when they return to Saugerties during the summer series July 16 through August 4.

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