Sanoma Blakeley and RA Ares Bay Win 2019 Tevis Cup

The 18-year-old, riding an Arabian gelding found for free in a Craigslist ad, edged out three-time winner Jeremy Reynolds in a race to the finish.
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Sanoma Blakeley and RA Ares Bay Win 2019 Tevis Cup
Sanoma Blakeley and RA Ares Bay edge Jeremy Reynolds and RTR Rimfires Etta to win the 2019 Tevis Cup. | Photo: Ron Osborn

Eighteen-year-old Sanoma Blakeley of Terrebonne, Oregon, and 10-year-old dark bay Arabian gelding, RA Ares Bay, crossed the 2019 Tevis finish line at 9:27 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in Auburn, California. They were just feet ahead of three-time Tevis winner Jeremy Reynolds to claim the Tevis Cup.

Both RA Ares Bay, aka “Goober,” and Reynold’s mount, bay mare RTR Rimfires Etta, pulsed down quickly (heart rates recovered) and vetted out sound after the 100-mile journey, which Blakeley said involved some intense racing during the last several miles.

“I left Lower Quarry (six miles from the finish line) first, but Jeremy and I leapfrogged a couple of times before the finish,” said Blakeley

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Marsha Hayes has been covering endurance, trail, and other equine topics since 2005. She believes every horse has a story.

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