“I came out to the old facility for the winter circuit in ’95. But as my first time in Thermal, I was very impressed. The weather is beautiful – there’s really not much you couldn’t like about it here. It’s great out here. I’ll be coming out for a few weeks, and I’d like to show in the Million [AIG $1 Million Grand Prix at Thermal in March 2017]. I’m a little tied up with some things on the East Coast, but I would love to come back for the entire [Coachella] Winter Circuit if I could.”
Babington’s win in the Thermal Grand Prix netting him $66,000 and came aboard Shorapur, an 11-year-old mare owned by owned by Shorapur LLC who are based in Kentucky USA. Egypt’s Nayel Nassar finished as runner-up with Lordan, while Mexican rider Enrique Gonzalez took the third spot on the podium with Chacna.