Las Vegas—April 18
When Katie Laurie trotted into the ring on the Thoroughbred-cross Kiwi Iron Mark for Saturday night’s $75,000 Canadian Pacific Grand Prix of Las Vegas, she was riding for more than just a win—she had a very special friend on her mind.
“Melanie Purcell used to ride him, and she was diagnosed with cancer when he was a 6-year-old,” Laurie said. “She asked me to ride him while she was sick, and she died when he turned a 7-year-old. The rest of their family is here, so it was a great ride for them.