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April 25, 2012

First Rolex Kentucky Jog Whittles Field By One

Becky Holder's striking red jacket stood out against the coats of her two gray mounts—Courageous Comet and Can't Fire Me (pictured).

April 25—Lexington, Ky.

The ground jury accepted all but one of the 58 entries presented at this afternoon’s first horse inspection for the Rolex Kentucky CCI****.

Brittany Kart was the unlucky rider to be spun. Her horse Llewellyn was held for re-inspection, and the ground jury did not accept him on his second presentation.

Diana Burnett’s Shigatzi and Kate Hicks’ Belmont were also held, but both passed upon re-inspection.

The vast majority of horses looked fresh and eager to tackle the competition ahead; several were asked to jog again after their excited antics interfered with their trotting. But the most dramatic moment of the inspection came when Phillip Dutton’s mount Mighty Nice slipped and, in the blink of an eye, crashed to the ground in the middle of the jog lane.

The gelding jumped to his feet immediately, and veterinarian Catherine Kohn and the ground jury president came to inspect him where he stood, somewhat stunned. Dutton continued jogging him, though, and he passed without further inspection.

Dressage begins tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. Buck Davidson and Absolute Liberty will be the lead-off pair.

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