Boyd Martin has made a substitution for his Tokyo Olympic eventing mount after Luke 140 sustained an injury in training.
Martin originally was named to the Olympic team with the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Landos—Omega VI, Limbus), owned by the Luke 140 Syndicate, after the pair won the Jersey Fresh CCI4*-L (New Jersey) in May.
He will substitute Tsetserleg TSF, a 14-year-old Trakehner gelding (Windfall—Thabana, Buddenbrock) owned by Christine Turner, Thomas Turner and Tommie Turner. He also has On Cue, who he owns with Christine, Thomas and Tommie, as a direct reserve.
“Unfortunately, Luke 140 looks like he has tweaked his leg on his last gallop,” Martin said. “My gut feeling is that if I push on with him towards the Tokyo Olympics that it could turn into a bad injury. Luke is a young horse and has a huge future ahead of him, and I believe it’s better to save him for another day. This is a heartbreaking decision as Luke has been in fantastic form in his training in the build up towards Tokyo. I am very grateful that I have a tremendous replacement horse in Thomas (Tsetserleg) whom is also in sizzling condition. I would like to thank and tell the group of owners behind Luke how sorry I am.”
Martin and Thomas won team and individual gold at the 2019 Pan American Games (Peru) and finished second at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky CCI5*-L.
In 2020, they won the MARS Equestrian Tryon International CCI4*-L (North Carolina) in November and competed at Kentucky this spring, but they fell on cross-country a few fences from home.
Both Thomas and Luke show jumped at the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show (Virginia) on June 16.