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Louisville - Thursday Morning

The short Thursday morning session began with 17 weanlings on the schedule for the ASR Amateur Futurity of Kentucky class.  Emerging from the large field was Let’s Go Tango.  By Matt Shiflet’s stallion Tango’s Parting Kiss and out of the talented show mare Go Baby Go, Wesley Hall and Chad Graham presented the big filly who was foaled early in February. Owner and longtime Saddlebred supporter Sharon Anderson could not have been more happy as she met the team out in the chute exclaiming after all this time she finally had her first Louisville blue.  Pieter Hugo owns the reserve champion Far Away Garfield.  The chestnut colt with a long neck and marked with a white star is by Hugo’s stallion (SA) Tom Cat and out of Shady Creek’s Queen.  From Larry Hartsock’s breeding program the handsome black colt Walterway’s Think Big (Exalted Effect x Think Mink) scored the yellow ribbon with Kenny Wheeler and Brad Noel presenting.

The pace picked up a notched with the Road Pony Under Saddle Championship hitting the green shavings next.  Once again it was a one-two punch for Majestic Oaks Hackney Farm.  Cheyenne Mabey had CH Dun-Haven Majestic Motion in top form and speed earning the win for Denise Steinhauer moving up from their reserve in the qualifier.  Reserve honors went to A Dazzling Diva and Sallie-Mason Wheeler for Maureen Campbell.  My Kryptonite and Madison Pope moved up claiming the yellow ribbon for the Lewis Family while Catherine Wheeler had the catch ride aboard Heartland Painted Creation earning the white ribbon for George Burgy.

The amateurs were back this morning for the ASR Kentucky Futurity Two-Year-Old In Hand class with six on the schedule.  The Code Cracker stole the spotlight today not only with his lead, handled by Kenny Wheeler and Brad Noel, but also with his confirmation where he posed with a ton of attitude.  The Undulata’s Nutcracker x Xena son won the class for owner Anita Simpson who was more than thrilled and more than overdue for good fortune.  Kathy Capsuto-Walker presented Nut Too Sweet the reserve title for the Paula Schmidt/Kathy Capsuto Trust who is also the breeder of record.  The beautiful filly is out of Capsuto-Walker’s multi-titled country pleasure mare Tremendously Charming and by the champion producing Undulata’s Nutcracker.  Double Dipper (HS Daydream’s Dignitary x Unspoken Intentions) claimed the yellow ribbon for owner/breeder/presenter Susan Worzalla. 

Freedom Hall moved back to a need for speed as the Youth Roadster To Bike teams burst down the ramp.  In 2012 Carl Julian and Anna Stoddard followed up their World’s Champion Youth Roadster To Bike title with a reserve title.  This year they were back with a vengeance and drove with determination to take home the blue for Lucas Equine Services LLC.  Mitchell Tunstall got the call for the catch drive behind Talladega Nights today.  Together they sped away with the reserve world’s champion title for the McMackin/Mathis partnership.  Eclipse and James Thomas Galbreath picked up the yellow ribbon for Stevie Bagdasarian.

The last of the ASR Amateur Kentucky Futurity classes closed out the session with the yearlings competing.  The winner came from Joe and Betty Russell’s breeding program at Hickory Knoll Farm LLC.  By The Last Don and out of Without A Trace, the colt was presented to the win by the Russell’s nieces.  With two titles to his credit as a weanling, Walterway’s Here Wego added another to his resume today for owner/breeder Larry Hartsock.  The attractive colt is by Exalted Effect and out of Oak Hill’s Watch Me was presented to the reserve title by Kenny Wheeler and Brad Noel.  Another Hickory Knoll entry, Quite The Catch (The Last Don x Becoming) claimed the third spot. 

A long afternoon was left open for shopping, the Saddlebred Rescue Luncheon, meetings and much needed naps.

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