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What A Lovely Evening



 

            After predictions of rain in the forecast for every night, we were delighted to have a lovely night to show horses with a little cloud cover but pleasant temperatures. The Junior League went above and beyond to improve the track that had been quite wet and sloppy earlier in the day by removing much of the wet footing and replacing it with new dry footing. We started off the night with Todd Graham continuing to show off his stock. He had prepared the winner of the largest class of the show so far earlier in the day – Carissa Marshall and Nuttin To Lose earned a unanimous decision in the 17-entry Adult Country Pleasure Class – and then he returned for the first class of the evening to meet Caitlin Cline in the winner’s circle with Soquili’s Georgia Kracker who won the Ladies Amateur Three-Gaited Class. See our interview with Todd Graham on Report TV.

            It was quite the night for High Caliber. McGee Bosworth took a pair of blues starting with a unanimous decision in the Ladies Amateur Five-Gaited class with CH Moonlight Memories and following up with CH Let’s Talk winning the eleven-entry Amateur Three-Gaited Park Class. But the biggest smile at High Caliber came from Vickie Byrd who rode her beloved Iconium to the win in the Amateur Five-Gaited Stallions/Geldings.

            Tre Lee showcased Vegas Moon to the unanimous win in the Junior Five-Gaited Mares for Golden Creek Farm, and Mary McClean returned for her own two trips to the winner’s circle in the Open Harness Pony class for a unanimous decision with Go Daddy and in the Amateur Road Pony Class with Regal’s Lightning Strike LF.

            Smith Lilly made duplicate trips to the winner’s circle both with Grace Arnold LLC entries. First, We Must Be Nuts won the Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding Class unanimously. Smith returned just two classes later with similar results – a unanimous decision in the Junior Three-Gaited Over 15.2 Class with Tango’s Token Kiss.

            The elegant Magical Promises and Anna Marie Knipp were the unanimous choice of the judges in the Amateur  Fine Harness Stake for High Spirits Farm under the guidance of Robert Gardiner. Lovely lady Deborah Orr took her Samur’s Cover Girl to the unanimous decision in the 10-entry Ladies Three-Gaited 15.2 & Under. The Ladies Five-Gaited Gelding Class featured seven top riders with Elizabeth Ghareeb and Ridgefield’s Dancing Soldier earning the unanimous support of the judges under the Grey Ridge Farm banner.

            And last year's Lexington Five-Gaited Grand Champion Melinda Moore closed out our night with a unanimous win in the Five-Gaited Mare Stake with her own Arrowhead’s Barcelona. 

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