Entries for the Rolex Three Day Event have closed and after many hours of hunting, we have confirmed that 24 of the 70 horses originally entered began their careers on race tracks. One week out from Rolex and the entries have gone down, leaving us with 20 OTTBs as of 4/20/12. They've come from tracks on the West Coast, the East Coast, across the pond, and down under. Rolex at the Kentucky Horse Park is America's only CCI**** Three Day Event, and this year is the big test for those who hope to represent their countries at the London Olympics this summer. You can print out a listing of "The Rolex 21," including pinney numbers, here.
The riders of these magnificent horses will recieve cool RRTP hats and be invited as special guests to our Thoroughbreds For All! event on Saturday evening. Most will be tending to their horses or celebrating their successes elsewhere, but we will honor them, follow them, and thank them for proving to the world that racetracks are where you find horses to fulfill your dreams.
In addition to the twenty-five Thoroughbreds who raced, there are an additional four entries who are unraced registered Thoroughbreds and another two that are listed as Thoroughbreds but for whom I could find no pedigrees. So, out of 70 entered horses, 31 are pure Thoroughbreds (44%) with retired racehorses making up 36% of the total entries! No other breed comes close. The remaining entries are listed as Irish Sport Horse (15), Thoroughbred Cross (3), Westphalian (3), Hanoverian (3), warmblood or warmblood cross (3), Oldenburg (3), Selle Francais (2), Swedish Warmblood (1), Holsteiner (1), Dutch Warmblood (1), Spanish Sport Horse (1), British Sport Horse (1), Canadian Sport Horse (1), Anglo European Studbook (1).
Even the Brits like a good OTTB! Parker, owned and ridden by James Alliston, raced as Eastside Park at multiple New Jersey tracks. He never won out of 15 starts, but earned just over $15,000 in his racing career.
Anthony Patch, owned and ridden by Lainey Ashker, raced under the name Alex's Castledream. Racing mostly at Charles Town and Monmouth Park, he was unplaced in 10 starts with just $815 in earnings.
Emily Beshear will be riding Here's to You, owned by Deep Purple Eventing, who previously raced 3 times in West Virginia as Supplize. He earned $1,290 as a racehorse.
Santa's Playboy was one of the more successful racehorses prior to starting his new career. He had 43 starts (including 3 wins), mostly in allowance races and earned just over $128,000. He's now owned and ridden by Amy Ruth Borun.
Leyland, Stephen Bradley's ride owned by Elisabeth Nicholson, raced as Lee Roy Boy winning just $1,810 in 8 starts, with no wins - mostly at Emerald Downs. (withdrawn prior to event)
Tsunami III, ridden and owned by Sally Cousins, raced as Tsu Tsu Ro with 24 starts, earning just over $35,000.
Buck Davidson's Titanium, owned by Carl Segal and Buck, joins Santa's Playboy as one of the few OTTBs competing under their racing name. He had 14 starts, just one win and $11,673 in earnings.
On the other hand, some poor racehorses need a name change. Kadi Eykamp owns and rides Double Rivers Dillon who had the unfortunate race name of Doe Doe Bird. He raced 7 times including one hurdle race and earned $3,400.
Sea Lion raced in New York as Sea Elephant, with 12 starts and earnings of $63,360. The only Thoroughbred stallion in the event, he's owned and ridden by Pam Fisher.
Parklane Hawk was just plain Park Lane as a racehorse in New Zealand. Ridden by William Fox-Pitt and owned by Catherine Witt, he had 19 career starts, include 3 steeplechase and 3 hurdles, and $1875 in earnings.
Similarly, Our Questionnaire, ridden by Heather Gillette and owned by Kathleen McDermott, was simply Questionnaire as a racehorse in New Zealand with 13 starts and $2,200 in earnings. (withdrawn prior to event)
Another horse from the southern hemisphere, High Society III, ridden by Jessica Hampf and owned by Jessica and Carl Hampf, raced in 7 times Australia as Glenfiddich.
A veteran of Rolex and beloved by fans of OTTBs, Becky Holder's Courageous Comet (jointly owned with Tom Holder) will be back this year to show the world that Thoroughbreds can move just as well as a warmblood. He raced 36 times and even placed in a stakes race at Aqueduct. He won $71,780 in his racing career.
Becky's got another OTTB to ride at Rolex this year, Can't Fire Me is owned by Melissa and Phil Town and Tom Holder; he had 7 starts in TX with no wins and only $405 in earnings before moving on to a more fitting job.
Holly Hudspeth is riding a retired racehorse jointly owned with Chuck Hudspeth named Last Monarch. Last Monarch raced 18 times on the west coast, earning just over $5,000.
Jamie's Jet was shortened to just Jet for his eventing life. He is ridden and owned by Ashley Leith after 12 starts as a racehorse where he earned over $54,000 at New York racetracks. (withdrawn prior to event)
Cool Dancer, owned and ridden by Brittany Lunney raced 31 times under the same name - many of those races at Arlington Park- and earned $118,214. For several days, Cool Dancer ("Dan") was in the "unknown pedigree" list until Brittany informed us that we had indeed found the right horse in our research of the Jockey Club's and Equibase's databases.
Another veteran of Rolex, Ying-Yang-Yo will be back this year with Boyd Martin (owned jointly with Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin). He raced 5 times as Mr. Merlin in Australia. We hope that Boyd will have a better round this year with Ying-Yang-Yo than in 2008 when he fell at the Head of the Lake. (withdrawn prior to event)
Kevin McNab, a rider from Australia, has brought his OTTB, Clifton Pinot who raced 20 times in New Zealand as Walliker on the flat, in steeplechase, and over hurdles earning $14,225. (withdrawn prior to event)
Jonathan Paget of New Zealand brings his ex-racer, Clifton Promise who raced in New Zeland as Bachelor Boy. He is listed on the Rolex website as being born in 1999, but the New Zealand studbook lists his dam as having a filly by a different sire in 1999. The sire and dam are a match though for a gelding born in 1998.
Doug Payne is riding Running Order, who raced 3 times in Ireland. He is owned by Patti Springsteen.
Beth Perkins is riding Cynthia Barclay's Sal Dali. He raced 12 times as Mr. Glaisyer in California, earning nearly $4500. Ms. Perkins visited Thistledown race track in Cleavland, OH all the way from Boston, MA to look at a horse listed by CANTER. Turns out that horse wasn't what she was looking for, but she got lucky and happened upon Sal Dali during the same visit...the rest, as they say, is history! Thanks to Nancy Koch, Executive Director of CANTER for that back story!
Icarus's name was cleverly shortened from I Just Want to Fly. He is ridden by Michael Pollard and jointly owned with Nathalie Pollard. He raced just 4 times at Prairie Meadows in Iowa, earning just $540.
Michael Pollard has another ride on a Thoroughbred: Wonderful Will (jointly owned with Nathalie Pollard and Sher Schwartz) had 11 starts and only earned $208 as a racehorse.
Shigatzi, registered with the Jockey Club as King Franc, owned and ridden by Diana Burnett.
Will Faudree's horse, Andromaque (owned by Jennifer Mosing) was registered with the Weatherby's (Irish version of the Jockey Club) but never officially named.
Daily Edition, ridden by Kendal Lehari and owned by Gwen Lehari.
Andrew Nicholson's horse, Calico Joe was also registered with Weatherby's but never officially named.
Shady Grey, ridden by Andrew Nicholson is listed as a Thoroughbred by Beauchamp King out of a mare named KIm. Found Beauchamp King and several Thoroughbred mares named Kim - not sure which is the correct one!
Madeline, ridden by Holly Payne and owned by Jill Gordon is listed as a Thoroughbred sired by Mysterious Count and out of an unknown mare.
Buck Davidson's Absolute Liberty is listed in the program as a Thoroughbred, but she's by well-known event sire Aberjack a New Zealand Sport Horse who is only mostly Thoroughbred...(note: say that with the Miracle Max accent from The Princess Bride).
Erin Sylvester's No Boundaries is listed as a Thoroughbred/Dutch Warmblood Cross by Not Surprised out of a mare named Natalie. I debated which category to put him in above, but finally settled on the "Thoroughbred cross" rather than "warmblood or warmblood cross" or Dutch Warmblood since he was clearly marked as a cross, and the TB was listed before the Dutch Warmblood...I know...semantics...or maybe we just want to hog all the Thoroughbreds! There are a lot of horses named Natalie in the pedigree databases, but I'd hazard a guess that this might be the right one (based on age and breed) even though the pedigree is pretty incomplete.
Absolute Liberty (by my calculations, she's about 94% Thoroughbred, but my math could be off)
Houston ridden by Daniel Clasing, is an AngloArab by breeding - at about 87.5% Thoroughbred. We know AngloArabs can be quite successful eventers as Finn and Mary Guiness's superstar Tamarillo and William Fox-Pitt proved time and time again.
Belmont, ridden by Kate Hicks is by a Dutch Warmblood stallion named Boeskoolboy (approximately 50% Thoroughbred blood) and out of an unknown mare, but we'll take her word for it that he's a Thoroughbred cross.
How much Thoroughbred is in the other horses? I'd be willing to bet that most have a significant influence from Thoroughbreds, especially the Irish Sport Horses. Even the warmbloods will have a good dose of Thoroughbred in there for speed and stamina. Maybe someone with more time than me can come up with some rough percentages.
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