OTTBs in spotlight at Kentucky 3DE

Courageous Comet and Becky Holder.
Becky Holder's Courageous Comet is among 19 horses eligible for a Thoroughbred Incentive Program award at this weekend's Kentucky Three-Day-Event. © Jan Milne

A reception to strengthen the relationship between thoroughbred racing and competitive equestrian sports is being held tomorrow at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) networking reception is open to trainers, owners, breeders, riders, and anyone interested in helping to move Thoroughbreds from the racetrack into second careers as sport horses.

Coinciding with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend, the reception is being hosted by the US Equestrian Federation, American Association of Equine Practitioners, National HBPA, Keeneland, Kentucky Horse Council, Kentucky HBPA, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, and The Jockey Club.

“The purpose of the Thoroughbred Incentive Program is to encourage the retraining of Thoroughbreds in other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding,” said Kristin Hix, legal associate for The Jockey Club.

“We believe this reception will bring together people, including those in the area for the races at Keeneland and the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, who can reinforce our efforts.”

The networking reception will be held at the Limestone Café inside the Keeneland sales pavilion at 6pm following the races. The first 100 participants will receive a ticket to the “Concert on the Lawn,” which benefits the Markey Cancer Foundation and features the band Off the Hook, following the reception at 7:30 p.m.

Thoroughbreds that have successfully made the transition from racetrack to second career will be showcased throughout the evening through various forms of media.

TIP is sponsoring an award for the highest placed Thoroughbred at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The winning entry will receive $1000 and a horse cooler. For purposes of eligibility for all TIP classes and awards, a “Thoroughbred” is defined as any horse that has been registered with The Jockey Club. Foreign-bred horses are eligible if they were imported through The Jockey Club. There are 19 TIP-eligible Thoroughbreds entered at this year’s Rolex.

Created and announced in October 2011, TIP recognizes and rewards the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows. The Jockey Club committed $100,000 to TIP for the pilot program in 2012, for which 167 horse shows from 26 states and two Canadian provinces were approved.


TIP-eligible Thoroughbreds at the RK3DE:

TJC Name First name RIDER Last name RIDER Owner Horse Name
Santa’s Playboy Amy Ruth Borun Amy Ruth Borun SANTA’S PLAYBOY
Jamie Jet Ashley Leith Ashley Leith JET
Courageous Comet Becky Holder Tom & Becky Holder COURAGEOUS COMET
Can’t Fire Me Becky Holder Melissa & Phil Town & Tom Holder CAN’T FIRE ME
Mr. Glaisyer Beth Perkins Cynthia Barclay SAL DALI
Cool Dancer Brittany Lunney Brittany Lunney COOL DANCER
Titanium Bruce Davidson Carl Segal TITANIUM
King Franc Diana Burnett Diana Burnett SHIGATZI
Supplize Emily Beshear Deep Purple Eventing Beshear HERE’S TO YOU
Last Monarch Holly Hudspeth Holly Hudspeth LAST MONARCH
Eastside Park James Alliston James Alliston PARKER
Doe Doe Bird Kadi Eykamp Mark  Hearl DOUBLE RIVERS DILLON
Daily Edition Kendal Lehari Gwen Lehari DAILY EDITION
Alex’s Castle Dream Laine Ashker Laine Ashker ANTHONY PATCH
I Just Want to Fly Michael Pollard Nathalie Pollard ICARUS
Wonderful Will Michael Pollard Sher Schwartz/Michael Pollard WONDERFUL WILL
Sea Elephant Pam Fisher Pam Fisher SEA LION
Tsu Tsu Ro Sarah Cousins Sarah Cousins TSUNAMI
Lee Roy Boy Stephen Bradley Elisabeth Nicholson LEYLAND

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