Eleven Thoroughbreds are among the 43 equine entrants for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event held Thursday through Sunday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The prestigious competition is based on a combined score of each horse and rider in dressage, cross-country jumping and show jumping.
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Six Thoroughbreds raced before redirecting their athleticism to a different sport. The lineup includes Unmarked Bills, a 10-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Posse who was a three-time winner in 24 starts before closing his racing career in 2014. Four months later, he was eventing and quickly moved to the upper levels of the sport.
Another is Shykee’s Thunder, who competes now as Tactical Maneuver and is a 14-year-old Florida-bred gelding by 1995 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Thunder Gulch. A non-winner in 12 starts at the track, Shykee’s Thunder will be making his third appearance in four years at the Three-Day Event.
The Three-Day Event features an array of attractions in addition to the eventing competition, which include activities provided by the Retired Racehorse Project, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing demand for Thoroughbreds away from racing. Presentations include a preview of four candidates for the RRP’s Thoroughbred Makeover competition in October.
Rosie Napravnik, Keeneland’s leading jockey at the 2013 and 2014 Fall Meets, is paired with Keeneland winner Bethel Wildcat for this attraction.
A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Discreet Cat, Bethel Wildcat won two of six starts.
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