Lexington, Ky. – May 16, 2019 – Thursday evening at the Kentucky Spring Classic was highlighted by the $36,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*, the second event in the seven-part series, sponsored by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. Hosted in the Rolex Stadium on a picturesque evening, 62 competitors tried their hand in an attempt to capture the win. Ultimately it was Karl Cook (USA) and Caillou 24 who walked away with the lion’s share of prize money after producing the quickest clean and clear jump-off.
With a jump-off course that asked athletes to tackle six elements, including two new fences on course, Moggre was first on course once again. With one rail down, Moggre left the field wide open for the remaining contenders to steal first place. It wouldn’t be until three trips in that a swift and clean round would be seen when Peter Wylde (USA) and Van De Emma finished on a time of 46.02 seconds. Two trips later, Sharn Wordley (NZL) and his own Casper would take over the lead by nearly three seconds.
Next to take over the lead would be Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Risen, stopping the timers at an impressive 39.88 seconds. However, that time wouldn’t hold them in the lead for long as Cook and Caillou 24, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding, entered the ring one trip later. Utilizing his horse’s big stride, Cook sped around the open jump-off course in 39.10 seconds, a time that would prove impossible to beat. Last to try their hand was Lorcan Gallagher of Ireland aboard the Dacantos Group’s Hunters Conlypso II. Although it looked as if the pair might speed past Cook’s time, they fell just eight tenths of a second short.
Ultimately finishing in the second place position was Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Risen, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Bull Run Jumpers LLC. Lorcan Gallagher and his mount, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding, sealed a third place finish with their time of 41.00 seconds. Gallagher is a competitive contender in the Hagyard Challenge Series, winning the series and the $50,000 rider’s bonus in the 2018 season.
Thursday’s win adds to Cook’s recent success at the Kentucky Horse Park with Caillou 24, owned by Signe Otsby. The pair captured another win in the $36,000 Welcome Stake at the Kentucky Invitational after conquering a competitive field of athletes in April.
Karl Cook – $36,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3* winner
On Caillou 24:
“We got him when he was 7 [years old] and he’s been with us for a while. He’s really spooky so some days are good and some are bad, but today was a great day. He was pretty solid in the first round. There were some places where we struggled, like the first fence into the liverpool double [combination], but that happened to a lot of people. In the jump-off he spooked a lot to fence one, but after that he was really solid.”