Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 2, 2018 – The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic proved to be a challenge for almost everyone except Ireland’s Lorcan Gallagher, who produced two of the only four clear rounds out of a starting field of 53 horse-and-athlete combinations on Thursday evening. Gallagher, who was ninth in the original order-of-go, produced the first clear round of the night on Hunters Conlypso II. There was not another clear round until he returned to the ring on Charlie. Facing off against veterans Todd Minikus and Alison Robitaille, Lorcan produced the fastest double-clear round on Hunters Conlypso II, stopping the clock in 42.139 seconds. Robitaille and Ace were hot on his heels with a double-clear ride that finished in 42.465 seconds. Gallagher was third on his second mount, while Minikus placed fourth with two unlucky rails over the short course.
Lourdes Low is Splendid to Capture USEF Large Pony Medal Win
Large ponies took over the Claiborne Ring on Thursday at the Kentucky Horse Park, concluding competition with the USEF Large Pony Medal, where 13-year-old Lourdes Low bested 21 entries to capture the victory with Agnes Hahn’s Splendid. Second place was awarded to Madison Moore and Watchusayin, while Katherine Fason and A Blond Moment finished third.