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Danielle Goldstein and Levistano 2 Score Double Clear Victory in $20,000
Bluegrass Classic at Kentucky Spring Classic
Danielle Goldstein and Levistano 2 won the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic at the
Kentucky Spring Classic.
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Lexington, KY - May 22, 2011 - Early this morning, riders gathered at the
Rolex Stadium to compete in the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic, as the Kentucky
Spring Classic comes to a close. After late thunderstorms last night, the
sun had come back out this morning at the Kentucky Horse Park, where four
horse and rider combinations were able to advance to the jump-off. The
fastest of the day proved to be Danielle Goldstein and Levistano 2, who
notched a double clear effort just ahead of Paige Johnson and Kadena
R. Rounding out the top three was Richie Moloney and Let's Go, who also had
a perfect short course.
Thirty-one riders made their attempt over Richard Jeffery's first round
course, which included a stonewall, open water, double combination, and
triple combination. Only four of those riders were able to complete the
course without fault and advance to the final test. Leo Paoli was able to
leave all the fences standing with Country Boy, but crossed the timers just
over the time allowed for three time faults and a fifth place
finish. Wednesday and Friday winners, Quentin Judge and HH Sandor, had the
fastest four-fault time for the sixth place award.
"When I walked it, I didn't think it was necessarily too big, but it had
some technical lines, a couple questions, a lot of steady lines," noted
eventual winner Danielle Goldstein. "I ended up having to fight a little bit
for the clear."
For the jump-off, riders started over a single oxer and made a bending line
to a plank fence that eliminated a number of riders during the first
round. They then rolled back to a vertical-oxer double combination and
galloping to the wall fence. This was followed by a sharp left turn to a
single oxer, and finally, the riders made their way through the timers after
jumping the final oxer.
Goldstein was the final rider to show over the short course with Levistano
2, owned by Starwyn Farms, and proved to be the best of the bunch. The duo
held a steady pace throughout the course and never touched a rail, stopping
the clock at 35.786 seconds, to go straight to the top of the leaderboard
and lead the victory gallop.
"As I was walking in, a couple people told me I didn't need to run, but the
horse is a little slow across the ground and has a bit of a hang time, so I
knew I needed to keep moving a little bit," explained Goldstein. "It started
out good, I didn't leave out a stride in the first line, but I was quick to
the combination and down to the wall. I had a good turn back on the oxer and
was able to keep coming forward. To the last, I think I probably could have
done one less, but it still worked out, so I am happy."
Paige Johnson went in the ring just before Goldstein with Salamander Farm's
Kadena R. The duo was slightly conservative when they rolled back to the
oxer, but a kept a quick pace throughout the rest of the course, and
included an excellent roll-back to the double combination. They eventually
finished just behind Goldstein for second place with a fault-free time of
Kadena R is a 16-year-old mare that just began showing late this winter
after recovering from an injury, and Johnson has been thrilled with her
performance over the last two weeks. "My plan was just to go neat, but be
tidy; not run her off her feet, but just to go and have a solid round, go a
little faster than Richie, since I knew there was one person left," she
commented. "That's kind of the risk that you take without going crazy, just
going fast enough. It was a really close time and I am very proud of my
mare, she's been great!"
Richie Moloney was the second to show over the jump-off course with the
Equinimity LLC entry of Let's Go. At that point, there had been no clear
efforts over the challenging track, so Moloney chose to keep a conservative
pace with his new mount. The pair was able to leave all the fences standing,
but stopped the clock at 39.811 seconds, which, while two seconds off the
winning pace, would hold up for third at the end of the class.
The fastest time of the day went to Christina Kelly and Camirage, owned by
Diamond Edge Farm. They were the first to complete the first round without
fault, but they were unable to mimic that effort during the jump-off. The
duo's quick pace proved costly when a very sharp turn to the oxer after the
wall caused them to pull down a rail. Kelly and Camirage broke the beam in a
speedy 33.065 seconds, but their four-fault score earned the fourth place
Goldstein and her talented mount had a very solid effort to win today's top
honors. "I have had the horse a little less than a year and it took awhile
to get used to him," she said. "I've changed bridles a lot, but it finally
seems like it coming together. He is a lot different than my other horses. I
feel like I want to help him a little bit, but I think the more I leave him
alone the better he goes. As long as I keep going forward and leave him
alone at the jump he does well."
The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows are a favorite for Goldstein, who has been
coming to compete at the Kentucky Horse Park for a number of years. "I love
this horse show," she smiled. "The facility is beautiful, the footing is
great, the ring is excellent, and the show is run well. I am very happy."
Today marked the conclusion of the Kentucky Spring Classic, but the exciting
hunter/jumper action at the Kentucky Horse Park will continue later this
year during the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows. Beginning on July 27, 2011,
five weeks of competition will get underway, including the Kentucky Summer
Horse Show, the NAJYRC, the Kentucky Summer Classic, the USEF Pony Finals,
the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, and KHJA Horse Show.
For more information about the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit