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Victoria and Sarah Segal descend the large bank and win the $15,000 Bluegrass Derby at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show.

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Victoria and Sarah Segal Prove Last is the Best in $15,000 Bluegrass Derby at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Written by: Jennifer Wood
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2007-05-12

Lexington, KY - May 12, 2007 - In an exciting class of 39 competitors, the final ride proved to be the best when Victoria and Sarah Segal galloped through the timers to win the $15,000 Bluegrass Derby at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Segal took the blue ribbon from Irishman Shane Sweetnam on Victor III. Robert Kraut and Nemo finished in third place.

Today’s $15,000 Bluegrass Derby was a unique event held in the Sheila C. Johnson Arena. The course, designed by Richard Jeffery of Great Britain, featured two open water jumps, a liverpool, a small bank and a large hill that riders had to gallop up and down to fences. The class was a Table III format with faults converted into seconds and added to the time. The jumps were set at 1.40m and there were 17 numbered obstacles on course. Only three of the riders in the top ten were clear, and the top two finishers had four faults.

The early leader in the class was Undine, ridden by Schuyler Riley for Turtle Hall Farm Partners. They were the first competitors to complete the course with no faults and finished in a time of 103.205 seconds.

The lead changed hands when Sweetnam and Spycoast Farm’s Victor III, a nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Clinton, raced around the course. Victor III had a rail in the one stride, but his fast time of 94.620 seconds was good enough for first place. With the four faults converted, his final time was 98.620 seconds.

Robert Kraut and Nemo, owned by Meghan Moran, made a bid for the lead with a clear round, but their time of 100.224 seconds was just off the mark. They would finish in third place.

Sweetnam looked to be the winner of the class until the final competitor entered the ring. Sarah Segal and Victoria, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Abigail Wexner, picked up a quick gallop and kept their pace throughout the course. They faltered only at the open water at jump number four, but their lightning quick time of 93.276 seconds gave them the win. Their final time with faults added was 97.276 seconds.

“I thought I had it!” Sweetnam said with a shake of his head. “After watching the first few go, it looked like if you went careful and clear, you’d probably get nothing. But, if you went quick and maybe had one down and got away with everything else, you’d be okay. It would have been nice if I was clear. I just went as fast as I could go.”

This was Segal’s first win in a derby class. Segal has ridden Victoria regularly, but this was only their second show together. “She was so much fun. She was so easy, and she’s really, really fast and careful,” Segal noted. “I was lucky that I got to go at the end. I knew that the (winning) time had a fence down, so my plan was to go fast, but I knew that it was in reach.”

Of her ride, she commented, “I thought I was going pretty fast, and everything just came up nicely. I didn’t make a lot of adjustments. At the bank, she knows that really well and she’s practiced it. I thought we had a good plan after walking and watching everyone do the big bank. We angled it from the top and made it smooth going around rather than going down [the steep part]. I thought it was really fast there.”

The highlight of this week’s Kentucky Spring Horse Show, the $50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix, CSI 3*, starts tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. Next week, the show jumping action continues in the Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show from May 16-20.

Full results and more information on the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows can be found at

Results of Class 229 $15,000 Bluegrass Derby, Table III
Kentucky Spring Horse Show
May 9-13, 2007
T/A: 180.00
Rank Num Horse Name NAT Jump Faults Time Faults Time Score
1 1143 VICTORIA SARAH SEGAL 4.00 93.276 97.276
2 1220 VICTOR III SHANE SWEETNAM 4.00 94.620 98.620
3 1216 NEMO ROBERT KRAUT 0.00 100.224 100.224
4 975 RIOLETTO JONATHAN MCCREA 8.00 93.133 101.133
5 1452 CANTATE 26 ELIZA SHUFORD 4.00 99.182 103.182
6 694 UNDINE SCHUYLER RILEY 0.00 103.205 103.205
7 908 QUILANO DE KALVARIE CARA RAETHER 4.00 99.437 103.437
8 351 OLAROME RORY GRANT 0.00 104.899 104.899
9 90 IRISH HUNT DAVID BEISEL 8.00 97.679 105.679
10 60 CURIOSO Z PABLO BARRIOS 8.00 97.971 105.971
11 1393 STAR APPLE GEORGINA BLOOMBERG 4.00 101.974 105.974
12 1026 SOUVENIR KEVIN BABINGTON 8.00 98.315 106.315

Photo Credit: Victoria and Sarah Segal descend the large bank and win the $15,000 Bluegrass Derby at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Photo © 2007 Jennifer Wood. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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