Unmarked Bills retired from the track just four years ago; this past weekend, “Billy,” (Posse—Kelli's Ransom, Red Ransom) as he is known, competed in the toughest eventing competition in North America: the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
With 24 starts during his racing career, the bay gelding won just over $67,000 at Santa Anita, Golden Gate, Parx, the Meadowlands, Penn National and Charles Town.
Ridden by Chris Talley, the 10-year-old gelding is owned in a syndicate with his former racing owners, David and Daryl Nuesch. David Nuesch is a retired jockey who is now a track steward; he is not unfamiliar with eventing as his dad evented before getting into the racehorses.
When Billy retired from racing, David contacted Chris about getting the horse restarted as a sport horse and the horse has excelled from the beginning, showing true talent for eventing. Scoring a 42.0 in dressage, Talley and Billy finished in 27th place, quite a feat for a horse that hasn't been off the track very long.
Read more at Chronicle of the Horse.
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