Blackfoot Mystery, a 12-year-old Kentucky-bred American Thoroughbred (Out of Place – True Mystery, by Proud Truth), has been named to the 2016 United States Olympic Team in the sport of 3-day eventing, reports offtrackthoroughbreds.com. Along with his partner Boyd Martin, Blackfoot Mystery most recently finished sixth at the Rolex Kentucky 3-day event, one of only six four-star events in the world (the highest level offered in the sport).
“I think it's great that Blackfoot Mystery is a US OTTB—it really shows that American Thoroughbreds have a place at the top of the sport,” Martin said. “To be perfectly honest, I didn't pick Red for his breeding – I was more drawn to his character, movement and athleticism, and it just so happened that he's an American OTTB, and has a great story going through a horse adoption program.”
After a brief racing career, in which Blackfoot Mystery beat a total of four horses in three starts, the gelding landed at the Thoroughbred Rehab Center in California, a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited organization. Adopted by trainer Lisa Peecock, the gelding next traveled east when purchased by Kelly Prather in 2013. Prather competed Blackfoot Mystery at the three-star level before selling him to Boyd Martin's ownership group, the Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate.
At Rolex Kentucky, Blackfoot Mystery's dressage score of 52.0 had the gelding and Martin in 32nd place following the first portion of the competition, but a clean cross-country and double-clean stadium round moved him up into sixth place to finish out the weekend. Blackfoot Mystery also had one of the best times over a demanding, water-logged cross country course with just 3.6 time penalties.
Read more at offtrackthoroughbreds.com.
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