Britain's Fox-Pitt wins Rolex Kentucky for the third time

lblackford@herald-leader.comApril 27, 2014 

British rider William Fox-Pitt won the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on Sunday on Bay My Hero, with American Lauren Kieffer coming in second on Veronica. It was Fox-Pitt's third Rolex win.

Buck Davidson of Ocala, Fla., rode Ballynoe Castle RM to third place.

Fox-Pitt, in first place after Saturday's cross-country phase, kept the lead with a clean round in the show-jumping portion. He won Rolex aboard Cool Mountain in 2010 and Parklane Hawk in 2012.

"You can never believe it's happened until it's come off," he said during a news conference after the event. "I didn't come here expecting to win. I came here expecting to enjoy two nice horses."

As part of his victories, Fox-Pitt has now received three Rolex watches.

"My wife, Alice, has the second one, and I guess this one will be for one of my sons," he said.

Phillip Dutton had been in third place Saturday, but withdrew his horse, Mr. Medicott, before the inspection Sunday morning. On Facebook, he said the horse didn't feel well enough to jump and would be evaluated by veterinarians.

Officials said about 22,000 spectators came to the Horse Park on Sunday; there were more than 35,000 for the Saturday cross-country event.

The competition also served as a selection trial for the squad for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, in August.

The Kentucky Reining Cup also was held Sunday. Shawn Flarida won for the third year in a row, aboard Michell Kimball's Spooks Gotta Whiz.

Mandy McCutcheon was second aboard Yellow Jersey, owned by her father, Tim McQuay, and third was Jordan Larson with Heritage Farm's HF Mobster. The Reining Cup is also a selection event for the World Games.

Linda Blackford: (859) 231-1359. Twitter: @lbblackford

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