Horse sport fans at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday morning for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event can get a two-fer: in addition to seeing some of the top riders in the world, they can get a feel for Big Blue Madness.
On cross-country day, University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari will be at the Three-Day Event Shop to sell and sign empty blue-waxed Maker's Mark bottles for his charity, the Calipari Family Foundation for Children. Sales of the limited-edition bottles also will benefit UK Children's Hospital and Equestrian Events Inc., which puts on the annual three-day event.
Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Calipari will sign bottles bought at the event shop, so fans will have to pay admission to the Rolex Kentucky to enter. Tickets for adults are $30 each; children ages 7 to 15 are $25 each.
Bottles are available for $35. They may be purchased in advance, but a receipt from the event shop will be needed to get Calipari's autograph. Calipari will have limited availability, so line tickets will be issued and fans may begin lining up at 7 a.m.
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Leading after one day
Riders on the second day of dressage at the Rolex will be chasing some familiar faces, with the top trio all members of the U.S. team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. After one day of competition, veteran U.S. equestrian Karen O'Connor, riding Mandiba, is in the lead with a score of 43.7 points.
Becky Holder and Courageous Comet, who finished second in the 2008 Rolex Kentucky, are in second with a score of 45.2.
Phillip Dutton and The Foreman, one of the four horses he will ride this weekend, are in third place with a score of 47.2. Riding a different horse, Dutton won the 2008 Rolex Kentucky.
Townend to ride
British rider Oliver Townend, whose arrival was delayed by the volcano eruption in Iceland, will ride both his horses in Friday's dressage, which begins at 9:30 a.m.