Pablo Barrios the king of Kentucky does it again.

Venezuelan rider Pablo Barrios adds a new victory at Rolex Stadium in Kentucky, who has certainly become the main attraction of Lexington in recent years. (Photo © Lenore Phillips)


Again the Venezuelan rider Pablo Barrios got a new victory at the Rolex Stadium of Kentucky Horse Park, dominating the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic.

Hagyard Series winner in previous years, Venezuelan Olympic rider Pablo Barrios made it clear who is in charge of Kentucky with his 13-year-old mare Zara Leandra (Metropole x Ahorn), dominating the 10-riders jump-off round in a course designed by Mexican Oscar Soberon.

With a time of 36.24 seconds, Pablo Barrios beat US rider Davis Beisel in double ended with the 12-year-old Ammeretto (Numero Uno x Goodtimes), who completed his run in 36.86 seconds and take third place with the 11-year-old gelding Call Me Hannes (Cassini II x Lasino) in time of 37.67 seconds.

“No one wants to be second,” exclaimed Pablo Barrios. “There are always fasted jump-offs here (Lexington) and I lost in June a class at the Country Heir Show where I’d been fast enough, but there’s always someone behind you. I tried to be the fastest with my mare today and she responded very well” said the winner.

Now Pablo Barrios has two victories and a second place with the $50,000 Country Heir II Grand Prix and $25,000 Rood and Riddle Grand Prix, again favoring him to opt for the $50,000 special prize for the best Hagyard Series rider where the Venezuelan has been The most successful in its history.

Completed the Top 5 Lacey Gilbertson of United States in fourth place with a time of 37.83 seconds and New Zealand rider Sharn Wordley in fifth place in 38.28


Final Results $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
1.- Zara Leandra/Pablo Barrios (VEN) 0/0/36.24
2.- Ammeretto/David Beisel (USA) 0/0/36.86
3.- Call Me Hannes/David Beisel (USA) 0/0/37.67
4.- Cobolt/Lacey Gilbertson (USA) 0/0/37.83
5.- Caiman De Sequoias/Sharn Wordley (NZL) 0/0/38.28
6.- Shiver/Liza Finsness (USA) 0/0/39.56
7.- Rye Val De Mai/Sharn Wordley (NZL) 0/4/39.66
8.- AF Karatino/Natalie Thornell (USA) 0/4/41.97
9.- Famoso D IVE Z/Sharn Wordley (NZL) 0/12/36.32
10.- Cassi/Nicole Shahinian-Simpson (USA) 0/0/RT
11.- Belize D’IVE Z/Lorcan Gallagher (IRL) 4/79.14
12.- Hunters Conlypso II/Lorcan Gallagher (IRL) 4/79.78