SHELBYVILLE, TN – On a hot humid night, a Friday night crowd of about 8,000 – 9,000 showed up. Compared to 2012, according to long time observers, the 2013 Celebration is about 60% of the attendance of last year.
One fellow has been at the Celebration every year since 1964, and he didn’t miss this year, either. Larry Joe Wheelon – Maryville, Tennessee
Friday night featured the retirement ceremony of “Out On Parole”, now 16 years old. Steve Dunn was in the irons for Randall and Sadie Baskin. Out of Parole is by Pusher’s Doing Time out of a Gold Coin mare raised by Dr. Judy Moore.
One of the harness rigs broke down in the Fine Harness and delayed things. Lee McGartland made a good ride on “A Bruce Pearl” to win the WGC OA Walking Horses. Leigh Stuart and Allie Napier were first and second in the Trainers Auxiliary class. Tyler Baucom won the “Never Won A WGC” before class.
Robert Cortner (needs to straighten up) won WGC on Pushin’ That Jazz. Michael Wright won the 15.2 WGC on “A Strong Need For Cash” and Jimmy McConnell was reserve on ‘Beebee King’. Popcorn Sutton ridden by David Sisk won the 2 YO OA class.
The best class of the night was Four Year Old Stallion class. “I’m Coach Cal” with John Allan Callaway (straighten up JA) won and Blue’s Master with Jimmy McConnell was reserve.
‘I Am Jose’won the Four Year Old Preliminary will show back in the Big Stake along with 8 other entries on Saturday night.
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