Galway Downs CCI4*-L XC Live Updates: Boyd Martin Has the Dancefloor

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A strong CCI4*-L field of 11 horses will head out to cross country beginning at 11:21 a.m. PT / 2:21 p.m. EST. The top three after dressage are Boyd Martin with Luke 140, Phillip Dutton with Fernhill Singapore and Tamie Smith with Passepartout. Everyone expects a very exciting cross country day — be sure to tune into the USEF Network broadcasted and Ride On Video produced livestream here! Be sure to check out Maggie Deatrick’s cross country “By the Numbers” analysis here.

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2:21 EST: Our first pair, Boyd Martin with Long Island T, is heading out on course to viral K-pop sensation “Gangnam Style“.  They pull a flag at the C element of #8 but it looks pretty clean from the video.

2:26 EST: Next out on course is Tamie Smith and No App For That, chasing Boyd who is right on the clock at this point. Tamie had a cracking cross country round earlier this morning with Elliot-V in the CCI3*-L and lead heading into show jumping tomorrow. Now spinning: Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are.

2:31 EST: Rebecca Brown and Fernhill Fortitude are on course. Provisional score of no jumping and 1.2 time for Boyd. We’ll see how attainable the time will prove in this division — we saw four clear rounds inside the time in the CCI3*-L.

2:34 EST: Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore now on course, clear through #5A and B. They take out a flag at #6 that will warrant review. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” in the house.

2:37 EST: Tamie and No App For That have a right-hand runout at #6B, the “Which Way Brush” that follows a ditch at A, and a flag. They’ll finish with 35 jumping and 19.2 time. Rebecca and Fernhill Fortitude have been accessed 30 penalties which means two flags — we saw one at  #10C, not sure about the other — plus 0.4 time. Phillip and Fernhill Singapore are assessed 15 points for a flag plus 0.4 time which will drop them down the standings a ways. Samantha Jade “What You’ve Done to Me” up.

2:44 EST: Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo running strong. If this was an all-request show I’d call in and request some Beyoncé “Run the World (Girls)” for them. Erin Kellerhouse and Woodford Reserve look great out there, a really exciting partnership. Drippin’ in finesse, as co-commentators Bruno Mars and Cardi B put it. Provisional score of no jump penalties and 1.6 time.

2:49 EST: Some question about whether Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver are inside the flag at the corner out of the water at #10 (update: they come home the flag and 8.4 time). Jonas Brothers “Sucker” up next on the Ride On Video Top 40 playlist. Hawley is home with 6.8 time.

2:55 EST: Emilee Libby and Jakobi have a runout at #16B coming out of the Galway Yacht Club at the brush corner, clear on second attempt, and 4.8 time. We’re up in the club with a double-header of Maroon Five now.

2:58 EST: Boyd Martin on course now with dressage leader Luke 140 and you know they’re going to be stepping on the gas.

3:01 EST: Tamie Smith back out on her second ride, Passepartout, looking speedy on their way to the only clear round inside the time we’ll see in this division. Our dressage leader Boyd and Lukewell 140 stop the clock to the tune of 0.4 time penalty which will keep them at the top of the leaderboard.

3:04 EST: Our final pair, Rebecca Brown and Dassett Choice, head out on course, and it’s going to be The Black Eyed Peas’ 2009 party anthem “I Gotta Feeling” to close out our CCI4*-L playlist. Another white flag down on that pesky C element but scoreboard says it’s all good.

3:11 EST: Rebecca through the Wine Bar Water and I spoke too soon, we’re getting an encore of one of the finest pop songs of all time, Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” and I am HERE for it. Bring it home, Rebecca and Katy! And they do, with a clear round and 2.8 time.

Final scores:

4:19 EST: Editor’s note — There’s been quite a bit of scoreboard penalty adjusting since the first edition of provisional scores was published and we’re making updates as they surface. Which is to say, if you refresh the page and things look a bit different from before, it’s not you, it’s the scoring. There were lots of flags down that are likely being reviewed, so keep in mind that we may see more changes still to come and will let you know when results are final. You can view the latest provisional scores here.

9:58 EST: 99% sure the scores are finally final, phew! Goodnight, stay tuned for a full report soon from Kim Miller, and best of luck to all tomorrow!