Luke 140 is out. Tsetserleg is in.
So says US Equestrian. The federation announced a horse substitution for the U.S. Eventing Olympic Team ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Luke 140 was the selected mount for Boyd Martin but sustained a minor injury during training preparation and has been withdrawn from consideration for the team.
Posted Martin on Facebook:
“Unfortunately Luke 140 looks like he has tweaked his leg on his last gallop. My gut feeling is that if I push on with him towards the Tokyo Olympics that it could turn into a bad injury. Luke is a young horse and has a huge future ahead of him and I believe its [sic] better to save him for another day. This is a heartbreaking decision as Luke has been in fantastic form in his training in the build up towards Tokyo. I am very grateful that I have a tremendous replacement horse in Thomas (Tsetserleg) whom is also in sizzling condition. I would like to thank and tell the group of owners behind Luke how sorry I am. “
The Holsteiner gelding will be replaced by Martin’s first direct reserve, 14-year-old Trakehner gelding Tsetserleg.
Luke 140 is expected to make a full recovery.