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Popular Belterra Park Pony Retires on a High Note

Nugget and KimMost individuals on their final day of work get to take things easy. That wasn’t the case for Nugget, the beloved pony of Belterra Park’s outrider Kim Jordan. Before he was celebrated in the winner’s circle to cheers after the feature race, he proved that he still had the skills to get the job one.

As the horses were loading for the one mile 4th race, one of the starters spun and dropped her jockey and sped off for the barn area behind. Instinctively, Nugget and Kim took off after the loose horse in full stride and within 1/8th of a mile snatched him by the reins and safely returned him to the starting gate. Just another day at the office for Nugget, who had been working at the track mornings and afternoons for 15 years.

After the 6th race, well wishers greeted Kim and Nugget in the winner’s circle for an official farewell photo. Belterra Park’s General Manager Kevin Kaufman and Racing Manager Joe DeLuca were among the group, as the track’s farrier and Nuggets new owner Gil Roser treated him to a horseshoe-shaped Carrot Cake.

“The time was right to let him take it easy and retire safe, sound and happy,” said Kim Jordan. “But you saw today – he’s still got it in him! I’ll get to visit him at the farm and take him out for trail rides.”

The handsome Palomino pony was a fan favorite at the track since Kim picked him out of a field when he was only 6-years-old. Now at the age of 21 he took his final bow – but not without one final scintillating performance.

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