|Country Chicks Man Voted Lone Star Park
Horse of the Meeting
Country Chicks Man, winner of the Grade
1 Refrigerator Handicap and a contender for Saturday night’s $600,000
Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos, was voted Lone Star Park at Grand
Prairie’s Horse of the Meeting and Champion Older Male for the recently
concluded 2006 Fall Meeting of Champions for American Quarter Horses.
Country Chicks Man, a 5-year-old son of Chucks Beduino owned, bred and
trained by Sparky Mullins, won the 440-yard Refrigerator in :21.51 and
easily handled This Snow Is Cold, who went on to win the Grade 1 MBNA
America Challenge Championships by a nose. This Snow Is Cold shared the
title for Champion Older Female with John Deere Distaff Challenge Championship
winner Eye Caughtcha Peekin.
Other seasonal champions: Grade 1 Texas Classic Derby winner PYC Paint
Your Wagon (3-Year-Old Male); Grade 1 Dash For Cash Derby winner Ima Ramblin
Girl (3-Year-Old Female); Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity winner Valiant
Hero (2-Year-Old Male); Grade 2 Ford Juvenile Challenge Championship winner
Remember Me Rose (2-Year-Old Female) and Grade 3 Red Cell Distance Challenge
Championship winner Strider Man (Distance Horse). Duplicate Dasher and
Goodbye Sign, who each won three races at the 31-date meeting, finished
in a tie for Champion Claiming Horse.
Lone Star Park’s champions are decided by a panel of track officials
and select media.
“Diamond” Jim Brooks, at age 55, won his second consecutive
riding title with 32 winners, five more than runner-up Jeff Williams.
John Buchanan and Judd Kearl finished tied atop the trainer standings
with 18 wins apiece. A.D. Maddox repeated as leading owner with nine trips
to the winner’s circle, three more than Bobby Cox and Sharon L.
Kolitska Revocable Living Trust who each finished the season with six
The earnings leaders were jockey G.R. Carter Jr. ($883,898), trainer
Jack Brooks ($727,282) and owners H. and M. Brown, Homer “Bud”
Hill and Terry Bell, who campaigned Valiant Hero, the horse who earned
the most money at the meet thanks to his victory in the $1,053,912 Texas
Classic Futurity. Each of the earnings for jockey, trainer, owner and
horse were Fall Meeting of Champions records.
Brooks, who has trained 11 Lone Star Park champions since 1997, campaigned
Ima Ramblin Girl, PYC Paint Your Wagon and Valiant Hero. Carter rode each
of those horses as well as Country Chicks Man.
Lone Star Park’s Seasonal Champions for the 2006 Fall Meeting
Horse of the Meeting – Country Chicks Man
Champion Older Male – Country Chicks Man
Champion Older Female – This Snow Is Cold/Eye Caughtcha
Champion Distance Horse – Strider Man
Champion 3-Year-Old Male – PYC Paint Your Wagon
Champion 3-Year-Old Female – Ima Ramblin Girl
Champion 2-Year-Old Male – Valiant Hero
Champion 2-Year-Old Female – Remember Me Rose
Champion Claiming Horse – Duplicate Dasher/Goodbye Sign
Champion Jockey (Wins) – “Diamond” Jim Brooks,
Champion Jockey (Earnings) – G.R. Carter Jr., $883,898
(Fall Meeting of Champions record)
Champion Trainer (Wins) – John Buchanan & Judd Kearl,
Champion Trainer (Earnings) – Jack Brooks, $727,282 (Fall
Meeting of Champions record)
Champion Owner (Wins) – A.D. Maddox, 9 wins
Champion Owner (Earnings) – H. and M. Brown, Homer “Bud”
Hill and Terry Bell, $482,867 (Fall Meeting of Champions record)