|Got Country Zip Stays Unbeaten,
Runs Fastest in Graham Paint Futurity Trials at Lone Star Park
(Friday, October 14, 2005) - Got Country Zip, ridden by
G.R. Carter Jr., remained undefeated and was the fastest qualifier
to the Grade 1, $200,000-estimated Graham Paint Futurity when he
posted a clocking of :17.601 for 350 yards on Friday night at Lone
Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The 2-year-old gelding, owned by Jimmy Maddux and trained by Brandon
Parum, was the fastest of 34 Paint Horses in four trial races. The
10 fastest times advanced to the final, scheduled for Saturday,
Oct. 29 - one of three stakes races scheduled that night.
The finalists are Got Country Zip (:17.601), Heros Strawberry (:17.820),
MCM Aggie Rose (:17.958), Really Special (:17.970), Zoom N La Ree
(:17.971), Osage Ram (:18.009), Hope For Me Too (:18.023), Wink
Jackson (:18.025), Della and the Dealer (:18.056) and Concho Special
Got Country Zip is now perfect in six starts. Last July, the Oklahoma-bred
flash scored by a length in the restricted Grade 1, $100,000 Speedhorse
Futurity at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. Friday, he bested Tulsa State
Fair Stakes champ Heros Strawbaby by a length in the fourth and
final trial. Oklahoma Paint Futurity winner Zoom N La Rae was another
three-quarters of a length behind in third.
Heros Strawbaby was one of four horses qualified by trainer Eddie
Willis. Three of those - Heros Strawbaby, Wink Jackson and Concho
Special - were owned and bred by legendary Paint horseman Herbert
Graham, a two-time winner of the final.
In the second trial of the night, La Bella Rena crossed the finish
line first in :17.636, which would have been the second-fastest
time of the night. However, the filly was disqualified to fifth
by Texas Racing Commission stewards for interference shortly after
the start. By rule, she received a time of :18.629, a tick behind
the fourth-place finisher of that race and not good enough for the
The ruling prevented owners Sammy Hester and Charles Trochta from
an attempt at their third straight Graham Paint Futurity victory.
They won the race with Bold Bucephalus in 2003 and Calista Corona
Because of the disqualification, Really Special was promoted from
second to first. In mid-July, the Real Easy Cash filly crossed the
wire first in the restricted Grade 2, $61,500 California Paint Futurity
at Los Alamitos, but was disqualified to seventh for impeding a