|Got Country Grip, Pf Chief Runnin Bear Winners in Paint & Appaloosa Doubleheader at Lone Star Park
(Saturday, November 22, 2008) - Got Country Grip, owned
by Jimmy Maddux and trained by Brandon Parum, won the 11th running
of the Grade 1, $20,000 Olympia Joe Paint & Appaloosa Handicap,
for three-year-olds and upward, over a fast track at Lone Star Park
on Saturday night.
With Kenny Muntz in the saddle, Got Country Grip was sharp out
of the gate before drifting out wide through most of the stretch,
but he was strong enough to hit the finish first in an extremely
competitive renewal of the Olympia Joe. The bay son of Country Quick
Dash finished a head in front of archrival Sm Country Snowman, who
beat Got Country Grip in back-to-back starts prior to the Olympia
Joe. The five-year-old gelding stopped the teletimer in 19.996 for
a winning speed index of 91. It was a neck back to Bust N Moves
With the win, Got Country Grip improved his record to 17 wins
from 20 starts and with the $12,200 winner’s share boosted
his career earnings to $287,028, including a perfect four-for-four
and $98,819 at Lone Star Park.
Got Country Grip paid $3.40, $3.20, $2.10, runner-up Sm Country
Snowman returned $2.60, $2.10, and Bust N Moves paid $2.20 for show.
G I Jana, Mini Melt, Texas Royal Snow, and Jubious Illusion completed
the order of finish.
Pf Chief Running Bear Breaks Maiden to Win Lone Star
Park Paint & Appaloosa Futurity
Pf Chief Runnin Bear, owned by S. Koltiska and L. & B. Bettinger,
broke his maiden in his fourth career start to win the third running
of the 350-yard, $70,800 Lone Star Park Paint & Appaloosa Futurity,
for eligible two-year-old Paints and Appaloosas, over a fast track
on Saturday at Lone Star Park
In breaking his maiden, Pf Chief Runnin Bear broke well, took
the lead early and held off all challengers to finish a length-and-a-quarter
in front of his nearest rival Paleface Dale. It was another half-a-length
back to Cuzimfromthecountry. The winner covered the 350-yard distance
in 17.865 seconds to earn a speed index of 90.
The two-year-old gelding’s win was the third of the night
for jockey Rodrigo Vallejo and the second for his trainer Judd Kearl.
With his first win in four tries and the winner’s share
of $28,320, Pf Chief Runnin Bear increased his lifetime earnings
A 13-1 longshot, Pf Chief Runnin Bear paid $29.20, $12.00, $7.80,
Paleface Dale returned $5.40, $3,60 and Cuzimfromthecountry paid
$4.00 to show. Awesome Judy, Make No Shadows, Lonestar Legend, This
Judys a Corona, First Down Hero, and Appsolutely Wicked completed
the order of finish. Flash N B Gone was scratched.
Lone Star Park’s 31-day, 2008 Quarter Horse Fall Meeting
of Champions will be held from September 26 to November 29. After
the opening weekend on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27, racing
will be held every Thursday through Saturday in October and each
Wednesday through Saturday in November, except Wednesday and Thursday,
Nov. 26-27 when there will be no live racing due to the Thanksgiving
holiday. First post time for all dates will be 6:35 p.m. For more
information, visit the track’s Web site at www.lonestarpark.com.