World's Fastest Paint Horse Got Country Grip Goes for Record 15th in a Row Saturday Night at Lone Star Park

(Friday, November 23, 2007) - Got Country Grip, the world's fastest Paint Horse, will put his unbeaten 14-for-14 record on the line Saturday night in the $20,000 Olympia Joe Paint & Appaloosa Handicap at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Owned by Jimmy Maddux of Weatherford, Texas, Got Country Grip will carry 130 pounds in the 400-yard sprint, which attracted six rivals. Regular rider G.R. Carter Jr., the six-time American Quarter Horse Association champion jockey, has the call for trainer Brandon Parum of Jones, Okla.

The 11th running of the Olympia Joe will go as Race 2 at approximately 7:02 p.m. CT on a 12-race program that begins at 6:35 p.m. CT.

Got Country Grip, acquired as a weanling by Maddux in a trade that included one his stakes-winning mares, hasn't raced since his dominating three-length victory in the $25,000 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Stakes at Remington Park on May 27.

The American Paint Horse Association's two-time defending Solid Paint-Bred Registry World Champion and all-time earnings leader with $235,300 is the only Paint Horse to have won the first 14 starts of his career.

According to the AQHA, only three Quarter Horses - Josie's Bar, Destiny Drummer and Pies Royal Request - won their first 14 races and all lost in their 15th start.

In addition to his remarkable unbeaten record, Got Country Grip - an eight-time stakes winner - holds the Paint Horse world record for 350 (:17.23 on June 9, 2006 at Fair Meadows) and 400 (:19.55 on April 30, 2006 at Remington Park) yards.

Lone Star Park's 12-race program also will feature the $54,900 Lone Star Park Paint & Appaloosa Futurity (Paint & Appaloosa 2-year-olds at 350 yards who qualified in Nov. 10 trials) and the $20,000 Lone Star Park Distance Championship (3-year-olds & up at 870 yards).

Grandstand gates will open Saturday at 5:30 p.m., but the Post Time Pavilion will open its doors for simulcast wagering at 9:30 a.m. Simulcast highlights include a pair of Pick 6 carryovers - $143,896 at Hollywood Park (Races 5-10 starting at 4:35 p.m. CT) and $118,970 at Aqueduct (Races 4-9 at 12:50 p.m. CT) - plus nine graded stakes events topped by Aqueduct's Grade I, $500,000 Cigar Mile, which lured TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint champion Midnight Lute.

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