|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.