April 21, 2008

Got Country Grip winning his 16th consecutive race, at Remington Park in Oklahoma City in March. His winning streak ended at his next start.
© Dustin Orona Photography/Courtesy Remington Park

Got Country Grip's attempt to establish a new North American record for consecutive wins brought a large crowd to Remington Park on Saturday night, most hoping to witness history. The majority in attendance were disappointed when the Oklahoma-bred Paint star was beaten for the first time in his brilliant 17-race career.

The $28,250 Mr Lewie Memorial Handicap set the stage for Got Country Grip and his 17th straight victory which would have made him the lone North American racehorse to win that many races in a row. However, after the 400-yard race, a tough and gritty effort by Bust N Moves did in Got Country Grip. The upset was one of the greatest in Remington Park's 20-year history.

Owned by the Cowboys and Indians partnership of Inola, Oklahoma and trained by Dee Keener, Bust N Moves came from behind to catch the early-leading Got Country Grip and then defeat him by a head. Under Adalberto Candanosa, Bust N Moves crossed the finish in :19.995 over the fast track.

The victory was bitter-sweet for Keener who holds the utmost respect for Got Country Grip.

"We came in here the underdog but I knew this horse could run at this distance," Keener noted. "Got Country Grip is one heck of a horse, you can't take anything from him. He is a super horse, an awesome horse. I just hate that we were the ones to beat him. I wish he would have broken the record but that's horseracing."

Got Country Grip's trainer Brandon Parum had no tremendous reason to explain why his star was beaten for the first time in his career.

"I don't have any excuses, I mean he ran his race. He left the gates good and made the lead. Bust N Moves came up there and hooked him. He tried with all he had, he just didn't get there. There was just one better than him today."

G.R. Carter, jockey for Got Country Grip echoed Parum's thoughts.

"He got away good and just never put Bust N Moves away. He seemed to get a little tired at the end. He sure flattened out which is unlike him. I give Bust N Moves credit, he flat beat us. It's tough to take but that's horseracing. All good things must come to an end."

Away at 3-1 odds, Bust N Moves paid $8.80 to win and $2.10 to place. Got Country Grip paid $2.10 to place. There was no show wagering as the Mr. Lewie had a four-horse field.

A 4-year-old Oklahoma-bred Paint gelding by Judys Lineage from the Moving Effort mare Meaningfully, Bust N Moves earned $17,500 in placing the first blemish on the record of Got Country Grip. His 10th career win from 18 starts and his third victory at Remington Park helped push his overall bankroll to $160,913.