Got Country Grip finishes second in bid for 17th straight win

By Robert Przybylo Modified: April 20, 2008 at 12:55 am •  Published: April 19, 2008
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Horse trainer Dee Keener just wanted one more shot.

He knew he could become a part of history if he had one more opportunity. Saturday night was his shot and his horse, Bust N Moves, proved his trainer correct.

The gray paint horse denied Got Country Grip the North American record of 17 straight wins, edging out the gelding in the $25,000 Mr. Lewie Memorial Handicap at Remington Park.

The signs were there. When the two met up in March at 350 yards, Grip got the best of him. But Got Country Grip had been winning all of his races by two lengths. Against Bust N Moves in March, it was only three-fourths of a length.

“That's just the way my horses are,” Keener said. “We do really well at longer distances. I don't know why that's been the case.”

The Mr. Lewie race was contested at 400 yards, and the extra 50 proved to be the difference.

While Grip stumbled in the March contest, he had no trouble getting out of the gate. Early on, Bust N Moves was as far back as third place before making his charge.

After overtaking Grip with about 100 yards to go, Bust N Moves never wilted and continued to hold the slight edge.

As has been the case with most of Got Country Grip's races, a horse pulled out. Blue Oyster Cult scratched on race day, dwindling an already small field to four.

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