The stage was set for history. Oklahoma paint horse Got Country Grip was attempting to set the North American record with 17 straight wins.
The event gave Remington Park one of the largest crowds ever for a non-Triple Crown simulcast day.
But paint horse Bust N Moves forgot to follow the script. After losing to Grip the first time the two met in March, Moves edged Grip by a neck April 19, denying history.
For the last two years, Grip trainer Brandon Parum was having trouble finding horses to race against his 5-year-old. Once the competition found out Grip had entered, the trainers would bail and the race would fall through. Now that Grip has tasted defeat, another paint horse is more than willing to enter the fray: Sm Country Snowman.
Snowman trainer Sparky Mullins had his reason for waiting: both Snowman and Grip have the same sire.
"I didn't want to be the one to end the streak,” Mullins said. "If everything goes the way it should, we should win with Grip second and Moves third.”
All bets are off for Saturday's $25,000 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Stakes. Grip, Moves and Snowman are three of the five horses entered in what is arguably the most star-studded paint race in years.
Moves trainer Dee Keener said he knew his horse felt like he did something when defeating Grip.