Oklahoma scene: Paint racehorse Barney Ofield sets world record for 440 yards at Remington Park

Owned by the partnership of Sallisaw's Julie Haywood and Joni Willis, Barney Ofield finishes in 21.321 seconds.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 20, 2012
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Barney Ofield set a world record for a Paint racehorse at 440 yards late Saturday night at Remington Park. Barney Ofield led from start to finish and won the Grade 1 $35,000 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Stakes in 21.321 seconds. The time beat the previous record by .155 set in 2009 by Got Country Grip. That record was established at Remington Park as well.

Barney Ofield's time will be confirmed by the American Paint Horse Association in Fort Worth before it becomes official.

Jockey Kenny Muntz said he knew about halfway through the race that Barney Ofield would win. “He's a good horse, and I'm just glad he was the one who could break the world record.”

Barney Ofield paid $9.20 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show. The 6-year-old Paint is owned by the Sallisaw partnership of Julie Haywood and Joni Willis.

WADDELL WINS SPRINT RACE

Oklahoma City resident Shayla Waddell led a 20-lap feature from start to finish late Saturday night and won the Oil Capital Racing Series sprint car race at Salina Highbanks Speedway near Pryor. Waddell, a 19-year-old student at Oklahoma City University, survived several caution flags during the race while veterans such as Matt Sherrell, defending OCRS champion Sean McClelland and Fred Mattox jockeyed for a shot at the leader.

Waddell won her first sprint car A feature since 2009, when, as a student at Westmoore High School, she triumphed at now-defunct State Fair Speedway.

Sherrell, McClelland, Mattox and Jamie Passmore rounded out the top-five feature finishers.

The next OCRS race is scheduled Friday at Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee.


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