Country Chicks Man Voted Lone Star Park Horse of the Meeting

Country Chicks Man, winner of the Grade 1 Refrigerator Handicap and a contender for Saturday night’s $600,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos, was voted Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie’s Horse of the Meeting and Champion Older Male for the recently concluded 2006 Fall Meeting of Champions for American Quarter Horses.

Country Chicks Man, a 5-year-old son of Chucks Beduino owned, bred and trained by Sparky Mullins, won the 440-yard Refrigerator in :21.51 and easily handled This Snow Is Cold, who went on to win the Grade 1 MBNA America Challenge Championships by a nose. This Snow Is Cold shared the title for Champion Older Female with John Deere Distaff Challenge Championship winner Eye Caughtcha Peekin.

Other seasonal champions: Grade 1 Texas Classic Derby winner PYC Paint Your Wagon (3-Year-Old Male); Grade 1 Dash For Cash Derby winner Ima Ramblin Girl (3-Year-Old Female); Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity winner Valiant Hero (2-Year-Old Male); Grade 2 Ford Juvenile Challenge Championship winner Remember Me Rose (2-Year-Old Female) and Grade 3 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship winner Strider Man (Distance Horse). Duplicate Dasher and Goodbye Sign, who each won three races at the 31-date meeting, finished in a tie for Champion Claiming Horse.

Lone Star Park’s champions are decided by a panel of track officials and select media.

“Diamond” Jim Brooks, at age 55, won his second consecutive riding title with 32 winners, five more than runner-up Jeff Williams. John Buchanan and Judd Kearl finished tied atop the trainer standings with 18 wins apiece. A.D. Maddox repeated as leading owner with nine trips to the winner’s circle, three more than Bobby Cox and Sharon L. Kolitska Revocable Living Trust who each finished the season with six victories.

The earnings leaders were jockey G.R. Carter Jr. ($883,898), trainer Jack Brooks ($727,282) and owners H. and M. Brown, Homer “Bud” Hill and Terry Bell, who campaigned Valiant Hero, the horse who earned the most money at the meet thanks to his victory in the $1,053,912 Texas Classic Futurity. Each of the earnings for jockey, trainer, owner and horse were Fall Meeting of Champions records.

Brooks, who has trained 11 Lone Star Park champions since 1997, campaigned Ima Ramblin Girl, PYC Paint Your Wagon and Valiant Hero. Carter rode each of those horses as well as Country Chicks Man.

Lone Star Park’s Seasonal Champions for the 2006 Fall Meeting of Champions

Horse of the Meeting – Country Chicks Man

Champion Older Male – Country Chicks Man

Champion Older Female – This Snow Is Cold/Eye Caughtcha Peekin (tie)

Champion Distance Horse – Strider Man

Champion 3-Year-Old Male – PYC Paint Your Wagon

Champion 3-Year-Old Female – Ima Ramblin Girl

Champion 2-Year-Old Male – Valiant Hero

Champion 2-Year-Old Female – Remember Me Rose

Champion Claiming Horse – Duplicate Dasher/Goodbye Sign (tie)

Champion Jockey (Wins) – “Diamond” Jim Brooks, 32 wins

Champion Jockey (Earnings) – G.R. Carter Jr., $883,898 (Fall Meeting of Champions record)

Champion Trainer (Wins) – John Buchanan & Judd Kearl, 18 wins

Champion Trainer (Earnings) – Jack Brooks, $727,282 (Fall Meeting of Champions record)

Champion Owner (Wins) – A.D. Maddox, 9 wins

Champion Owner (Earnings) – H. and M. Brown, Homer “Bud” Hill and Terry Bell, $482,867 (Fall Meeting of Champions record)


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