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Barney Ofield wins the Green Country Handicap

FORT WORTH, Texas— Barney Ofield won the Green Country Handicap on October 9, 2011, at Will Rogers Downs Race Track in Claremore, Okla.

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Barney Ofield wins the Green Country Handicap.
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Barney Ofield

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Barney Ofield, a sorrel Solid Paint-bred gelding, sired by Judys Lineage and out of Shero, covered the 350-yard distance in 17.45 seconds for $8,838 of the $15,000 purse. Barney Ofield is owned by Julie Haywood and Joni Willis of Sallisaw, Okla., and was trained by Eddie Willis and was ridden by Jimmy Brooks.

Wendys A Lil Country, a gray Solid Paint-bred mare, sired by Country Chicks Man AQHA and out of Wendy Dash finished second with a time of 17.46 seconds. Wendys A Lil Country is owned by Don Hall GST Trust of Mustang, Okla., was trained by M. Taylor and was ridden by Berkley Packer.

Special Sign, a sorrel Solid Paint-bred gelding finished third with a time of 17.47 seconds. Special Sign is owned by The Painted Pitchfork of Rifle, Colo. and was trained by Dee Keener and ridden by Jesus Salazar.

Other horses completing the race, along with times, include Flashy Dos ( 17.52 seconds); CMB Dixie Fixx ApHC (17.69 seconds); Quick Dashin Cowgirl (18.11 sec onds); Dos Jakes (18.26 seconds); Garys Rainbow ApHC (18.29 seconds).

More about Paint Horse racing
Horse racing has long been one of America’s favorite spectator sports. With the recent growth of the Paint Horse breed, it’s no wonder that Paints have become one of the hottest tickets in the horse racing industry.

Since 1966, when APHA officially recognized the sport, Paint racing has made major strides forward. In that inaugural year, 17 starters ran for $1,290 in just two states—Texas and Oklahoma. In 2010, more than 500 starters competed in 429 APHA-recognized races for record purses totaling more than $4.1 million.

A total of 17 states now feature Paint racing, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Paint Horses also race in Canada.

For more information on Paint Horse racing, contact APHA’s racing department at (817) 222-6444, email, or visit