11/29/2003 1:00AM

Lone Star: 'Special' wins eighth straight

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Oak Tree Special won his eighth straight race Friday night when he edged Southern Cartel by a nose in the Grade 1, $362,925 Texas Classic Derby for Quarter Horses. J.R. Ramirez rode Oak Tree Special ($3.60) for trainer Bobby Martinez.

Special Task Force ($65.40) earned a berth to the $500,000 Champion of Champions on the undercard when he upset the field in the Grade 1, $100,000 Refrigerator Handicap for Quarter Horses.