03/28/2008 12:00AM

Paint wins 16th straight race


Got Country Grip, racing's all-time top money-earning paint horse, remained undefeated in 16 starts on Thursday night, winning an allowance for paints and Appaloosas at Remington Park.

Got Country Grip overcame a bobble at the start on Thursday to win the 350-yard race by three-quarters of a length. He led throughout and paid $2.60 as the 1-5 favorite under regular rider G.R. Carter Jr.

"He is a phenomenal animal," said Carter.

Brandon Parum trains Got Country Grip for Jimmy Maddux, who acquired the horse in a trade. Got Country Grip could make his next start on April 19, in the $25,000 Mr. Lewie Memorial Handicap at Remington. He has now earned $257,578.

Thoroughbred racing's modern mark for consecutive wins in North America is 16, shared by Cigar, Citation, Hallowed Dreams, and Mister Frisky. Peppers Pride, a Thoroughbred racing at Sunland Park, is undefeated in 15 career starts.