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September 12, 2013

Chickasaw-owned Wicked Courage wins 2 of 3 in triple crown

Ardmore —

A $4,000 Chickasaw-owned horse that crossed finish lines to earn more than $1 million this year fell just short of winning the coveted Triple Crown of quarter horse racing on Sunday.

Wicked Courage was the first horse since 2005 to vie for the Triple Crown. Only a trio of quarter horses has won the Triple Crown since formal racing of the breed began in the 1940s.

Owner Andrew Smith, a Chickasaw citizen and Ardmore resident, was confident Wicked Courage would win the Ruidoso Downs All American Derby on Labor Day. Had the horse won, it would have claimed top prizes in three races considered the coup d’état of quarter horse racing.

The Cinderella story came to an end after Wicked Courage was slow out of the gate and became boxed in on the rail behind three other horses. 

As the race announcer said: “Wicked Courage has nowhere to go.” 

The horse could not stay on the rail and pull ahead and could not go wide. He was surrounded by competitors and finished the race seventh.

“I’m disappointed, but the sun came up today so everything will be okay,” Mr. Smith said Sept. 3. 

Ninety days of rest are in store for the 3-year-old gelding, who was a heavy favorite to win last Sunday.

“We may not run him until March at Remington Park,” Mr. Smith said. “I want him to rest up, eat some grass and just relax some. He’s a great horse and still the fastest horse in America as far as I’m concerned.”

Wicked Courage moved into the top slot in the nation Aug. 6. He then proved he was one of the finest quarter horses in America by finishing second Aug. 17 by qualifying for the final leg of the Triple Crown.  Wicked Courage finished second with a time of 21.16 seconds in the 440-yard race. 

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