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Flying Fast

Paint-runner Fly CB Fly took his turn at history March 2 at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, establishing a new 250-yard mark for Paint & Appaloosa racing at the track.

Owned and bred by Neal Cox of Cache, Oklahoma, Fly CB Fly competed as a 2-year-old last year, qualifying for three lucrative futurity finals but never winning any of the big-money events. Now a 3-year-old, the 2011 sorrel solid Paint-bred gelding was eligible for Friday’s fourth race, a non-winner of three career races for Paints & Appaloosas worth $11,800 going 250 yards.

Trained by Rodney Reed and ridden by Berkley Packer, Fly CB Fly flew to an easy lead, scoring by a half-length in :13.169 seconds over a fast track. He shaved .30-seconds off the former 250-yard mark set by Paint-runner Chicks Lacerta in 2010 when he handled the measure in :13.199 seconds.

Away at 4-1 odds in the wagering, Fly CB Fly paid $10 to win, $5.40 to place and $5 to show. The win came in his first attempt of 2014 and was his third from 10 lifetime starts, all three have been at Remington Park. An Oklahoma-bred by Fly Jess Fly (QH) from the Holland Ease (QH) mare Western Memories, Fly CB Fly picked up $6,560 for the win to push his overall earnings over $41,000.