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Valiant Wins Championship Title; Miss Stylin Sue Named Runner-Up

Oklahoma Open Championship

By Mike Griffin | Dec 07, 2018
Valiant Winner of the Oklahoma Open Championship

Inola, Okla. — The Oklahoma Championship started Wednesday afternoon, October 31, at 1:00 p. m. We went right back to finding birds with good races which had occurred in the preceding Inola Open stakes (see December 8 issue).

But Thursday morning greeted us with cold rain. We lost half a day, continuing on Thursday afternoon. Still finding birds, things were looking good as we finished Friday afternoon when the champion and runner-up were named.

The winner emerged in Valiant, five-year-old  white and liver pointer male for owner Jay McKenzie of Eureka, Kan., with three good finds at 9, 16, 43 and a good all-age race, to the front, easy handling, pleasing to the eye kind of race. He was handled by Randy Anderson.

Runner-up was Miss Stylin Sue for Arkansas owners Dr. Jim Mills and Steve Lightle with two mannerly finds at  20 and 35, and a forward race with plenty of animation and speed. She looked very good going and standing. Allen Vincent was her handler.

Again we want to thank  Kay and Win Ingersoll who provide the venue (the McFarlin-Ingersoll Ranch) for these all-age stakes, as they have for several decades.

We thank Purina for all they do and the help they provide.

Thank you also to Ric Peterson for Wednesday evening’s barbecue dinner for last year’s winner, Touch’s Adams County.

Thanks to the judges, Col. Dan Wisely of Powderly, Tex., and Brooks Carmichael of Virginia, Neb., who did a great job, and everyone else who pitched in help ensure a successful trial.

THE RUNNING

Touch’s Blackout (Anderson) carded a find at 7, taken on at 16, backed at 34, had a divided find at 48 with a good race. Westfall’s Black Ace (Daugherty) started with a find 15, good work find at 34 with other dog backing, and a divided find at 48 all in good order, finishing to the front.

Worsham’s Silver Comet (Worsham) and Abberdeen’s Paid in Full (Anderson) had a divided find at 18. Both went with the birds at flush to end their bid.

Phillips Field Line (Anderson) shortened with an unproductive at 42, picked up. S F Mapleleaf ran all over, no birds at 40 and was picked up.

Touch’s Adams County (Anderson) carded a find at 8 but shortened and was picked up 45. Westfall’s Black Thunder (Daugherty) backed at 8, scored a find at 12 but had no more bird work in the hour.

Hailey’s Wild Again (Anderson) and Westfall’s Castaway (Daugherty) had an uneventful hour.

Miss Stylin Sue (Vincent) started strong with a good race, a find at 20 with good manners. Sue carded a find at 35 with good manners and went on to have a strong forward race with a good finish. Salem’s Annie Oakley (Daugherty) had a strong hour but no birds.

Lowrider Frank (Vincent) got a good start but had no bird work by 43 and was picked up. Valiant (Anderson) started right to work with a find at 9 in good order. Taken on to the front he had another find at 16 with good style and manners. He displayed easy stylish unning with a find at 43, all in order, and a strong finish to the front for this dog.

Touch’s Spaceman (Anderson) started with find at 8 in good order but slowed a bit. No more bird work for him. Westfall’s River Ice (Daugherty) did not have the same race as in the first trial. No bird work for him.

Tip (Cochran) looked good going, ran big, got out of pocket with the retrieval unit called for; the dog was found 43. Westfall’s True Grit (Daugherty) had a find at 28 but no more bird work for the hour.

Double Rebel Cowboy (Vincent) had a breach of manners and was picked up early. Lester’s Jazz Man (Anderson) was scratched due to illness.

Hush Money (Anderson) carded a find at 20 all in good order. He wasn’t getting it done and was picked up at  45. Oakspring Big Time Warrior (Vincent) ran okay but had no bird work in his bid.

Executive Action (Anderson) and Barshoe Five’N Dimer (Vincent) ran okay but with no birds by the half the handlers decided to throw in the towel.

Inola, Okla., October 31

Judges: Brooks Carmichael and Dan Wisely

OKLAHOMA OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] — 24 Pointers

Winner—VALIANT, 1649524, pointer male, by Miller’s Happy Jack—Tina’s Tear Drop. Jay McKenzie, owner; Randy Anderson, handler.

Runner-Up—MISS STYLIN SUE, 1674906, pointer female, by Ransom—Coldwater Snow. Dr. Jim Mills & Steve Lightle, owners; Allen Vincent, handler.

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