ELKO – Misfit Stables’ horse Gottcha My Dear crossed the finish line to win the Blackjack Challenge Monday afternoon.
The last race of the fair concluded the Elko County Fair and Livestock Show and brought in hundreds of spectators and supporters of the seven stables to the Elko County Fairgrounds.
Prior to the race, the audience heard the Elko High School Choraliers sing “Home Means Nevada,” led by director Karen Rogers.
Let It Ride Stables, Lucky Day Stables, Unable Stables, Undecided Stables, Unstable Stables and Unwanted Stables made up the rest of the field of seven horses vying for first place and bragging rights. The colors of the jockey are also painted on the horse on top of the arch entering the fairgrounds.
Misfit’s owner for seven years, Shaun DeBray, walked onto the racetrack with the other owners after the race for a photo with the horse and jockey and said he was excited about the win.
“I picked it,” DeBray said, adding the horse was given 9-2 odds.
Owner Bill Wines has been involved with the Blackjack races for 16 years and said he was “very happy” about the win, calling the race “a tough one to win.”
Jockey Robert Burney said this was his first Blackjack Challenge win and his second year riding for Misfit Stables, “making up” for coming in last place last year.
Burney praised the 7-year-old Gottcha My Dear, noting that “the farther he goes, the stronger he gets.”
Eugene Burns, trainer for Misfit Stables, said he found Gottcha My Dear eight months ago in Phoenix with the Blackjack Challenge in mind and knew he was the right horse for the stable.
“He’s an orphan and a twin – a perfect misfit horse,” Burns said.
Next year, the stable will find a new horse to run in the Challenge, Burns said. “[We’re] always looking for the next best thing.”
The win was a satisfying one for Burney after he raced 15 horses and won three during the fair.
“Winning always makes you feel better,” Burney said. “It’s a good way to end it.”
SODA SPRINGS (AP) — The rumbles were constant, spread out by only minutes.
KIFI-TV reports that 49 earthquakes rattled southeastern Idaho and Northern Utah on Saturday night into Sunday.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the largest was a magnitude 5.3 about 10 miles east of Soda Springs. It hit at about 6 p.m. Saturday local time.
It was followed by smaller aftershocks ranging between magnitude 2.5 and 4.5. There were no reports of injuries or damage.
Officials say 17,000 people reported feeling the quakes. Some came from as far away as Idaho Falls and Salt Lake City, Utah, about 133 miles from the epicenter.
The USGS’s last reported aftershock occurred about 2:50 a.m. Sunday, but more could be on the way.