Hot Doc gives racer victory

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:25 PM ET

Liz Pinkston gave credit where credit is due.

After posting the fastest time in the ladies barrel racing Friday, Pinkston came out of yesterday's second go with even lower digits to take tops on the day.

But while she could easily talk of her flawless command of her horse, the San Antonio, Tex., cowgirl instead gave

15-year-old Speedy Doc Holliday all the kudos.

"It wasn't me, it was him," said Pinkston, who put up a 17.39 on the final day of the long go.

"He loves the third barrel for some reason. He will really fire out of there.

I don't know if it's the angle going to the third barrel or not but he will really ride around that barrel and come on home."

For her efforts, Pinkston is back in the finals today for the first time in three years.

Her total time of 34.97 places her in third place in the aggregate behind overall leader Linda Vick of Hesperia, Calif., and fellow Texan Molly Powell.

Despite some rain through the night and most of the morning, Pinkston wasn't displeased with the conditions on the track and actually ran a faster circuit than the day before.

"It was actually pretty good," she explained of the Calgary Stampede's recently renovated infield. "It might have gotten a little slippy towards the end but it worked out today for me.

"I was little nervous about the track being wet but I don't think it hurt me."

On her horse Doc, Pinkston said he handled the different conditions as good as he could have.

"I think he handled it pretty well. He slipped a little bit on the first barrel but I just had to keep him going so he didn't stumble or anything like that."

With temperatures expected to rise for the start of today's performances, Pinkston's unfazed about another possible change in the density to the dirt for the finals.

"We're all going to be on the same track," she explained. "We're not doing seven days across the board. The track changes drastically every single day, so your times can change but tomorrow all 10 girls are on the same track, which means it's fair game."

Racing alongside Pinkston yesterday were Shae Hooks of Orange, Tex., (17.81) and Delburne, Alta., native Jodie Lynn Greenwood (17.97), both of whom made it into the top 10 for today's championship finals.

Hooks finished seventh overall, while Greenwood was 10th.


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