The four-year-old pointer ran last Friday in the ninth brace, pointing six coveys of quail with two backs in a three-hour run that many spectators in the gallery described as spectacular. Hurdle served as a trainer and handler for the dog, which is owned by Bullard, Texas, resident David O'Connor. "The dog did what he always does -- he ran to the front and stayed in the front," Hurdle said. "He's a special dog. If he gets out of sight and doesn't show up soon, you know he's pointed somewhere. He's one of the classiest dogs I've ever worked with." The six finds tallied by Connor's EZ Button tied for the most in this year's competition."