Big Buck's wins 17th straight jumps race

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AINTREE, England (AP) -- Big Buck's became the first horse to win 17 straight British jump races when he eased to a fourth consecutive victory in the Liverpool Hurdle on the opening day of the Aintree Festival on Thursday.

The French-bred horse, ridden by Ruby Walsh, won the 3-mile race by seven lengths. Britain's leading horse racing guide, The Racing Post, said Big Buck's broke the 59-year record he held with Sir Ken, who ran in the 1950s.

Big Buck's hasn't lost since switching from racing over the bigger fences to the hurdles at the start of 2009.