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Graham Paint & Appaloosa Futurity G1 offers
record-setting purse, I Kick earns victory

FORT WORTH, TEXAS—Paint Horse I Kick recently earned her biggest career win during the Graham Paint & Appaloosa Futurity G1 at Remington Park on May 30. The 350-yard race paid out $273,987—the largest purse in the history of Paint racing.

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Graham Paint & Appaloosa Futurity G1 offers record-setting purse, I Kick earns victory.
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The 2-year-old Solid Paint-Bred filly I Kick continued her dominating season, earning her fourth victory in six starts while catapulting her lifetime earnings to $133,109 after earning $104,120 for the win. Sired by Judys Lineage and out of Bugs Prospect AQHA, the filly ran a commanding race, driving to the finish to post a time of 17.99 seconds. I Kick’s victory came after finishing first in her trial race and qualifying for three Paint Horse futurities this season at Remington Park. The filly held off late rallies by O J Okey and Sheza Royal Secret to finish a neck in the lead. I Kick is owned by Danny Caldwell of Poteau, Okla., was trained by Matt Whitekiller and ridden by Cody Smith.

Finishing the lucrative race in second place to earn $46,577 was the 2-year-old Solid Paint-Bred filly O J Okey. Sired by Real Easy Okey AQHA and out of Alright Evelyn, O J Okey battled for the win, covering the track in 18.03 seconds. O J Okey finished a neck ahead of the rest of the field in her fourth career race to increase her lifetime earnings to $50,048. O J Okey is owned by Javier Lujan of Pharr, Texas, was trained by Juan Padilla and ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo.

Two-year-old Solid Paint-Bred filly Sheza Royal Secret ran an even race to finish third, a head in front of the other runners. The filly, sired by Royal Quick Flash and out of So Cal Secret AQHA, posted a time of 18.06 seconds on her way to earning $30,138 to increase her career earnings to $51,844. Sheza Royal Secret is owned and trained by Todd Lacey of Wagoner, Okla., was ridden by Stormy Smith.

Other horses completing the field, along with times, included I Do One Two Three (18.09 seconds), Esperanzas Quickdash (18.205 seconds), Katies Perks (ApHC) (18.207 seconds), SM Country Bandit (18.223 seconds), Allysa (18.226 seconds), SM Jaxons Quick Dash (18.266 seconds) and San Mateo Chick (18.268)

More about Paint Horse racing
Horse racing has long been one of America’s favorite spectator sports. With the recent growth of the Paint Horse breed, it’s no wonder that Paints have become one of the hottest tickets in the horse racing industry.

Since 1966, when APHA officially recognized the sport, Paint racing has made major strides forward. In that inaugural year, 17 starters ran for $1,290 in just two states—Texas and Oklahoma. In 2008, more than 570 starters competed in more than 660 APHA-recognized races for record purses totaling more than $5 million.

A total of 17 states now feature Paint racing, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Paint Horses also race in Canada.

"Paint Racing continues to be an opportunity for breeders, owners and trainers to take a serious look at," said APHA Executive Director Lex Smurthwaite. "The amount of purse money available and the average earning per Paint starter is creating new interest in the Paint racing industry."

For more information on Paint Horse racing, contact APHA’s racing department at (817) 222-6444, email, or visit