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Streakin Seven wins R-G1 Pot O’ Gold Futurity

 FORT WORTH, Texas— Streakin Seven was determined to win the Restricted-Grade 1 Pot O’ Gold Futurity held October 3, 2010, at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Oklahoma. The two-year-old bay tobiano gelding came out of the gates first and led the entire race to win by a neck ahead of top-qualifier Valdarama. Streakin Seven finished with a time of 19.97 seconds, earning $30,470 for the win.

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Streakin Seven wins the 2010 Pot O’ Gold Futurity. Photo by Sandra Beck/Coady Photography.
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 Streakin Seven is a flashy bay tobiano gelding owned by Ronald Davis of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and was bred by Kay Churchwell of Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He was sired by Churchwell’s Paint stallion Texas Six and out of Royal Quick Deal, sired by Crown Royal Cash AQHA. He has a lifetime earnings now of $31,360. He was trained by Stacey Capps and ridden by Mike Holmes. This was Streakin Seven’s third start and first stakes win, one that was destined to happen. Many believe that the number seven is a lucky number, including owner Ronald Davis who pointed out that his horse not only has the number seven in his name, but came out of the 7-hole in this race and that it was seven years ago that the dam of this horse defeated the great Paint racehorse Special Hero in a race at Blue Ribbon Downs.

“After everything we went through with this horse, when the gate opened and he got away well, you could tell he was going to win,” said owner Ronald Davis. “We were all tickled pink that he (Streakin Seven) came back to win the race.”

When Davis talks about “all of us” he really means everyone involved with this horse. Davis has known the breeders, Kay and H.T. Churchwell, for over 40 years. Davis had retired from the breeding business and had made a verbal agreement with the Churchwells about the dam of Streakin Seven, who was sired by Davis’ stallion Crown Royal Cash AQHA. They got to keep and breed the mare if he would get first pick of her babies. He chose Streakin Seven and took him and the mare home to wean the foal and only days later the dam died – Streakin Seven was only 5-months-old at the time. They sent the colt to Mike Holmes to break, he rode her in the race as well. His father, Rick Holmes had ridden for Davis years ago. They kept him and worked on gating and galloping. Then he was sent to Stacy and Bobby Capps for the finishing touch. Davis knew Stacy since she was a young girl showing horses with his daughter.

Top-qualifier to this race, Valdarama, finished second in the finals with a time of 20.00 seconds. The two-year-old chestnut solid Paint-bred mare earned $12,894 for owner/trainer Dee Keener of Inola, Oklahoma. Valdarama was sired by Country Quick Dash and out of Sheeza Lil Val AQHA, sired by Dashing Val AQHA. She was bred by Kelly/Yearsley Equine LLC of Culver City, California, ridden by G. R. Carter, Jr. Her lifetime earnings are $58,730.

Third across the finish line was The Cock Of The Walk, a two-year-old sorrel solid Paint-bred gelding owned and bred by Wade Leggett of Muskogee, Oklahoma. He is sired by Royal Quick Flash and out of Corona Lace, sired by Corona Cartel AQHA. This was his second start, earning $7,474 for lifetime earnings of $8,184. He ran the race in a time of 20.02 seconds for trainer Luis VillaFranco and with jockey Kenny Muntz aboard.

Other horses completing the race, along with times, include Roddy Mac Sorley (20.06 seconds), Moons Image (20.14 seconds), Dashin Mohawk (20.18 seconds), Little Possum Jet (20.44 seconds), Shawne Wind (20.47 seconds), Bailout (20.56 seconds) and Country Strummer (20.60 seconds).

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 2009, more than 540 starters competed in more than 530 APHA-recognized races for record purses totaling more than $4.7 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.

 “With a wealth of top performing Paint racehorses, dedicated owners and talented trainers and jockeys, Paint Racing continues to remain a strong program in the horse industry,” said APHA Executive Director Lex Smurthwaite. “Paint Racing enthusiasts recognized the amount of purse money available and have jumped in to take advantage of the lucrative payouts.”

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