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PF Chief Runnin Bear dominates in the Colors of the Wind Stakes

 FORT WORTH, Texas—The colorful Paint gelding, PF Chief Runnin Bear, won the the $10,000 Colors of the Wind Stakes at Retama Park in San Antonio, Texas, on August 13. He crossed the finish line with a time of 17.93 seconds for a 95 speed index, and earned $8,407.

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PF Chief Runnin Bear dominates in the Colors of the Wind Stakes. Photo credit: Coady Photography.
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PF Chief Runnin Bear

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Owned by Bettinger and Koltiska of Austin, Texas and bred by Randy J. Davis of Vinita, Okla., PF Chief Runnin Bear is a brown tobiano gelding sired by Grand Point and out of SC Running Cloud AQHA, by Dashing Cleat AQHA. He was named the 2009 World Champion Running Paint Horse, with four stakes wins and two seconds on his performance record, his lifetime earnings are $122,966. PF Chief Runnin Bear was trained by Judd Kearl and ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo.

Finishing second was Moon Bully, an Appaloosa by Man With The Power and out of TB Fancy Moon AQHA. Moon Bully crossed the finish with a time of 18.04 seconds, earning $2,507. He is trained by Leslie Padilla and ridden by Luis Ramirez.

Third across the finish line was Memory Keeper, a sorrel solid Paint-bred stallion by Streakin La Jolla AQHA and out of Three Ohs Dondi, by Heza Three Ohs AQHA. He was bred and owned by Linda and James Whitener of Cleveland, Texas. Trained by M. Taylor and ridden by Santos Carrizales, Memory Keeper finished in 18.18 seconds.

Other horses completing the race, along with times, include Im A Corona (18.31 seconds), Northernete (18.62 seconds), Quick Dashin Cowgirl (18.66 seconds), Such A Dasher (18.76 seconds), Signs Quick Dash (18.76 seconds) and Moons Image (19.04 seconds). Awesome Fling was scratched.

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 2010, more than 500 starters competed in 429 APHA-recognized races for record purses totaling more than $4.1 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.

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