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Northernete shows her color in the Colors of Texas Stakes

FORT WORTH, Texas—The colorful Paint mare, Northernete, won the the $10,000 Colors of Texas Stakes at Sam Houston Race Track in Houston, Texas, on May 15. Northernete has done very well in the Texas racing scene, and this time against a very tough field. She crossed the finish line first in a time of 17.86 seconds for a 92 speed index, and earned $6,000.

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Northernete shows her color in the Colors of Texas Stakes. Photo credit: Dustin Orona Photography.
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Owned and bred by Larry Sherwood of Goliad, Texas, Northernete is a bay tobiano mare sired by Dos Poruno and out of Rawhide Darling, by Cherokee Treasured. With two stakes wins and a stakes third on her performance record, her lifetime earnings are $29,434. Northernete was trained by Robert Touchet and ridden by David Alvarez.

Finishing second was Im A Corona, with a time of 17.90 seconds. The chestnut solid Paint-bred gelding is sired by The Corona AQHA and out of Emilys Valentine, by Aze Beduino. Bred by Carole Vann Stacy of Warner, Okla., and owned by Juan Lozano, Sr. of Victoria, Texas, the gelding has lifetime earnings of $30,116. He is trained by Barbara Alcantara and ridden by Rolando Cabrera.

Third across the finish line was Girls Got Grip, a bay solid Paint-bred mare by Country Quick Dash and out of Got A Grip. She was bred by Linda Fox of Maud, Okla., and is owned by We All In, LLC of Black Hawk, SD. Trained by Sandra Garnett and ridden by Santos Carrizales, Girls Got Grip finished in 18.06 seconds.

Other horses completing the race, along with times, include Awesome Judy (18.15 seconds), Such A Dasher (18.25 seconds), Ellies Dream (18.57 seconds) and He Will Shashm First (18.65 seconds). Allysa 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