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The Cock Of The Walk starts strong winning
the G1 Graham Paint & Appaloosa Derby

 FORT WORTH, Texas— The $60,685 Grade 1 Graham Paint and Appaloosa Derby is the first derby for the year for Paints and Appaloosas at the Oklahoma City-based Remington Park. The Cock Of The Walk won the race by a half-length ahead of last years world champion Rio Rojo Jessie. The Cock Of The Walk ran the 350-yard race in 17.63 seconds and earned $23,065 for the win.

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The Cock Of The Walk strides ahead in the 2011 Graham Paint & Appaloosa Derby. Photo courtesy: Dustin Orona Photography.
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Prior to the race owner Wade Leggett introduced himself to Donald Kelly, owner of Rio Rojo Jessie. "We wished each other the best and talked briefly about how the race would more than likely be between our two horses," said Leggett. "I was really nervous coming into this race against such a tough horse as Rio Rojo Jessie."

Leggett co-owns, breeds and raises Paint Horses with his father Charles in Muskogee, Okla. When The Cock Of The Walk won the Grade 1 Lone Star Park Paint and Appaloosa Futurity at the end of last year it was their first Paint stakes win with one of their home-bred Paint horses. At the close of the race season, the gelding was named 2010 Champion Solid Paint-Bred 2-Year-Old Gelding. He now has two Grade 1 stakes wins back-to-back and has earned a total of $60,233 with six starts in his career. The Cock Of The Walk is a sorrel solid Paint-bred gelding by Royal Quick Flash and out of Corona Lace, by Corona Cartel AQHA. He is trained by Luis Villa Franco and ridden by Kenny Muntz.

"I’m so proud of The Cock Of The Walk winning the Graham Paint and Appaloosa Derby! He's such a great horse," commented Wade Leggett, who also named the horse. "I loved how the guys on TVG kept getting cracked up about his name and couldn't even hardly talk without laughing! Classic! I have it recorded at home."

Rio Rojo Jessie finishing second after dueling with The Cock Of The Walk for the 350 yards race. The bay solid Paint-bred mare ran the race in 17.69 seconds, and earned $10,316 to make her lifetime earnings $107,853 in eight races. She was named the 2010 World Champion Solid Paint-Bred Racehorse, the 2010 Champion Solid Paint-Bred 2-Year-Old and 2-Year-Old Filly. She was bred and is owned by Donald Kelly of Natchitoches, La., trained by Eddie Willis and ridden by Matthew Casebolt. She is sired by Feature Mr Jess AQHA and is out of Call Me Silking.

Third across the wire was Streakin Seven, a flashy bay tobiano gelding by Texas Six and out of Royal Quick Deal. He crossed the wire with a time of 17.75 seconds, earning $6,675 for lifetime earnings of $41,419. He is owned by Ronald Davis of Sapulpa, Okla., and was bred by Kay Churchwell of Okmulgee, Okla., trained by Stacey Capps and ridden by Mike Holmes. Other horses completing the race, along with times, include Blast The Cash (17.79 seconds), Prize Jive (17.86 seconds), Valdarama (17.90 seconds), Special Sign (17.98 seconds), Bailout (18.16 seconds), Country Strummer (18.17 seconds) and Lady Star Dancer (18.52 seconds).

More about Paint Horse racing
Horse racing has long been one of America’s favorite spectator sports. With the 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.

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, or visit