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Some Are Panthers wins the G2 Harvest Cup Futurity

FORT WORTH, Texas—Some Are Panthers, a 2009 mare won the Grade 2 Harvest Cup Futurity at Arapahoe Park in Colo., on August 21. The race was a tough battle between Some Are Panthers and second-place finisher Cash An Flash. They battled to the very end, finishing with times of 17.72 seconds and 17.78 seconds, respectively.

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Some Are Panthers wins the G2 Harvest Cup Futurity. Photo credit: Coady Photography.
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Bred and owned by The Painted Pitchfork of Rifle, Colo., Some Are Panthers is a bay solid Paint-bred mare sired by Panther Mountain AQHA and out Summer Gold, by Bully Bullion AQHA. She earned a speed index of 92 for this race in addition to earning $11,250 for the win, bringing her lifetime earnings to $16,282. Some Are Panthers was trained by Dee Keener and was ridden by Cody Jensen.

Finishing second was Cash An Flash, an Appaloosa mare owned by Dr. John V. White of Fort Collins, Colo. Cash An Flash earned $4,500 and is trained by Richard Osborn and ridden by Russell Vicchrilli.

Third across the finish line was Super Black Knight, a brown solid Paint-bred gelding by Country Quick Dash and out of Estella, by Super De Kas AQHA. He was bred by The Painted Pitchfork of Rifle, Colo., and is owned by Larry Spurlock of Inola, Okla. Trained by Dee Keener and ridden by Cody Wainscott, Super Black Knight finished in 18.09 seconds with a speed index of 81 and earned $2,750.

Other horses completing the race, along with times, include Flash Forward ApHC (18.20 seconds), Hungry For Fame (18.21 seconds); Jesses Rockin Rose (17.99 seconds); and JL Keeper (18.61 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 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