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Flash Of Silk wins the G3 Lorelei Paint & Appaloosa Derby

 FORT WORTH, Texas— Flash Of Silk won the Grade 3 Lorelei Derby on September 24, 2011, at Will Rogers Downs Race Track in Claremore, Okla.

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Flash Of Silk wins the G3 Lorelei Paint & Appaloosa Derby.
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Flash Of Silk

Pedigree Bracket

Royal Quick Flash

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Royal Quick Dash 3rd Gen Bracket First Down Dash
Harems Choice
Venice Song 3rd Gen Bracket Hempen
Judys Silk

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 Flash Of Silk, a sorrel Solid Paint-bred gelding, sired by Royal Quick Flash and out of Judys Silk, covered the 400-yard distance in 19.61 seconds for $17,900 of the $39,500 purse. Flash Of Silk is owned by B.J. Hall and Jeff Dean of Porter, Okla., was trained by Jeff Dean and was ridden by Debbie Freeman.

Special Sign, a sorrel Solid Paint-bred gelding, sired by Special Leader AQHA and out of Signs Of Summer finished second with a time of 19.71 seconds. Special Sign is owned by The Painted Pitchfork of Rifle, Colo., was trained by Dee Keener and was ridden by Jesus Salazar.

Rio Rojo Jessie, a bay Solid Paint-bred mare, sired by Feature Mr Jess AQHA and out of Call Me Silking finished third with a time of 19.84 seconds. Rio Rojo Jessie is owned by Donald Kelly of Natchitoches, La., was trained by Eddie Willis and was ridden by Matthew Casebolt.

Other horses completing the race, along with times, include The Cock Of The Walk (20.03 seconds); Dos Jakes (20.06 seconds); Streakin Seven (20.06 seconds); Bailout (20.09 seconds); Valdarama (20.15 seconds); Rip Roarin Moves (20.16 seconds); Got Country Itch (20.26 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